JUN 21-23, 2024

Illyanna Maisonet

Illyanna Maisonet is an award-winning writer & the first Puerto Rican food columnist in the United States. Her San Francisco Chronicle column, Cocina Boricua, focused on food throughout the Puerto Rican diaspora. She has dedicated her career to documenting Puerto Rican recipes, including her family's, and preserving the Puerto Rican diaspora's disappearing foodways through rigorous, often bilingual research.

Illyanna won the 2023 James Beard award for her debut book, Diasporican: A Puerto Rican Cookbook. She has collaborated with José Andrés on Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story wrap party. Her work has been featured with Rancho Gordo, Bon Appetit, Saveur, Food & Wine, Lucky Peach, Food52, Los Angeles Times, and more.

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