Miami Author – Mandy Baca
As a food- and history-obsessed Miami native, Mandy Baca grew up surrounded by an abundance of food traditions; ones that were both traditional and non-traditional in nature as is the case in immigrant households assimilating to life in the United States. That catalyst would eventually lead her to the School of Hospitality at Johnson & Wales University and then abroad to the Food Studies master’s program at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy. In the past, she has held various positions within the hospitality industry and contributed to publications both locally and nationally. She was also included in Zagat Miami’s 1st 30 Under 30 list of gastronomic game changers.
In 2013, The History Press published her first book, The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine: Cortaditos, Stone Crabs and Empanadas; which details Miami’s rich food culture. Earlier this month, Globe Pequot Press published her second book, Discovering Vintage Miami. She currently resides in the vibrant city of Miami and continues her quest to advance the interest in local food culture and inspire excitement and change in people’s consumption habits through local community initiatives and writing.
Up next, she will be researching the impact of Cubans and Cuban Americans on the local food culture for a book that will include old recipes, personal stories, and general history.
Read more of the author’s work on her PRESSFOLIOS page.
Discovering Vintage Miami takes you back in time to all of the timeless classic spots this city has to offer. The book spotlights the charming stories that tell you what each place is like now and how it got that way from classic restaurants to shops to other establishments like hotels that still thrive today and evoke the unique character of the city. They’re still around—but they won’t be around forever. Start reading, and start your discovering now!
50 establishments are highlighted in the book including such favorites as Pinecrest Wayside Market, Maya Hatcha, Sunset Corners, El Rey de las Fritas, and Bird Bowl.
The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine: Cortaditos, Stone Crabs and Empanadas. The culinary history of Miami is a reflection of its culture–spicy, vibrant and diverse. And though delectable seafood has always been a staple in South Florida, influences from Latin and Caribbean nations brought zest to the city’s world-renowned cuisine. Even the orange, the state’s most popular fruit, migrated from another country. Join local food author Mandy Baca as she recounts the delicious history of Miami’s delicacies from the Tequesta Indians to the present-day local food revolution. Buy your copy today.
Winner of International Academy of Gastronomy’s 2014 Prix de la Litterature Gastronomique.
- WLRN – Author Mandy Baca Traces Miami’s Sizzling History Through Food
- Appetite for Books – Miami Field Trip: Historic Restaurants of Miami
- Short Order – The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine: Hot Summer Reading for Foodies
- December 12 / 5 pm – 11 pm: Visit my booth at Snow Owl Market-Holiday Street Festival and finish all of your last minute holiday shopping.
- December 16 / 8 pm: Book reading at Books & Books Coral Gables. Stop by and chat with me about my newest book, Discovering Vintage Miami.