A delicious love letter to the Gulf Coast's vibrant food culture.
Since she was a young girl, Lucy Buffett has believed in the power of gumbo-the stirring, the transformation of the roux, the simple ingredients cooking up into something much better than just the sum of its parts. It's only fitting that she signs her name with "Gumbo Love" and that she makes a living feeding people the most delicious, soul-satisfying food.
Her new cookbook, GUMBO LOVE, is a labor of love and includes recipes from all over the Gulf Coast. The dishes incorporate Caribbean, Cajun, Cuban, Mexican, Old Florida, and Creole influences. Lucy proves through her collection of recipes that the Gulf Coast has its own distinct flavors and traditions that make it a coastal destination year after year. And with some of the best seafood and produce the country has to offer, the Gulf Coast-beyond just New Orleans-has a vibrant cuisine and culture, making it a treasured culinary destination in its own right.
Lucy combines over one hundred new recipes with old favorites. She lives by her mother's philosophy: "Life is short-eat dessert first," so the very first chapter is filled with delectable sweets like Classic Southern Pound Cake with Strawberries, Buttermilk Orange Chess Pie, and Salted Butterscotch Blondies.
Since you can't live on dessert alone, you'll find Gulf Coast favorites from Tailgate Shrimp and Crab Dip to Lucy's Signature Summer Seafood Gumbo, and Crab and Corn Fritters, along with dozens of other seafood appetizers and main dishes. And if you tire of seafood, Lucy shares her family favorites like Daddy's Fried Chicken, Beer-Braised Beef Brisket, Southern Fried Creamed Corn, and Greens and Grits.
Incorporating stories from Lucy's childhood growing up in Mobile, Alabama, adventures traveling the seas as a cook, time spent working as a chef in New Orleans, and her philosophy of relaxation, gratitude, and seizing the day, this cookbook entertains and inspires as it serves up recipe after recipe, each tastier than the last.
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About the Author
Table of Contents
Foreword Thomas McGuane ix
Letter from LuLu x
Ten Grateful Ingredients for a Bright Life and a Happy Kitchen xxiii
How to Gumbo LuLu: A Few Notes on Gulf Coast Cooking Essentials xxvii
Chapter 1 Life Is Sweet: Eat Dessert First 1
Chapter 2 Starters and Snacks 33
Chapter 3 Gumbo Love and Other Heartwarming Soups 75
Chapter 4 Main Dishes 111
Chapter 5 Vegetables and Sides 165
Chapter 6 Deep-Fried Favorites: A Southern Must 191
Chapter 7 Salads 213
Chapter 8 Sandwiches 235
Chapter 9 Vacation Libations and Mocktails 255
Chapter 10 Sauces and Dressings 275
Chapter 11 Coasting the Gulf Party Menus 291
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Lucy Buffett has a new cookbook: Gumbo Love-Recipes for Gulf Coast Cooking, Entertaining, and Savoring the Good Life. Yes, Jimmy Buffett and Lucy are related, the siblings grew up in Mobile Alabama. Jimmy has music fame and his Margaritaville restaurants, but Lucy Buffett has gained fame in her own right as a restaurateur and cookbook author. You can read more in the book's introduction and following pages of recipes, as tidbits of information are well placed within them. Let's get to the recipes--- Salads are popular in this region perhaps because of the heat and humidity. My favorite recipe in Lucy's book is… Mango, Avocado, and Arugula Salad with Sour Orange Vinaigrette, but the Grilled Veggie Salad with Creole seasoning, and Silver Queen Corn Salad are also terrific. Soup making is a lost art so cookbooks with recipes for them peak my interest. Lucy's recipes include Coastal Crab and Corn Bisque, Cuban Black Bean Soup, Daddy’s Navy Bean Soup, Lucy’s Winter Gumbo, True Acadian (Cajun) Gumbo and a dozen more. Some main dishes include; Lucy B. Goode’s Famous-for-Fifteen-Minutes Mac and Cheese, Spicy Coffee-Rubbed Beef Tenderloin, Whole Roasted Okra with Parmesan Crunch, Hanger Steak, ChimiLuLu, Yellowtail Snapper with Citrus-Tarragon Dressing and Andouille Baked Grits. Thinking about desserts, there isn't one Gulf item that comes to mind, but many. Classic Southern Pound Cake, Bread Pudding, and Strawberries topped with Sour Cream and Brown Sugar and many more are in this book. A drink…no, we're not talking chicory coffee and beignets at Café du Monde in NOLA, but more along the lines of a cocktail like Cucumber Margaritas, Naughty Arnold Palmers, Bama Breezes and Bad Dogs. These are just some of the many cocktail recipes in this book. I have traveled to some ports of call around the gulf from Houston, to New Orleans, Tampa and Key West to name a few. In traveling, you have to eat too and I have enjoyed the cooking at many a café and restaurant. I also have a really good grasp of how to make gumbos, what the difference is between Cajun and Creole styles of cooking, and how to make a really good shrimp stock. Knowing the food styles and having experienced eating many local dishes, I can say that the recipes in this book are solid, well written and explained well. I would say that anyone with basic cooking skills can easily master any of the recipes Lucy has included. I love the quality of the book, nice feeling paper and great photographs too. I also like the fact that new and fun recipes are included and that it isn't a rehash of old standards. Lucy, you wrote a great cookbook---congratulations!
