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World Traveler (& Foodie) Guide to Miami Book Fair

This year’s Miami Book Fair is bookended with presentations by The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah and Senator Bernie Sanders (sold out) with readings and panel discussions by hundreds of authors of every genre. Running from November 13-20 at Miami Dade College, the fair also brings a handful of notable travel and food writers to Miami. Read on for your world traveler and foodie guide to the fair. 

Saturday, November 19

Veronica Cervera and Yosmar Monique Martinez present Delicious Dish: Cuba and the Road to Compostela at 11 a.m. at Kitchen Stadium


Veronica Cervera’s La Cocina Cubana De Vero offers 100 recipes that represent the mainstays of Cuban cuisine, not only from family tradition on the island, but also from exile. 

Yosmar Monique Martinez’s cookbook Tastes of the Camino: 30 Authentic Recipes Along the French Way reveals the foods along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, an ancient pilgrimage route between France and Northern Spain. 

Aleksandra Crapanzano, Nancy Silverton and Ina Yalof present Delicious Dish: Stories and Recipes from London, LA and NYC at 1 p.m. at Kitchen Stadium

Aleksandra Crapanzano’s The London Cookbook: Recipes from the Restaurants, Cafes, and Hole-in-the-Wall Gems of a Modern City is an intimate portrait of London—with 100 recipes from the city’s best dining establishments, all lovingly adapted for the home kitchen. 

Chef Nancy Silverton’s latest cookbook, Mozza at Home: More than 150 Crowd-Pleasing Recipes for Relaxed, Family-Style Entertaining, provides 19 menus packed with easy-to-follow recipes that can be prepared in advance.


In her latest nonfiction book, Food and the City: New York’s Professional Chefs, Restaurateurs, Line Cooks, Street Vendors, and Purveyors Talk About What They Do and Why They Do It, Ina Yalof takes readers on an unprecedented behind-the-scenes tour of New York City’s dynamic food culture. 


Sunday, November 20

Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, Bob Shacochis and Thomas Swick present The World Over: Tales of Travel  at 11 a.m. in room 2106

Blending ravel literature and history: voyaging from Cuba to Jamaica, Puerto Rico to Trinidad, Haiti to Barbados, and islands in between, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro’s Island People: The Caribbean and the World offers a kaleidoscopic portrait of each society, its culture and politics, connecting this region’s common heritage to its fierce grip on the world’s imagination. 

Thirteen of National Book Award-winner and trailblazing war journalist Bob Shacochis’s travel and adventure essays are collected for the first time, in Kingdoms in the Air: Dispatches from the Far Away.


In The Joys of Travel: And Stories That Illuminate Them, veteran travel writer Thomas Swick reflects on what he has identified as “the seven joys of travel”: anticipation, movement, break from routine, novelty, discovery, emotional connection, and heightened appreciation of home.

Cathy Salustri and Robert Silk present Florida: The Natural World at 2 p.m. in room 8203


Cathy Salustri’s travel guide Backroads of Paradise: A Journey to Rediscover Old Florida reveals a patchwork quilt of Florida cultures: startling pockets of history and environmental bliss stitched against the blight of strip malls and franchise restaurants. 


Robert Silk’s An Ecotourist’s Guide to the Everglades and the Florida Keys is essential reading for a fun-filled trip through the world’s most famous wetland, the Everglades, and the marine environment of the 130-mile island chain formed by the Florida Keys.  

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