Building Confidence in the Kitchen: Diasporican in Sacramento

Sacramento-raised and James Beard Award-winning writer Illyanna Maisonet will lead a virtual cooking demonstration, featuring recipes from her cookbook "Diasporican: A Puerto Rican Cookbook." Illyanna’s mission is to highlight dishes where the ingredients are accessible, traditional, and can feed a large family on a budget. 

Join us for a series of three virtual classes and cook along with Illyanna at home! 

Copies of "Diasporican" are available for participants while supplies last. Must be able to pick up the cookbook from a Sacramento Public Library location. If you would like to receive a cookbook, please register for the program, then email us with the library location closest to you. 

Illyanna Maisonet was the United States’ first Puerto Rican food columnist for a major newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, and has hosted sold out pop-up dinners across the San Francisco Bay Area. An IACP award winner for narrative food writing, she collaborated with José Andrés for Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story wrap party, contributed recipes to Rancho Gordo, authored a crowdfunded cookbooklet, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, Saveur, Food & Wine, Lucky Peach, Food52, Eater SF, and more.

January 10 at 5:30 p.m. - Pollo Guisado and Sofrito
Registration via Zoom is required. Ingredients for the recipe are available in the link below. There will be time for questions at the end of the demonstration.

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February 7 at 5:30 p.m. - Califas Shrimp and Funche
Registration via Zoom is required. Ingredients for the recipe are available in the link below. There will be time for questions at the end of the demonstration.   
March 6 at 5:30 p.m. - Spam Guisada
Registration via Zoom is required. Ingredients for the recipe are available in the link below. There will be time for questions at the end of the demonstration.
March 13 at 6 p.m. at the Central Library - Illyanna Maisonet: Enters the Chat
Want to hear from Illyanna in person? Join us for an evening with Illyanna Maisonet to discuss her book, "Diasporican: A Puerto Rican Cookbook." Described as a “delicious journey through purpose, place, and the power of food” by Jose Andres, Diasporican is a visual record of Puerto Rican food, ingredients, and techniques. Illyanna traces the island’s flavor traditions to the Taino, Spanish, African and even United States’ cultures that created it. These dishes, shaped by geography, immigration and colonization, reflect the ingenuity and diversity of their people. Filled with travel and food photography, Diasporican reveals how food connects us to family, history, conflict, and migration.
   
Cook the Book: Diasporican
Put on your cooking apron and join us for a live cooking demonstration at a library location near you. Learn how to make recipes from “Diasporican: A Puerto Rican Cookbook." All ingredients and supplies will be provided. Adults and teens welcome. Presented in partnership with Health Education Council. Enrollment is limited. Contact us via email or phone (916-264-2893) to register. 
DATE TIME LOCATION LANGUAGE RECIPE
January 11 3:30 p.m. Valley Hi-North Laguna Library English & Spanish Chicken Curry
January 25 3:30 p.m. North Highlands-Antelope Library English Puerto Rican Laab
February 15 3:30 p.m. Southgate Library English & Spanish     Arroz con Dulce
February 29 3:30 p.m. South Natomas Library English & Spanish Chicken Curry
March 14 3:30 p.m. Rancho Cordova Library English Puerto Rican Laab
March 28 3:30 p.m. Central Library English & Spanish Arroz con Dulce
This project is funded by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Cooperative Agreement Number U24LM014070 with the University of Iowa, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, and the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System.