Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Florida Cookbooks and Kosher Food

"A Taste of Manatee" (County, that is) in today's Bradenton Herald reminds us that food is a important part of regional culture. Treasured Editions celebrates the 75th Anniversary of Bradenton's Entre Nous Club, and What's Cooking in Cortez is a community cookbook benefitting the Cortez Village Historical Society and F.I.S.H.

The Walton Sun recently published a review of Seasonal Florida, a regional (Florida panhandle) cookbook originally conceived as a way to raise money for repairs to the Stuart-Knox-Gillis House in DeFuniak Springs.

It's not a cookbook, but another food-related article in the press recently was "Kosher Wars Hit South Florida." Evidently Publix, Winn-Dixie, and Albertsons are duking it out over the kosher market sector. And on another tangent, did you know that the Florida Department of Agriculture has a "Kosher from Florida" marketing program?


  1. Hello, Lucy. Great post. One of my favorite Florida cookbooks is Cross Creek Cookery by Florida author (The Yearling! and others) Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. I've only seen it once, but I've heard it lovingly described by fans of Florida cooking many a time!

  2. I never know whether I should put Cross Creek Cookery (it's available in paperback) in the pantry with my cookbooks or in the office with the Florida books. Not having a cow or fresh bear meat, some of the recipes are a little impractical for me, but others are fine. I saw Betty Jean Steinhouser portray Rawlings a couple of years ago, and part of the deal was heavy appetizers/light dinner made from MKR's recipes, an interesting programming idea. (The pecan pie was good.)

  3. Anonymous7:41 PM

    Hi, I found a menu from the Truman visit to Everglades City and it calls for:
    "okaloacoochee cup; stone crabs pavillion; and hearts of palms salad-Kissimmmee Bille".

    If you can help find the recipes I would be interested. My email is
    Thank you for your time


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