If you need any reason to check out Lucy Buffett's new cookbook, then National Shrimp Day would be it! Fans of Gulf Coast specialties, fruity libations, and flavor-rich dishes won't want to miss out on the recipes featured in Lucy Buffett's newest cookbook, GUMBO LOVE. From starters and snacks to deep friend southern favorites to desserts and cocktails you'll be able to pretend you are on the Gulf Coast no matter where you live. I shared recipes from Buffett's previous cookbook LULU'S KITCHEN last summer and am just as excited for this one. This cookbook is thicker than her previous one and the photos shared throughout the pages make me want to jump in the car and revisit our favorite Gulf Coast spots. Any photo that has Lucy Buffett in it shows the happiness oozing out of her. There is no doubt that life is good in the Gulf. What I love about Buffett's cookbooks is she shares her heart along with her recipes. In each chapter, she shares stories or traditions to give you a bit of background on the recipes she offers. I love that she begins the cookbook with dessert. Buffet states that she is a "lifetime rule breaker...and chooses her rebellions more wisely - like having dessert first." That is my kind of philosophy on life! There are so many recipes I can't wait to try, I'll be working my way through this cookbook all summer. Some of the recipes I can't wait to try include: Lazy V Chocolate Fudge Cake (her mother's recipe) Easy-Peasy Chocolate Sauce (Will it be as good as MY mom's recipe?) Bad Girl Buffalo wings Black Bean & Corn Salad Dip Trout Amandine Daddy's Fried Chicken Watermelon and Feta Cheese Salad Hurricane Cocktail Plus all of her favorite sauces, seasonings, dressings, and tips for cooking or frying seafood This cookbook is making a permanent place on my cookbook shelf as it is just full of amazing dishes and stories that will make me laugh. I'm thrilled to share one of her recipes with you. Since it's National Shrimp Day, this shrimp recipe is perfect for celebrating shrimp day or really any special day in your house!
Reprinted from Review on 1001Recipes2Send.com Recipes Database: After having reviewed Lucy (LuLu) Buffett's first book "LuLu's Kitchen" I was thrilled to have the opportunity to get an advance copy of her new book "Gumbo Love". As she describes in her "Letter from LuLu", Gumbo Love is her love letter to the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico where she was born. As with her first book, this is more along the lines of an extended conversion while you "pull up a chair to my kitchen table". The story of her life, her cooking and her southern heritage continues in Gumbo Love with an emphasis on the mystery of her signature dish, gumbo. If you love a good gumbo you will enjoy finding over 30 pages dedicated to gumbo and other soups. "Believe that life is always working for you, not against you." starts off the introductory section of "Ten Grateful Ingredients for a Bright Life and a Happy Kitchen" section, 10 excellent motivational and inspirational thoughts. Next you get a few tips on Gulf Coast Cooking Essentials complete with mini recipes for seasoning and stock and all the tips you will need to begin. Unusually the recipes begin with a chapter of Desserts but as Lucy says, she is a rule breaker. Everything is covered in the remaining chapter from starters to main dishes, deep-fried favorites to salads even drinks and party menus. Most of the recipes even include a little description about their origins which puts them all in perspective. Enjoy this delicious recipe for Spicy Shrimp Ceviche. Ingredients: 2 pounds poached wild-caught Gulf shrimp (recipe follows) 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion 1/2 cup finely chopped celery 1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes 3/4 cup peeled, seeded, and chopped cucumber 1 teaspoon finely chopped seeded jalapeño 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh ginger 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro, plus ¼ cup for serving, if desired Juice of 5 limes (about 1 cup) Juice of 2 lemons (about 1/2 cup) Juice of 1 orange (about 1/2 cup) 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/4 teaspoon white pepper 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1 avocado, pitted, peeled, and sliced (optional) 2 limes, quartered (optional) Directions: Chop the shrimp into thirds or bite-size pieces, or leave them whole if you prefer, and place in a large bowl. Add the red onion, celery, tomatoes, cucumber, jalapeño, garlic, ginger, cilantro, lime juice, lemon juice, orange juice, olive oil, salt, white pepper, and sugar and stir well. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate overnight. While the mixture marinates, occasionally turn the container to evenly coat the shrimp in the liquid. Transfer the shrimp and liquid to a glass bowl to serve or divide among eight martini glasses. If desired, garnish with avocado, cilantro, and lime. Excerpted from the book GUMBO LOVE by Lucy Buffett. Copyright © 2017 by Lucy Buffett. Reprinted with permission of Grand Central Life & Style. All rights reserved.