Florida Sweets: More than Key Lime Pie, Kumquat Cake and Citrus Candy
Joy Harris, author Florida Sweets
Florida Sweets is a book that shares the history of the treats all Floridians—from the Redneck Riviera to the Conch Republic— enjoy. At the first Tuesday @ Two program in 2018, you’ll meet the book’s author, Joy Harris, and learn how early Floridians enjoyed the bounty of berries, sea grapes, coco plums, persimmons and prickly pears, growing wild. Today we still have a variety of sweets from homemade to factory made that use our state’s natural resources, including citrus, sugar cane, sweet potatoes and dairy. Citrus, once used as a marketing tool to attract visitors, remains an important part of the Sunshine State’s sweet history with Key Lime Pie as the state pie and orange juice as the state beverage.
Joy Harris is also the author of A Culinary History of Florida published by History Press in 2014. She was born in Tripoli, Libya, on Wheelus Field Air Base and moved to Florida just in time to attend Humpty Dumpty Kindergarten and later Florida State University. She went on to become a home economics and history teacher at her alma mater, Rutherford High School in Panama City and also served as a marketing specialist for the State of Florida. Joy met her husband, Jack, while promoting Florida’s natural bounty on television in the early 80s. After they were married, they briefly owned a restaurant and, in 2010, co-wrote Easy Breezy Florida Cooking. Their son, Jackson, works in the aviation industry, and when he comes to visit, they all enjoy traveling throughout the state of Florida.
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