This little cookbook is a favorite of many Floridians. For more than ten years, Lowis Carlton traveled Florida, collecting and testing recipes found to be popular with different cultures in all the regions of the state. Iconic recipes include Greek lamb kabobs from Tarpon Springs, fried Catfish from Clewiston, beef barbecue from Florida cow country, Key West paella, and yam praline pie from the Panhandle. Recipes are grouped by region and each section is preceded by a mini history.
Now, over 50 new recipes from noted Florida food writer Marisella Veiga, Famous Florida Recipes brings in new cultural and regional material for home cooks throughout the state. With new dishes to make like Vietnamese fish sauce made popular by in Central Florida, or Minorcan clam chowder in St. Augustine, readers interested in all of the culture and history that makes up the food profile of Florida will have the opportunity to cook from around the state and learn its history.
Lowis Carlton has written for a variety of national publications and is also the author of the book Florida Seafood Cookery. While serving as food editor for the Miami Herald, Lowis won the Vespa Award, a national newspaper award for food writing. She has served as a judge for the Pillsbury Bake-Off and has traveled extensively in Europe studying food customs. Lowis was gourmet editor for Palm Beah Life magazine for many years, and was also a columnist for the Florida Department of Agriculture, writing about Florida products for 200 newspapers throughout the U.S.
Marisella Veiga enjoys researching and writing about food history and teaching the fundamentals of Cuban cooking around Florida and beyond. Her Cuban Rice Classics was published by Rubber Tree Press in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 2013. She contributed an encyclopedia entry on Cuban American Food and Foodways; it was included in Ethnic-American Food Today: a Cultural Encyclopedia edited by Lucy M. Long (Alta Mira Press, 2015). Veiga contributed two recipes to Ethnic American Cooking: Recipes for Living in a New World, edited by Lucy M. Long (Rowan and Littlefield, 2016).
The Jaxson, a multimedia project launched by Modern Cities and WJCT Public Broadcasting, accepted her column this week on the Cuban Sandwich for publication this month.
In 2015, Veiga was honored to be selected as a featured home cook at the Florida Folk Life festival in White Springs, Florida. She has returned there as presenter several times. Additionally, she has given cooking demos in Tarpon Springs, St. Augustine, Jacksonville, Cortez, Eastpointe, Carrabelle and Jackson, Tennessee.
She served as a panelist for the University of Florida’s Center for Humanities in the Public Sphere’s discussion on Food Memories of Latin America which was later aired on NPR’s Zest Podcast, September 30, 2021.
The organization Weavetales, sharing Newcomer Storytelling through Cooking, featured Veiga in a 48-minute video in their Hearty Tables series on YouTube.
Veiga’s website www.cuba-cooks.com strives to maintain Cuban foods and foodways
in order to share them with others. Home cooks are featured.
Veiga’s poetry, fiction and nonfiction has appeared in both literary and commercial publications. She was a syndicated columnist for Hispanic Link News Service in Washington, D.C. She has worked as a journalist, translator and English professor. She is the author of We Carry Our Homes with Us: A Cuban American Memoir (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2016).