10. Gumbo Cookbook – I lost my DVR video of John Besh cooking gumbo in a power outage. I watched it whenever I made his seafood gumbo recipe, and he was a joy to watch. His My New Orleans cookbook devotes an entire chapter to making gumbo. I’m also a fan of the less expensive The Little Gumbo Book cookbook which has 23 pages of gumbo recipes. Both are on Amazon.
7. The best combo gift for under $20 is filé powder from Penzey’s and a nice filé dish towel from Amazon. Some dish towels on the Amazon site feature different recipes for seafood gumbo. File is at spice at Penzeys.com
5. These traditional New Orleans Seafood Gumbo bowls from Amazon hold 18 ounces each and have that nice old-time tourist look. If your recipient prefers a more contemporary look or a larger serving, try the contemporry 22 oz. bowls that match the platter. Remember, four bowls is never enough for company – order eight.
4. Giving to (or bribing) a gumbo competition judge? Judges and competitors will love putting a fancy gumbo license plate on the front of their car. Imagine the stir at the festival parking lot. Many choices online.
3. I love this Thomas Mann gumbo necklace, but I’ve had a hard time finding its price. I found it on Pinterest, but Thomas Mann has a Facebook page featuring his New Orleans-inspired jewelry. For a backup, these earrings from the Sauce Boss, who I wrote about in a March 2011 post, are pretty cute and available on Café Press.
2. If you want to give gumbo art, you can’t go wrong with a Tony Krysinsky hand carved wooden painting like the Gumbo Dance featured in a September post.
1. The best gift ever – make a big batch of roux, divide it, and freeze it flat in 12 freezer bags. Label. include your favorite gumbo recipe and deliver in a cooler with the card Gumbo for a Year!