June 7, 2018 7:30 pm
When her family moved from Puerto Rico to Atlanta, Von Diaz traded plantains, roast pork, and malta for grits, fried chicken, and sweet tea. Now based in New York, Diaz created Coconuts and Collards as both a cookbook and a memoir of growing up Latina in the Deep South. Inspired by her grandmother’s 1962 copy of Cocina Criolla —the Puerto Rican equivalent of the Joy of Cooking — Diaz shares traditional recipes and the stories of the women her family and the food they used to nourish and care for one another: grits kicked up with coconut milk, shepherd’s pie with sweet plantains, and stewed okra laced with sofrito. With stunning photographs that showcase the geographic diversity of the island and the vibrant ingredients that make up Puerto Rican cuisine, this cookbook is a moving story about the foods that remind us of family and help us bridge childhood and adulthood, island and mainland, birthplace and adopted home. Diaz celebrates her book with a talk and some tasty free samples from her recipes.
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