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Bewitching reading? Introducing the Gumbo Diaries Who Dat? Clueless Cookbook List

Online bookseller Abe Books has a wide array of “weird cookbooks” for sale. The site claims there’s a “worldwide appetite for weird cookbooks”and even conducted a poll to discover the world’s weirdest cookbook.  Winning the dubious honor was Manifold Destiny: … Continue reading

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From Boarding House and Side Board to Wooden Spoons and Wooden Cookbooks

I’d never seen a wooden cookbook cover until last week, and then in a span of four days I saw two cookbooks with wooden covers – published 32 years apart.  The older one, published in 1939, has reached American Folk … Continue reading

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Green Gumbo Recipes: 100 and Counting

When a friend refused to believe there could actually be 300 recipes for gumbo, he mimicked the Bubba Gump routine “fried shrimp, boiled shrimp, baked shrimp, shrimp with rice, shrimp etoufee.”  His remarks made me pause to wonder if my … Continue reading

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Where You From?

I started to eavesdrop when I heard the word “gumbo.”  Behind the beauty shop privacy screen, two strangers, each getting a pedicure, were discussing a new Cajun restaurant on the beach. As my stylist shampooed my hair, I listened carefully, … Continue reading

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Recipes from the shelves of a bibliophile

Shopping at an estate sale of a bibliophile is better than any trip to a library or bookstore, especially when the book lover likes the same topics I do.  The setting of last week’s sale — a rambling 3500 square-foot … 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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