Von Diaz

Location: Durham, North Carolina

Puerto Rican-born and Atlanta-raised Von Diaz is an Emmy Award-winning documentarian, radio producer, and food historian. She explores food, culture, and identity in her work, which has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, Bon Appétit, Condé Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, and Eater, among others. She published her debut culinary memoir, Coconut & Collards: Recipes and Stories from Puerto to the Deep South, in 2018. 


Von Diaz is a multimedia storyteller with a wide range of experiences — an adjunct professor teaching Food Studies at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; a journalist for NPR, StoryCorps, The Southern Foodways Alliance, and Atlanta Magazine; and a contributor at The Splendid Table. Her recipes and essays have appeared in a number of cookbooks and anthologies, including America The Great Cookbook, Feed the Resistance, Women on Food, Tasty Pride, Rage Baking, and Sheetpan Chicken. Von's latest book, Islas: A Celebration of Tropical Cooking (Chronicle 2023), explores the cuisines and cooking techniques of tropical islands across the globe. 


Von holds a bachelor's degree in women's studies and Spanish from Agnes Scott College and a master's degree in journalism and Latin American and Caribbean studies from New York University.

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