Monthly Archives: June 2016

115 Year-Old Recipe & the Gumbo Tastes Great

I’d forgotten how much I loved the British reality series The 1900 House until I tried my hand at making gumbo using the 1901 recipe from my last post. About 30 minutes into cooking I wondered how big a 1901 … Continue reading

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Vintage Gumbo for Turn-of-the-Century Writer Ellen Glasgow

Virginia writer Ellen Glasgow is recognized as the first woman writer from the South and for moving Southern literature away from nostalgia and sentimentality.  Her first novel The Descendant was published in 1897 — anonymously. In total she wrote 19 … Continue reading

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Lagniappe, Gumbo & Free Stories of Acadia with Kate Chopin

This week New Orleans publisher Julie Smith sent me a “lagniappe.”  As an email subscriber, I could select seven free short story downloads. That’s when I was convinced short stories are making a literary comeback. Short stories marked their popular … Continue reading

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Writer Shelby Foote: Cornbread, Gumbo & the Civil War

Long before Shelby Foote became a television hit in Ken Burns’ Civil War PBS documentary, he was hard at work writing novels by hand with an ink pen. It took TV to make this Southern novelist, with his charming, mellow … Continue reading

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