Wow. I read a lot of Southern cookbooks for this site and Gumbo Love really stands out as an encyclopedia of cooking and eating along the Gulf Coast. Without getting too geographically precise, the Gulf Coast food region generally encapsulates northern region of the Gulf of Mexico between Suwannee River in Florida and the Sabine River in Western Louisiana. That means a veritable paradise of casual hometown beach cuisine featuring citrus, fresh seafood, southern vegetables, ice-cold cocktails, and a little kick of Cajun and Creole just for good measure. And this book has it all.
Gumbo Love starts out with desserts first and then dances into simple cold seafood salads, gumbos for every occasion (including my personal favorite, Gumbo Z'herbes, or Green Gumbo), entrees like Snapper with Citrus Beurre Blanc and garlicky Chicken Bonne Femme, and then sends you on your way with cool and crisp cocktails reflecting the flavors and loves of her Gulf Shores home.
From the Publisher:
Incorporating stories from restaurateur Lucy Buffett's childhood growing up in Mobile, Alabama, adventures traveling the seas as a cook, time spent working as a chef in New Orleans, and her philosophy of relaxation, gratitude, and seizing the day, this cookbook entertains and inspires as it serves up recipe after recipe, each tastier than the last.
"A delicious love letter to the Gulf Coast's vibrant food culture."
Since she was a young girl, Lucy Buffett has believed in the power of gumbo-the stirring, the transformation of the roux, the simple ingredients cooking up into something much better than just the sum of its parts. It's only fitting that she signs her name "with Gumbo Love" and that she makes a living feeding people the most delicious, soul-satisfying food.
Her new cookbook, Gumbo Love, is a labor of love and includes recipes from all over the Gulf Coast. The dishes incorporate Caribbean, Cajun, Cuban, Mexican, Old Florida, and Creole influences. Lucy proves through her collection of recipes that the Gulf Coast has its own distinct flavors and traditions that make it a coastal destination year after year. And with some of the best seafood and produce the country has to offer, the Gulf Coast-beyond just New Orleans-has a vibrant cuisine and culture, making it a treasured culinary destination in its own right.
Lucy combines over one hundred new recipes with old favorites. She lives by her mother's philosophy: "Life is short-eat dessert first," so the very first chapter is filled with delectable sweets like Classic Southern Pound Cake with Strawberries, Buttermilk Orange Chess Pie, and Salted Butterscotch Blondies.
Since you can't live on dessert alone, you'll find Gulf Coast favorites from Tailgate Shrimp and Crab Dip to Lucy's Signature Summer Seafood Gumbo, and Crab and Corn Fritters, along with dozens of other seafood appetizers and main dishes. And if you tire of seafood, Lucy shares her family favorites like Daddy's Fried Chicken, Beer-Braised Beef Brisket, Southern Fried Creamed Corn, and Greens and Grits.
About the Author:
Lucy "LuLu" Buffett cooked her way from coast to coast before returning home to Alabama to open a modest little bayside gumbo and burger joint that doubled as a bait shop. Now, she is the successful restaurateur of two locations of LuLu's in Gulf Shores, Alabama, and Destin, Florida, where she serves over a million guests a year. Her adventures -- culinary and otherwise -- inspired her to write LuLu's Kitchen (formerly self-published as Crazy Sista Cooking), and now Gumbo Love.
Release Date: May 2017