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.” “Gordita” 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 […]
Last December I spent a week in Northwest Arkansas, reporting a podcast for Gravy – The Southern Foodways Alliance’s podcast. There, I visited Springdale, Arkansas where I met animal welfare advocates, immigration activists, the owner of a famous local chicken restaurant, and nearly a dozen Latina poultry workers. I discovered a vibrant, organized, politically engaged, and proud Latino community – predominantly Mexican and Central American – in a place where few expected them to be in such large […]
Some of latest interviews for The Splendid Table. The law of peanut butter and jelly? Why some flavors work well together “The more I thought about the things that I was eating that I loved, the more I realized that they all followed these laws,” says chef Justin Warner, author of The Laws of Cooking. Eric Werner on Hartwood restaurant: ‘We were just following our dream’ Mya Henry and Eric Werner turned their shared dream into […]
When I’m not cooking or eating (or writing about cooking and eating), I’m a Producer at StoryCorps. For the past year I’ve been producing NPR broadcasts for our special initiatives including OutLoud—which records interviews with LGBTQ communities across the country. I’ve had the honor of meeting some amazing, fierce people who’ve taught me so much. Here are a few of those people: “I was worried that you liked me as a girl.” Gabe López, assigned female at birth, […]
Originally published on Colorlines on September 17, 2013. Last year Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA emerged as a long-awaited saving grace for undocumented youth or so-called DREAMers who were brought to the United States as children or teenagers. When DACA went into effect last August it offered them a temporary reprieve from deportation, authorization to work and the ability to get a temporary social security card and drivers license. But a year into […]
By: Von Diaz Originally published on the Latin America News Dispatch on December 4, 2010. NEW YORK—The Puerto Rican Government and tourism bureau have launched simultaneous campaigns intended to overcome economic challenges by sparking tourism and private investment. “Discover why Puerto Rico does it better,” reads the tagline for the joint tourism campaign launched by the Puerto Rican Governor’s Office and the Puerto Rico Tourism Company in New York on Tuesday. The new tourism campaign […]
By: Von Diaz Originally published on the Latin America News Dispatch on November 1, 2010 NEW YORK— Immigration has become a divisive topic in the upcoming mid-term elections, prompting speculation that the slow pace of proposed immigration reform legislation has disillusioned Hispanics enough to make them reconsider voting. But regardless of the outcome in the midterm elections, the panic induced by the possibility of Latinos not voting reveals how the Latino voice has grown in […]
Von Diaz is a New York City based Boricua from the South. She is a multi-media journalist and researcher who focuses on LGBT issues, immigration, and Cuba. Von’s work has been published on PRI’s The World, Feet in Two Worlds, WNYC’s It’s a Free Country, New American Media, and the Latin America News Dispatch.