Friday, August 11, 2017

Gumbo Love Cookbook Review

Lucy Buffett's newest cookbook, Gumbo Love, is a love letter to the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico, containing mouthwatering recipes, heartwarming stories, personal adventures and stunning Gulf Coast photography. If you love our Gulf Coast, you need this cookbook!

UPDATE! Congratulations to Libby Leatherwood who said... 
Coming from a girl raised on the gulf coast, I would love to win this!
Please contact me with your mailing address within the next 48 hours to claim your book! Thanks so much for entering y'all and remember Gumbo Love would make an excellent Christmas gift! Grab your copy here right now!!

Ooooo y'all... have I got a good one for you! If you live along the central Gulf Coast, or frequently vacation in Gulf Shores, AL or Destin, FL, you've probably visited LuLu's Restaurant. It's owned by southern businesswoman, author, restaurateur, and sister of the famous singer and songwriter, Jimmy, Lucy Buffett - aka Crazy Sista... for being a lifetime rule breaker of the best kind and her livin' out loud personality.


If you've never been, Lucy Buffett's LuLu's is a place that graduated from a humble beginning as a local watering hole to today's family-friendly restaurant and entertainment complex, serving more than a million customers each year at two locations. It's a place where music is central, and live every night, featuring local talent. You know as soon as you come upon this place that you are gonna have fun! LuLu's now has those two locations, with a third coming soon to the South Carolina coast.

You may also know Lucy from her previously published cookbook LuLu's Kitchen, an updated version of her original Crazy Sista Cooking, and now she has gathered up her food experiences from all across the Gulf Coast in her brand new, Gumbo Love: Recipes for Gulf Coast Cooking, Entertaining, and Savoring the Good Life, available now.



A notable "love letter to the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico," Gumbo Love shares a visual diary of mouthwatering recipes, heartwarming stories, personal adventures and stunning Gulf Coast photography that truly captures the essence of everything natives love about our beautiful Gulf Coast. If you're new to our area, you'll learn very quickly, why we love our Gulf Coast so much.

From her grandmothers' homes in south Mississippi, to growing up in L.A. (that's Lower Alabama y'all), down to Key West, over to New Orleans, and back to Gulf Shores, these recipes are a reflection of Lucy Buffett's Sunday dinner family traditions and her Gulf Coast food experiences. They will walk you through southern classics with our Gulf Coast personality, over to Cuban and Old Florida tastes, from Cajun to Creole to Mexican.

The book begins with short foreward by author, Thomas McGuane, followed by a Letter from LuLu, that literally made my eyes well up, because being a Biloxi girl, I totally get it. The Introduction gives you a bit of history about how LuLu's came to be, and leaves you with words of wisdom she entitles Ten Grateful Ingredients for a Bright Life and a Happy Kitchen, and the kitchen essentials you'll need to know how to do and have in order to cook our Gulf Coast.

Featuring 11 chapters of drool-worthy recipes, each chapter begins with a short introduction, heartwarming stories filled with memories, and often offering up a bit of boot-strap southern wisdom. Each individual recipe leads with a little ditty of howit came to be. I just know as a fan of this site, you will love this book as much as I do!

As usual with my cookbook reviews, here's a little peek into the book - enjoy!

Desserts

Classic Southern Pound Cake with Strawberries, p. 3
Living by her mother's philosophy that "life is short - eat dessert first," recipes begin with Desserts, where we start with Classic Southern Pound Cake (pictured above), Southern Tres Leches, Fresh Strawberry and Chocolate Angel Food Trifle, Chocolate Angel Food Cake with Strawberries and Cream, Peets Buffett's Lazy V Chocolate Fudge Cake, Buttermilk Orange Chess Pie, Lucy B. Goode's Blueberry Almond Bread Pudding, Chocolate Brownie Flan, Floating Islands, Salted Butterscotch Blondies, Strawberry Cobbler, Lemon Buttermilk Sorbet, Lucy's Favorite Salted Caramel and Easy-Peasy Chocolate Sauces.

