Images from Tossed to the Wind

Tossed to the Wind: Stories of Hurricane Maria Survivors By María T. Padilla and Nancy Rosado This book is currently available at a discount price and free shipping. Order here and use code UPF75, valid through June 30. From author María T. Padilla: In October 2017, a month after Maria ripped through Puerto Rico as … Continue reading Images from Tossed to the Wind

Quarantine Cooking: Coconut-Braised Collards and Funche de Coco (Coconut Grits) from Coconuts and Collards

As part of our "Quarantine Cooking" series, UPF acquisitions editor Stephanye Hunter made Coconut-Braised Collards and Funche de Coco (Coconut Grits) from Von Diaz's Coconuts and Collards. Stephanye's comments: A combination of memoir and recipes, Von Diaz’s Coconuts and Collards is simply a joy to read. Diaz moved from Puerto Rico to Atlanta when she … Continue reading Quarantine Cooking: Coconut-Braised Collards and Funche de Coco (Coconut Grits) from Coconuts and Collards

Tossed to the Wind

After the storm, a community comes together   “Provides compelling narratives about the harrowing experiences of Puerto Ricans on the island during Hurricane Maria, the many failures of the government in addressing the crisis both there and among evacuees in the United States, and their resilience in searching for solutions.”—Elizabeth Garcia, author of Healing Memories: Puerto … Continue reading Tossed to the Wind

Quarantine Cooking: Picadillo from Coconuts and Collards

Our "Quarantine Cooking" series continues with Picadillo from Coconuts and Collards by Von Diaz. UPF managing editor Marthe Walters tried this recipe with her daughter at home. Below are the instructions for making Picadillo along with recipes for Sofrito and Sazón, two of its ingredients. Marthe approximated these ingredients based on what was available in … Continue reading Quarantine Cooking: Picadillo from Coconuts and Collards

Latino Orlando

“Delerme has conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork with Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in Orlando to provide a full-fledged picture of a complex and heterogenous community that has become central to the economic, cultural, and political life of the ‘New South.’”—Jorge Duany, editor of Picturing Cuba: Art, Culture, and Identity on the Island and in the Diaspora … Continue reading Latino Orlando

The Politics of Language in Puerto Rico: Revisited

“A significant contribution to the continuing contentious debate on the status of Puerto Rico. . . . In addition to archival resources, the author includes interviews with prominent Puerto Rican political leaders in and out of government to provide a historical and contemporary basis for understanding the language issue on the island.”—Choice   “A welcome … Continue reading The Politics of Language in Puerto Rico: Revisited

Archaeology of Identity and Dissonance

“A hugely valuable and important volume which speaks to the future as much as the past. Archaeology, as practiced in this volume, reveals both human stories of oppression and resistance and evidence of the social processes which continue to shape how people define themselves. The need for such insights is more pressing than ever, and … Continue reading Archaeology of Identity and Dissonance

Coconuts and Collards

"Diaz grew up shuttled between Puerto Rico and Atlanta, and her appreciation for both cultures and their rich culinary histories is showcased in this delightful collection of Puerto Rican comfort food recipes. . . . Alongside the recipes, Diaz also shares stories from her family history, an often tumultuous one grounded by memories of food prepared … Continue reading Coconuts and Collards

Seams of Empire

"A truly excellent contribution that unearths new and largely unknown evidence about relationships between Puerto Ricans and African-Americans and white Americans in the continental United States and Puerto Rico. Alamo-Pastrana revises how race is to be studied and understood across national, cultural, colonial, and hierarchical cultural relations."--Zaire Zenit Dinzey-Flores, author of Locked In, Locked Out: … Continue reading Seams of Empire

Slave Families and the Hato Economy in Puerto Rico

“Deftly uses the available parish registers to document the stages of the coming of African men and women to Puerto Rico in the eighteenth century and reveals patterns of family formation and bonds of solidarity among the African slaves and with the rest of society.”—Fernando Pico, author of Puerto Rico Remembered “An exceptionally well researched, … Continue reading Slave Families and the Hato Economy in Puerto Rico