Distills the multicultural essence of Floridian cuisine into a well flavored guisado of style and taste. . . . Densely laden with impeccable recipes and shout-outs to local producers, the book is a story of one chef continuing to discover the quilt of Florida cooking, for all of us.
Explore[s] the diverse cultural influences on modern Florida fare, from the Caribbean and Latin America to the Middle East.
Norman has created a useful book that can guide even novice cooks to greatness. His recipes are easy to follow and almost foolproof.
--Tampa Bay Magazine
[Van Aken’s] easy-to-follow recipes unlock the secrets of . . . the power of Florida foodways.
--Creative Loafing Tampa Bay
In his love letter to Florida’s abundant seafood, tropical produce and multicultural flavors, Norman Van Aken weaves lore and stories among his recipes.
--Edible South Florida