Starters and Snacks

Classic Shrimp Remoulade p. 37
"What better way to start a dinner party than with a happy mouth?" -Lucy Buffett

Starters and Snacks are next, with lots of shrimp, from Spicy Shrimp Ceviche, to Poached Shrimp, Easy Boiled Shrimp and Classic Shrimp Remoulade (pictured above). Oysters are covered too, with a tale that starts with a visit in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to Ralph Brennan's Red Fish Grill in New Orleans, and how a humble platter of oysters set the pace for rebuilding... another story that made my eyes well up.

You'll find Icy-Cold Gulf Oysters on the Half Shell with Classic Cocktail and Mignonette Sauces, Pan-Broiled Gulf Oysters with Lemon-Garlic Butter, Gulf Oysters Brochette, drizzled with honey and blue cheese, and she'll even teach you how to shuck them! Other recipes include Rosemary Roasted Pecans, Stone Crabs with Key Lime Mustard Sauce, Bad Girl Buffalo Wings, Fresh Herb and Garlic Cheese Spread, Tailgate Shrimp and Crab Dip, Honey Ale Pimento Cheese, Five-Olive Salad with Fresh Herbs, Black Bean and Corn Salad Dip, Holy Guacamole, and Watermelon, Green Tomato, Cherry Tomato and Pineapple-Cucumber Salsas.

Gumbo Love and Other Heartwarming Soups

Lucy's Signature Summer Seafood Gumbo, p.79
Next is the namesake of the book, Gumbo Love and Other Heartwarming Soups, gumbo being the foundational piece of Lucy Buffett's heart's work with LuLu's, including pretty much any kind of gumbo recipe your heart could desire and including the stages from preparation (mise-en-place y'all) to gratitude, with the necessary skills to work through them all.

Lucy's Signature Summer Seafood Gumbo (pictured above), Lucy's Winter Gumbo, a True Acadian (Cajun) Gumbo, Chicken and Sausage File Gumbo, and Gumbo Z'Herbes - Green Gumbo. You'll also find a variety of soups from Coastal Crab and Corn Bisque, Daddy's Navy Bean Soup, Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup, Never-Fail, Old-Fashioned Vegetable Beef Soup,  French Onion Soup with Fresh Rosemary, Cuban Black Bean Soup and Sausage, Squash and Turnip Green Soup.

Main Dishes

Camarones a la Criolla - Cuban-Style Shrimp Creole, p. 131
Next up is the mealtime star of the show - the Main Dishes, where you'll find Honey-Glazed Sticky Ribs, Pork Roast with Apples and Onions, Spicy Coffee-Rubbed Beef Tenderloin, Beer-Braised Beef Brisket with Cumin and Garlic, Chimilulu Hanger Steak, Classic Coastal Crab-Stuffed Shrimp with Honey-Sriracha Glaze, Gumbo Quesadillas with Shrimp and Andouille, Shrimp Scampi, Easy-Breezy Island Shrimp Curry, and a Camarones a la Criolla, a Cuban-Style Shrimp Creole (pictured above).

There are plenty of fish recipes from Grouper with Balsamic Butter Glaze, Red Snapper Veracruz, Bronzed Yellowtail Snapper with Citrus Beurre Blanc Sauce, Gulf Classic Scamp and Trout Amandine are included, along with Classic Coastal Crabmeat au Gratin. Chicken checks in with Daddy's Fried Chicken and Ms. Margaret's Not Cumin Roasted Chicken Thighs and Chicken Bonne Femme - Garlicky "Good-Woman" Chicken. Casseroles, One-Pot meals and pastas are represented here too, where you'll find Heavenly (or Divine) Casserole, Picadillo, Monday Makin' Red Beans and Rice, Creole Shrimp and Eggplant Casserole, White Bean Turkey Chili, Rustic Chicken Potpie, Famous-for-Fifteen-Minutes Mac and Cheese, Louisiana-Style Crawfish Cream Sauce with bowties and Crawfish Cornbread.

