Take a look at some of the exciting reviews UPF books have received in the past few months!


10242017182642_500x500Von Diaz’s new cookbook, Coconuts and Collards: Recipes and Stories from Puerto Rico to the Deep South, has drawn lots of attention recently. Diaz has been interviewed about her book in the Tampa Bay Times, on NPR, and on the Heritage Radio Network. Coconuts and Collards was featured once again in Publishers Weekly, which noted, “The recipes are solid and imaginative, but it’s Diaz’s gift for storytelling that shines.” The Tasting Table named the book one of the Best New Cookbooks for Spring 2018, writing, “In a hypothetical venn diagram of Puerto Rican and American South cuisines, Diaz fills the overlap with adobo-marinated fried chicken and coconut milk grits. The book is at once a memoir, an ode to the inspiring women in her family and a resource for highly original recipes.”

More praise for Coconuts and Collards:

Coconuts and Collards is about the complex blend of history and agriculture that have shaped the island’s food and how Diaz found a way to blend two distinct cultures in a way that felt true to her own life.”—Bon Appétit

“Provocative. . . . The recipes aren’t strictly Puerto Rican and they aren’t strictly Southern—they’re Diaz’s own, based on her personal food history and her love of both cuisines.”—Epicurious 

“It’s too simple to call Diaz’s dishes fusion food. What emerges through these recipes is something greater than the sum of [the book’s] two cooking cultures—the mainland South and the United States’ island South.”—Garden & Gun 

Other UPF books have also received exciting recognition:


Son of Real Florida: Stories from My Life
by Jeff Klinkenberg

“Klinkenberg . . . covers key lime pie, snake wranglers, and the oyster-shucking queen of Apalachicola with nuance. And that lets the rest of us lovingly celebrate our country’s (arguably) most fascinating state.”—Garden & Gun 

“Reverberate[s] with [Klinkenberg’s] knowledge of and love for Florida.”—Tampa Bay Times


10132017185232_500x500Dancing in Blackness: A Memoir
by Halifu Osumare

“Explores the relationship between dance and culture from the perspective of someone who celebrated both, intertwined.”
Sacramento Bee 



05242017193910_500x500FORUM Magazine featured an article on John Capouya’s book, Florida Soul: From Ray Charles to KC and the Sunshine Band. Florida Verve also reviewed the book, writing, “Capouya looks at the music not only as entertainment but as an expression of the culture and history that surrounded it.”



12192017135630_500x500Bill DeYoung was interviewed by Creative Loafing, Tampa Bay about his new book Phil Gernhard, Record Man. DeYoung says of Gernhard, “It’s often said that art comes from some sort of internal conflict. Phil was a flawed human being, for sure, but he was — particularly in the ’60s and ’70s — an artist. I hope people will investigate some of his lesser-known material.”



vossx002_500x500 A Pioneer Son at Sea: Fishing Tales of Old Florida, by Gilbert L. Voss and edited by Robert S. Voss, was profiled by The Drunken Odyssey.





UPF author Julie J. Lesnik’s research was featured in National Geographic. Lesnik’s forthcoming book Edible Insects and Human Evolution will be published in July.





 The Many Facades of Edith Sitwell perox001_500x500
edited by Allan Pero and Gyllian Phillips

“A resourceful and well-put-together collection. . . . Contributors engage with Sitwell’s transgressive and unclassifiable modernism.”
Times Literary Supplement 

06012017190122_500x5001Borderland Narratives: Negotiation and Accommodation in North America’s Contested Spaces, 1500–1850
edited by Andrew K. Frank and A. Glenn Crothers

“This important collection of essays reveals new insights and asks potentially fruitful questions about borderland spaces between 1500 and 1850. . . Essential.”—Choice




All these books are 20-40% off with $1 shipping through June 17, 2018 in our Moms, Dads, and Grads Sale! Order with code MDG18 at upress.ufl.edu.


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