Florida Menu Collection: A New Taste of Florida History

By Yvette Yurubi, Reference Assistant, Special Collections There is much to be learned about a region’s culture and economy through looking at something as commonplace as a simple restaurant menu. Some of the world’s oldest menus trace back to clay tablets written by the Sumerians who devoted time to listing out foods that they would serve their gods. Since then, menus have become a daily … Continue reading Florida Menu Collection: A New Taste of Florida History

Local Food Experts Engage Foodie Community of South Florida

by Sarah Block, Library Communications Local food experts reflected on South Florida’s abundant natural offerings, strong multicultural seasonings, and rich supply of untapped resources—all shaping the area’s evolving culinary landscape—during a panel discussion at UM Special Collections’ Tropical Gastronomies featuring chef and cookbook author Norman Van Aken, food blogger and Edible South Florida editor Gretchen Schmidt, and author and historian Mandy Baca. Moderated by Special Collections … Continue reading Local Food Experts Engage Foodie Community of South Florida

COOLCRAZYBEAUTIFUL: Tomato Pickers of Immokalee, Florida from the Florida Photograph Album Collection

A Pick of the Week from Special Collections of the UM Libraries By Yvette Yurubi Written and photographed by Shiho Fukada, Tomato Pickers of Immokalee, Florida is a stunning piece of photojournalism held in the Florida Photograph Album Collection. Produced in 2003, the piece exhibits a series of images that narrate the hardships experienced by immigrants who live and work as tomato pickers in Immokalee, Florida. Fukada … Continue reading COOLCRAZYBEAUTIFUL: Tomato Pickers of Immokalee, Florida from the Florida Photograph Album Collection