Category Archives: Gumbo for 300

Cookbooks for a Cause: Ursulines make history in New Orleans

I turned to the church for my latest cache of gumbo recipes to celebrate New Orleans’ 300th birthday. To be precise, I turned to the nuns at Ursuline Convent in New Orleans. They’ve been mixing the right ingredients since they … Continue reading

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In Case of Hurricane, Open Here

My trivia team scored big with the correct answer to a multiple choice question involving inventions.  Somehow all eight of us knew for a fact the can-opener was invented thirty years after the can. We didn’t win the big prize, … Continue reading

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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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