Food Court

Food Court

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor is a woman of proven courage. Here’s a speech she served up to an audience in the macrobiotic enclave of Berkeley, California:

For me, a very special part of my being Latina is the mucho platos de arroz, gandules y pernir — rice, beans and pork — that I have eaten at countless family holidays and special events. My Latina identity also includes, because of my particularly adventurous taste buds, morcilla — pig intestines, patitas de cerdo con garbanzo — pigs’ feet with beans, and la lengua y orejas de cuchifrito, pigs’ tongue and ears.  

— Judge Sonia Sotomayor, 2001 Olmos Memorial Lecture, UC Berkeley School of Law

Judge Sotomayor is expected to get a thorough grilling in the Senate next month, so do some legal research with these recipes from blogger Stacey Rose. For more recipe rulings and oven opinions, mute your speakers and see: El Boricua, Recipehound,and Cocina Criolla

To get a better … gut feeling about the nominee, see Puerto Rican Cuisine in America: Nuyorican and Bodega Recipes by Oswald Rivera;  for supreme Sotomayor stocktaking, consult Carmen Valldejuli’s Spanish-language Cocina Criolla.


Hat tip: Ben Smith, Politico.

Image by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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One Response to “Food Court”

  1. Here Comes the Judge « NotionsCapital Says:

    […] hope Judge Sotomayor packed lunch. A well-known Caribbean food fancier, she will find no decent Puerto Rican cuisine in the Nation’s Capital. Maybe the Judge and […]

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