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Every Dish Has a Story: Mapping My Food History | TEDxPiscataquaRiver

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Art and Culture / Cocina Criolla / Food / Immigrants / Latinos / Media / Puerto Rico / Race / Videos / Women

This spring I was gave a talk about identity, family,Puerto Rican culture, and mofongo at TEDx PiscataquaRiver.  Watch it on YouTube, or read the full transcript below. [TRANSCRIPT]* Every Dish Has a Story: Mapping My Food History  I love mofongo… It’s a traditional Puerto Rican dish made by frying, then smashing green plantains, then adding garlic, olive oil, and chicharrón or fried pork skins. It’s super rico … really delicious. If you haven’t had mofongo before, maybe you’re looking at this image […]

Tostones Rellenos with Black Beans and Avocado Sauce

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Cocina Criolla / Food

Even if you haven’t had much Puerto Rican food, you’ve probably had tostones. They’re a popular appetizer or side dish, made by frying, then smashing green plantains. Usually they’re served with a mojo, or garlic dipping sauce. My grandmother, who passed away recently, used to make tostones rellenos (stuffed tostones) with a special tool designed for making them. She used to fill them with whatever she had on had—tuna with capers and lime juice or picadillo […]

Three Generations, One Cookbook, and Memories of Puerto Rico

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Cocina Criolla / Food / Immigrants / Latinos / Puerto Rico / Videos / Women

Originally published on August 25, 2014 as part of Feet in 2 Worlds Coming to the Table issue. My grandmother, known fondly as “Tata,” inspired me to start cooking. It was because of her that I started the Cocina Criolla project—where I’m cooking my way through the classic Puerto Rican cookbook by the same name. When I began the project, I was immediately transported back to Puerto Rico, standing in my grandmother’s kitchen while she […]

Cocina Criolla on NPR’s The Splendid Table: ‘Cooking from a classic Puerto Rican cookbook, with mother and grandmother’

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Cocina Criolla / Food / Puerto Rico / Women

Originally published on The Splendid Table on September 20, 2014. When Von Diaz ended up with her grandmother’s 1964 copy of the Puerto Rican classic Cocina Criolla, she decided to explore the recipes. What started as an homage to her grandmother became “a project that was so much about culture and identity and understanding the history of an island’s cuisine that is fiercely underexplored,” Diaz says. She is working on a memoir and cookbook based […]

Bronx Baker Turns Dominican Cakes Into A Sweet American Dream

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Food / Immigrants / Women

Originally published on August 26, 2014 on NPR’s The Salt. For many immigrants arriving in the U.S., opening a family food business can be a pathway to economic stability. While many fail, one Dominican woman in the Bronx has managed to get her family off food stamps, send her kids to college and share her heritage with new friends and neighbors. And it all started with cake. Not just any cake — but bizcocho Dominicano, […]

Recipes for a New Kind of Thanksgiving

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Art and Culture / Food / Immigrants

Originally published on Colorlines on November 22, 2013. Despite the political tensions surrounding Thanksgiving, it’s a holiday many use to unite with family and friends. And what ends up on the table is often a tweaked version of the usual fare that better matches the heritage and politics of the celebrants. For some that means looking to food history to incorporate forgotten ingredients that were essential to their ancestors or focusing on local, sustainable ingredients. For others, […]

Mapping Food Justice

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Food Justice / Immigrants

Originally published on Colorlines on October 24, 2013. Check out The Color of Food interactive map on Brown Girl Farming. Natasha Bowens describes herself as a “young, brown female who likes to farm.” And while she didn’t grow up doing it, she’s now dedicated her career to creating a network of other people of color in farming and food justice. Like many people Bowens became an activist in college, and focused her early career working on the 2008 […]

Tongue Tied: Some Dishes from Back Home Can Leave You Speechless

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Cocina Criolla / Feet in Two Worlds / Food / Puerto Rico
Lengua Estofada (Photo: Maria Watts)

By Von Diaz Originally published on Food in Two Worlds on May 2, 2013. Tongue? Seriously? It’s hard to think about cooking an entire beef tongue no matter how trendy it may be to “use the whole animal.” When I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area I discovered tacos de lengua at Taqueria Cancun in the Mission District. I ate them at least once a week, enjoying their texture – delightfully spongy yet crisped around […]