Fresh from the Sunshine State: Introducing ‘The Florida Vegetarian Cookbook’

Florida Vegetarian Cookbook Cover page showing the author and three images of recipes.Imagine the sun-kissed fields of Florida, brimming with a kaleidoscope of fruits, vegetables, and herbs, awaiting transformation into culinary masterpieces. That’s the scene food journalist Dalia Colón sets in The Florida Vegetarian Cookbook, now Available at the UF/IFAS Bookstore. With her as your guide, you’re not just setting out on a delicious adventure; you’re going into the heart and soul of Florida’s vibrant food culture.

Colón intertwines the stories behind the recipes with the rich history of Florida’s cherished food traditions, from the origins of the Florida Strawberry Festival to the rise and decline of the state’s citrus industry. Each tale adds depth to the culinary journey.

Within the cookbook’s pages, you’ll discover over 100 recipes bursting with local ingredients as unique as the state itself. From iconic oranges and tomatoes to the unexpected delights of sugarcane, peanuts, cabbage, squash, and cantaloupe, each ingredient speaks to Florida’s rich agricultural heritage.


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What sets this cookbook apart is its accessibility and appeal to seasoned vegetarians, vegans, and curious omnivores alike. The recipes aren’t just easy to make and delicious; they’re complemented by Colón’s engaging storytelling and sunny personality. Colorful illustrations enhance the culinary experience.

As you navigate through the pages of The Florida Vegetarian Cookbook, you’ll not only uncover mouthwatering recipes but also immerse yourself in the stories behind some of the state’s most cherished food traditions. It’s like chatting with a friend who’s an expert on all things food and Florida.

Whether you’re an experienced chef or new to the kitchen, The Florida Vegetarian Cookbook caters to everyone. With its easy-to-follow recipes, engaging storytelling, and focus on fresh, local ingredients, this cookbook invites you to savor the flavors of Florida while embracing a plant-based lifestyle.

Order your copy today at the UF/IFAS Bookstore website.


Reading age: Adults and young adults, Print length: 208 pages, Languages available: English, Dimensions: 7.25 x 9.25 inches, Publisher: University Press of Florida


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Posted: May 13, 2024

Category: UF/IFAS Communications, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Dalia Colón, Florida Vegetarian Cookbook, Local Ingredients, Plant-based Recipes, Rolando Negron, UF/IFAS Bookstore, Vegan-friendly, Vegetarian Food

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