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On the search for the perfect gumbo!

Every Cookbook Collector’s Dream: A Photo Finish

Southern writer Pat Conroy collected recipes and cookbooks. So did Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Anne Porter. I hope, when they died, they didn’t have as many cookbooks as food journalist Russ Parsons.  He claims, at one time, to have owned … Continue reading

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Community Cookbooks on the Pulitzer Scale

When Southern Living recognized the most famous and cherished community cookbooks, eleven of the fourteen cookbooks were published by Junior Leagues across the South.  My copy of River Road, published by the Junior League of Baton Rouge, is forty years … Continue reading

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Looking for a fundraiser? History has the answer

I thought I was seeing double when Jeannie Zokan brought me a club cookbook that included an easy gumbo recipe.  I almost said “I have that cookbook,” but stopped short.  I realized this wasn’t the cookbook from the Gulf Breeze … Continue reading

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Finding your gumbo roots

Good gumbo recipes surface in unlikely places, but I admit finding them at the Genealogy Branch of the West Florida Public Library was a surprise.  In retrospect, it makes sense. Local cookbooks, especially those collected by history-based organizations, tell stories … Continue reading

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A Gallery of Cooks

A pot of gumbo is a like a masterpiece of art. And, like art, it comes with a story. Along with gumbo recipes, I collect gumbo art. In fact, my kitchen is more of a gallery than galley. Three special … Continue reading

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Pack up all your cares and go – on a culinary vacation

I live near the Florida-Alabama line and watch morning news on WKRG-TV in Mobile, Alabama. They’re currently airing a tourism commercial for Mississippi – that’s about a thirty-minute drive from Mobile.  In the 15-second food travel spot, smiling diners reach … Continue reading

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Legitimizing food journalism: from Sunflower, Mississippi to The Big Apple

I know about sports journalism, agricultural journalism, business journalism and photojournalism, but I never considered food journalism until I ran across Craig Claiborne’s name in a book about Jewish food in the South.  Claiborne, a small town Mississippi native like … Continue reading

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