Von Diaz Title: Emmy Award-winning documentarian, food historian, and author Location: New York Von Diaz is an Emmy Award-winning documentarian, food historian, and author of Coconuts & Collards: Recipes and Stories from Puerto Rico to the Deep South. Education Received a B.A. in Women’s Studies from Agnes Scott College. She went on to receive a dual M.A. in Journalism and Latin American and Caribbean Studies from New York University, where she completed a Tinker Field Research Fellowship to record oral histories of elder LGBTQ communities in Havana, Cuba. About Southern Living Southern Living, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, celebrates the food, homes, places, and culture of the South. We reach 7.2 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists and fact checked for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.