Enjoy a taste of Florida’s history with this collection of hearty recipes inspired by Seminole cooking. Each dish evokes a time now past, when foods like venison, coontie, pumpkin, heart of palm, and guava were important parts of delicious feasts across the state.
Learn how you can use easy-to-find ingredients—pumpkin, cornmeal, bacon, and beef—to make unique and satisfying dishes, such as seafood corn pudding and hominy, in just a few steps. Or try your hand at wilder fare like rosella muffins, chilled seagrape soup, swamp cabbage salad, and sassafras jelly. Adventurous palates will delight in seasoned fried frog legs, roast rabbit with corn stuffing, and even two variations of alligator tail steak.
Seminole Indian Recipes includes southern favorites that have stood the test of time, such as hushpuppies and fried green tomatoes, alongside meals re-created from history. With pancakes, breads, fritters, stews, and puddings, these authentic Florida flavors are perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert!
Joyce LaFray is a food critic, author, lecturer, and spokesperson. She is the author of numerous books, including Key Lime Cookin’ and Cuban Home Cooking.