Announcing “Coconuts and Collards: Recipes and Stories from Puerto Rico to the Deep South”

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Cocina Criolla / Food / Gordita / Puerto Rico / Uncategorized


My three-year journey exploring Puerto Rican heritage and cuisine Julie-and-Julia-style through the cookbook “Cocina Criolla” has taken lots of different forms—from videos to radio to personal essays, and even a TEDx talk. This process of discovery led to my forthcoming book, tentatively titled “Gordita: Craving Puerto Rico.”

“Coconuts and Collards” will be a collection of stories and a fresh look at Puerto Rican food.  My goal is to use storytelling and recipes to explore the colonial and contemporary history of the island, the ongoing cultural exchange between Puerto Rico and the mainland, and ways that Puerto Ricans are reclaiming identity today.

I’m thrilled and honored by this opportunity, and excited to share the journey! Follow me on Instagram (@cocinacriolla), Twitter (@vondiaz), and  Facebook for updates as I write and cook my way through this book.

The Author

Von Diaz is a writer and radio producer based in New York City. She is a self-taught cook who explores Puerto Rican food, culture, and identity through memoir and multimedia. Her work has been featured on NPR, American Public Media, StoryCorps, WNYC, PRI’s The World, BuzzFeed, Colorlines, and Feet in 2 Worlds.

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