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Dec 8, 2008 08:03 AM

ISO: The Quintessential Floridian Cookbook

i would like a regional cookbook that best represented Florida.

could you also recommend ones that represent just Miami and Just Tampa Bay area?

Thanks in advance,

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  1. There is The Florida Cookbook, authors Jeanne Voltz and Caroline Stuart, published by Knopf in 2003. A Floridian gave it to me for Christmas a couple of years ago so I could learn about Cuban bread.


    1. Used to live in Orlando, and traveled to Tampa/St. Pete quite a lot. The only truly local cookbook that I ever saw was "The Gasparilla Cookbook." I think it's published by the Junior League of Tampa, which is, coincidentally, where I would first point anyone looking for recipes representing a particular city that doesn't have a well-defined food scene (like NYC or New Orleans). Also, I believe the Columbian (a very popular local restaurant in nearby Ybor City) has published a book as well - while I can attest to their food being quite good, I can't attest to the cookbook itself.

      Try this link:

      For Miami, you might try the "Three Guys from Miami" books - although mostly Cuban-American takes on traditional Cuban cuisine - it's a bit limited in scope (Miami has a lot of different cultures like any big city), but the recipes are all very good, although I do think the book is a bit hokey. You could probably find a better cookbook, but I don't know of one (I always drove right past Miami in a hurry to get to Key West).

      As for general "Floridian" books, I haven't seen anything promising in particular, but I do recommend anything by Norman Van Aiken. Floridians claim him as their own (his style is called "Floribbean") - and his recipes always remind me of the natural cultural fusion that Floridian cuisine always seems to provide.

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      1. re: jazzy77

        Miami Spice: The New Florida Cuisine by Steven Raichlen

      2. Not sure if you will find it practical, but if you enjoy old cookbooks, Marjorie Kinan Rawlings, Cross Creek Cookery is a really fun read through. A good antique cook book and a nice snapshot of the Southern diet pre WW2. And some of the recipes still work well!

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