Carina Cordero Brossy is the curator and host of Our Edible Stories, a podcast highlighting how personal stories and cultural identities drive food choices in the multicultural American South. Growing up with her extended Puerto Rican family, Caribbean staples danced around traditional southern foodways in her native Florida. After moving to North Carolina as an adult and experiencing the passing of her culinary icon – her Puerto Rican grandmother, Crucita – Carina set out to recreate the memories of her youth with the recipes of her heritage. In a diverse city like Charlotte, NC, she quickly realized she wasn’t the only one exploring this unique intersection of food, culture and identity. Thus was born an entertaining and reflective collection of food stories from members in her community.
Over the past 15 years Carina has served in the field of global education as a classroom teacher, curriculum specialist for a university-based global education program and as a program coordinator for an immersion abroad company. She has led or supported educational projects in over 10 countries across 5 continents. Adamant about teaching the interdisciplinary nature of food to students and teachers, Carina’s research has taken her from Beijing to Buenos Aires to learn more about the hands and culinary history that define global communities.
Must-haves for the pantry: homemade Puerto Rican sofrito (in freezer), Goya Adobo, Trader Joe’s plantain chips @traderjoes
Favorite kitchen tool: cafetera for making Cafe Bustelo on the gas range