Vegetables and Sides

Fresh Butter Beans, p. 175
"The homegrown tomato is the crown jewel of the south." -Lucy Buffett 

Amen to that! The next chapter on Vegetables and Sides include recipes for Roasted Tomatoes with Garlic, Basil, Balsamic and Black Olives, Whole Roasted Okra with Parmesan Crunch, Southern Fried Creamed Corn, Fresh Butter Beans (pictured above), Braised Collards with Turkey Bacon, Pecans and Balsamic, Creamed Spinach, Mexican Rice and Black Bean Casserole, Cuban Yellow Rice, Brown Rice Mushroom Risotto, Rosemary Roasted Garlic Potatoes, Thyme-Scented Scalloped Potatoes with Caramelized Onions, Andouille Baked Grits and Greens and Grits.

Deep Fried Favorites - A Southern Must

Fried Green Tomatoes, p. 199
"In the coastal South, learning to fry is a rite of passage." -Lucy Buffett

There's even an entire chapter dedicated to all that southern fried goodness we treasure in Deep Fried Favorites. Here you'll find favorites like Fried Shrimp,  Fried Green Tomatoes, Fried Gulf Oysters and Fried Fish. Heavenly Fried Crab Claws, Crab and Corn Fritters and Shrimp Fritters, Deep-Fried Okra and Hushpuppies too! Look to Fry Mama Lulu's Tips for Easy Frying for some guidance on how to do it right, including step by step directions and fry mixes for both flour and cornmeal.

Salads

Muffuletta Salad, p. 225
Salads are up next featuring Old-Fashioned Shrimp Salad, West Indies Salad, Lucia Anna's Casa Crab Salad with Toasted Garlic French Bread Rounds, Florida Lobster Salad with Grapefruit and Avocado, Mango, Avocado and Arugula Salad with Sour Orange Vinaigrette, Muffuletta Salad (pictured above), Grilled Veggie Salad with Creole Mustard Vinaigrette, Watermelon and Feta Cheese Salad, Silver Queen Corn Salad and Lucy's Favorite Raw Broccoli Salad.

Sandwiches

Key West Tuna Burger, p. 241
You can't feature Sandwiches in the Deep South without letting po'boys pass through your lips, so we start with Day-After Brisket Po'Boys and Half Shrimp and Half Oyster Loaf Po'boys. Key West Tuna Burger (pictured above), Mini Muffulettas, Pimento Burgers with Fried Green Tomatoes (and bacon!), Garlic-Herb Cheese Burger with Caramelized Onions and Lucy B. Goode Cuban Sandwiches round it out.

Vacation Libations and Mocktails

White and Red Sangria, p. 269
Vacation Libations and Mocktails celebrates our Gulf Coast cocktail culture, beginning with the Bama Breeze, named after the song of the same name by brother Jimmy. The Highbrow Margarita, Hurricane, Cucumber Margarita, Boca Beach Cocktail, Mango Margarita, Moscow Mule, The War Eagle and Roll Tide cocktails follow, with White and Red Sangrias (pictured above), and several other adult drinks, along with a nice selection of mocktails.

Sauces and Dressings

LuLu's Famous Wow Sauce, p. 279
Closing the recipes in Chapter 10, are some homemade Sauces and Dressings, to wrap it all up, and includes LuLu's Famous Wow Sauce, White Horseradish Sauce, Classic Cocktail Sauce, Homemade Tartar Sauce, Key Lime-Mustard Sauce, Chimilulu Sauce and others.

In the final chapter, there are four menus provided for you from starters to drinks, with every recipe referenced by page number to the book. These include a Key West Dinner Party menuOld West Coast Florida Party Menu, a Sweet Home Alabama Buffett family buffet menu, and a No Place Like NOLA menu.

