Monthly Archives: March 2016

Jack London: Calling for a Wild Gumbo

I’m hiding the rice cooker if Jack London comes for gumbo. He’s the first of the 52 American writers I’m reading this year who would be more particular about the rice than the gumbo.  London (1876-1916) was such a rice … Continue reading

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Turning the Tables: Judging a Gumbo Cookoff

A great a panel of gumbo cookoff  judges is like a pot of gumbo – diverse in ingredients and rich in flavor.  Of course, I didn’t know this until I met the other judges in the 11th Annual Gulf Breeze … Continue reading

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Gumbo for Willie Morris: Down home, Mississippi style

I’ll be picky when choosing gumbo for Willie Morris, author of My Dog Skip and former Harper’s editor, simply because he was a picky eater. This Mississippian didn’t write much about food. In fact, his son photographer David Rae Morris … Continue reading

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Toast of the Town: No Algonquin Gumbo for Dorothy Parker

  I wouldn’t dare serve American writer Dorothy Parker a bowl of Creole or Cajun gumbo. She had her fill of it back in 1927, though she was speaking of literary flavors. In “The Short Story Through a Couple of … Continue reading

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I’ll Have What She’s Having: Gumbo for Nora

I read Nora Ephron for the first time this week to learn why everyone — even people she didn’t know —  was so very, very sad when she died. Plus, I’d heard her writing was funny and I needed a … Continue reading

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