Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Book Review: Gumbo Love: Recipes for Gulf Coast Cooking, Entertaining, and Savoring the Good Life by Lucy Buffett


**Complimentary products received in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**



About the book:
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.

Classic Southern Pound Cake with Strawberries (Angie Mosier)

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.

Highbrow Margarita (credit Angie Mosier)

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.
Key West Tuna Burger (credit Angie Mosier)

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.

Lucy's Signature Summer Seafood Gumbo (credit Angie Mosier)

Incorporating stories from Lucy'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.

Spicy Shrimp Ceviche (credit Angie Mosier)
Nothing sells a cook book better than mouthwatering food photography and Gumbo Love is full of beautiful, colorful photos of Lucy and her delectable creations!  

Watermelon Feta Salad (credit Angie Mosier)
Gumbo Love is bursting with Southern flavor and flair.  Lucy's recipes never disappoint!  If you are a fan of coastal cooking, you are sure to find some recipes in this book that become staples in your kitchen!!



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