If you love the Gulf Coast like I do, you will absolutely love everything there is about this book. I think that it's the first time I've seen a cookbook that truly captures all of the cuisines along our beautiful Gulf Coast, in one place. Visit LuLu's in Gulf Shores, Destin and soon in South Carolina for the full experience, but in the meantime pick up some Gumbo Love at your favorite retail outlets, or online at places like Amazon.

Here's a few recipes courtesy of Lucy Buffett's Gumbo Love, to hold you over in the meantime.

Highbrow Margarita, p. 259, high-quality ingredients, without a lot of juice or extra flavors - in other words, it gets to the heart of the matter.
Highbrow Margarita
Recipe ©Lucy Buffett's Gumbo Love
Reprinted with Permission
  • Kosher salt, for rimming the glass (optional)
  • 1 orange, cut into thick wedges
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 2 ounces Patrón Añejo tequila
  • ½ ounce Patrón Citrónge lime liqueur
  • 5 to 6 ounces soda water
1. Salt the rim of the glass, if desired.

2. Put 4 orange wedges and 2 lime wedges into a metal cocktail shaker. Add the tequila and lime liqueur.

3. Muddle gently, avoiding the rinds, which can add a bitter taste.

4. Add a small scoop of ice and the soda water to the shaker. Pour back and forth between the shaker and a large mixing glass a few times.

5. Pour the margarita into the salted (if using) serving glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Serves 1. Reprinted with permission.


Coastal Crab and Corn Bisque, p. 95, featuring two of our Deep South delicacies, Silver Queen corn and blue crab, in a silky soup.

Coastal Crab and Corn Bisque
Recipe ©Lucy Buffett's Gumbo Love
Reprinted with Permission
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1-tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
  • 1 cup finely chopped celery
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups seafood stock or chicken broth
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon Lulu’s Crazy Creola Seasoning or other Creole seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1-teaspoon liquid crab boil
  • 2 cups fresh corn kernels (or frozen, if necessary)
  • ½ cup chopped green onions
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sweet white wine, such as sake
  • 1 pound cooked fresh lump blue crabmeat, picked through for shells, handled carefully
  • to keep the meat in big chunks
  • ½ teaspoon seasoned salt
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
METHOD

1. In a medium stockpot, melt 3 tablespoons of the butter with the olive oil over low heat.

2. Add the onion, garlic, and celery. Cover and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes, or until the vegetables have softened.

3. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter and cook, stirring, until the butter has melted.

4. Add the flour and cook, stirring, as the vegetables begin to brown.

5. Add 1 ½ cups of the stock, the cream, and the milk and stir well.

6. Add the bay leaves, Creole seasoning, sea salt, white pepper, black pepper, and liquid crab boil

7. Cover and simmer over low heat, being careful to not let it boil.

8. Add the corn, ¼ cup of the green onion, the Worcestershire, and the wine. Simmer for about 5 minutes.

9. Add the crabmeat and seasoned salt. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes.

Serves 6 - Reprinted with permission.

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Newly released, you can pick up a copy of Gumbo Love online at places like Amazon, or at your favorite book retailer. We're giving away a copy too - to enter, read on!

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED! PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR THE WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT - GOOD LUCK!!


The publisher has generously offered to give away one free copy of Gumbo Love, to one lucky Deep South Dish reader.


To enter, scroll to the bottom of this post below and leave a comment. Please note: It may take a moment for your comment to post, so please comment only once! That just saves me some work.

Use your Google account, or select "Anonymous" or "URL/Name" to enter your comment, but if you do post anonymous, please leave a first name and last initial to identify yourself, in case you win.

This giveaway closed on Friday, August 18, 2017, at noon CST. One winner will be selected at random from the comments and will be announced within 1 to 3 days on the site at this same post. Winner will have 48 hours to check back and respond to claim the book. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only please.Thanks for reading and good luck!

Disclosure: I received a free copy of Gumbo Love: Recipes for Gulf Coast Cooking, Entertaining, and Savoring the Good Life, and the offer of another copy, one to review and one to offer as a giveaway.

