Cooking for the Culture: Recipes and Stories from the New Orleans Streets to the Table

Countryman. Feb. 2023. 240p. ISBN 9781682687451. $32.50. COOKING
Readers might know Boudy (Cook Like a New Orleanian), an ambassador of New Orleans cuisine, from her YouTube channel and her numerous appearances on the Food Network and the Hallmark Channel. In this deeply personal cookbook, however, they will meet the true Boudy. Childhood memories, family love, and personal struggles inform her cooking and the way she built her career and developed her passion for cooking. Telling her life story via food, she shares dishes that cover a wide range of flavors but are true to her NOLA roots. Boudy also includes tips learned over time, ranging from cleaning seafood to procuring ingredients. The holiday chapter will revive family gatherings, offering crowd-pleasers that delight. Delectable food photography is mixed with family images that enhance the narrative quality of this collection.
VERDICT Part memoir, part cookbook, this is a work that readers will devour cover to cover in between trying Boudy’s recipes in the kitchen. Boudy fans will come for the memoir and stay for the food, while other library patrons will come for the recipes and be delighted by Boudy’s journey.
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