When one thinks about culture, one of the first things that surely come to mind is food. Food contains the depth and breadth of histories that defy obliteration; it is the point of intersection of where people once met and planted stakes in memory of their identities. Food wafts upward to the highest point of our consciousness and delight. Therefore, it was a simply brilliant undertaking when Von Diaz collated the homegrown recipes of her childhood, beloved family members and community in a narrative-style cookbook. A novel approach to the classic recipes of her beloved island Puerto Rico. Strengthening and proving that food is indeed one of the cornerstones of culture.

We are honored to invite her to a seat at our table, where she will share the delicious stories behind these soul-warming recipes, and the valiant culture behind them.

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 debut cookbook, Coconuts & Collards, has been featured in the New York Times, The Washington PostBon Appétit, NPR, Food & Wine Magazine, Eater, and Epicurious. She has also been a reporter for NPR, StoryCorps, The Splendid Table, American Public Media, WNYC, PRI’s The World, The Southern Foodways Alliance, Colorlines, and Feet in 2 Worlds. Von holds a dual M.A. in Journalism and Latin American and Caribbean Studies from New York University, and a B.A. in Women’s Studies from Agnes Scott College. She was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico and grew up in Atlanta, GA.