Don't want to wait? Hop over to Amazon, and purchase your copy today - you will absolutely love it!




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127 comments:

  1. This cook book has so many different and various recipes. It would be a fine addition to my cookbook shelf. Sure hope I win it.

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  2. Ummmmm! Love me some Gumbo!! I need that book!!

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  3. This looks soooo yummy! I love seafood and everything Key West! This book is treasure!! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  4. Amazing recipes. I'd buy the book.

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  5. Lucy Buffet's "Gumbo Love" had this Georgia girls mouth water after reading your intro!
    Would love a copy...thanks y'all for
    a chance to win!

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  6. Recipes in cookbook sound wonderful! Can't wait to try some!

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  7. What a lovely cookbook! I would go straight to page 3 and make the classic pound cake with strawberries ... I love pound cakes!!! Never had one with strawberries. 'Bout time :)

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  8. My mouth was watering just reading this post! This is a must add to my cookbook collection.

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  9. So many delicious sounding recipes in one book! I would love to add this cookbook to my kitchen. I love soups and there seems to be a wonderful variety. I live in the north and would like to try a Gumbo. thanks for the opportunity to win, if not I will go to Amazon.

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  10. Can't wait to try the Bisque, after I first make a Margarita!

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  11. Yumm! All of those recipes look delicious!

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  12. Would make a great addition to my cookbook library.

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  13. Love, love, love to eat at Lulu's in Gulf Shores where shrimp and crab baskets, Red Neck Caviar and Bloody Marys are my favorite. Having lived and worked on Dauphin Island I remember when her restaurant was on Weeks Bay. Her wonderful recipes have been a long time favorite for locals and I am so glad she is now introducing them to people from everywhere and sharing them in her recipe books. Thanks Lulu!

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  14. Gulf Coast food! I'd love to learn how to cook it!

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  15. Looks like a great Christmas gift. Never too early to start thinking about it!

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  16. My husband is a lover of all things gumbo. After living in Houston for almost 40 years,we found that the Gulf Coast seafood is the best! I would love to add this book so I can try these yummy recipes!!

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  17. Oooh! I'd love this cookbook. (Adding it to my Amazon wishlist in case I don't win so I buy it anyway.)

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  18. Oh my goodness, these recipes sound so delicious, know I would love this cookbook!

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  19. love, love, love gumbo! comfort food in my household!

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  20. Cookbooks from various parts of the Gulf coast are one thing, but having a single collection of recipes reflecting the flavor, if you will, of the entire area, is an idea whose time most certainly has come! Look forward to increasing my love of the cooking from this region by getting and using the book.

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  21. I'm lovin' this cookbook....my kind of eatin'!!!

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  22. I love gumbo, would love to have this book.

    Lrossin24@gmail.com

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  23. Gumbo Love! This book is just what my husband needs to make his Gumbo. We have not been to LuLu's yet but planning a trip this fall.

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  24. Love gumbo so Gumbo Love would be a great addition to my cookbook shelf. And so many mouthwatering dishes besides gumbo!

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  25. My husband loves gumbo but I was taught only basic cooking so i am not the best cook to make anything. this book might open up some great eats for the hungry man i have.

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  26. That is one special cookbook that I could really use
    to help my cooking education, which is everyday.

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  27. My Uncle Doice in Louisiana makes some great gumbo!!! I would love to learn to make gumbo from Lucy's fine cookbook !!! I could then make him a fine bowl of gumbo with a lot of love in it !!! He always took the time to spend with my cousins and I as I child when I would go visit each summer. He had a huge impact on me and I would like to do something special for him!!! Lucy's gumbo would be awesome to serve him !

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  28. Wow! This cookbook sounds delightful! Crab and Corn Fritters and Shrimp Fritters, Deep-Fried Okra and Hushpuppies! Now that sounds delicious!

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  29. I have been to LuLu's and it is agreat place.
    The food was great and the people are very
    friendly. Great service and 5 out of 5

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  30. Whenever we are in Gulf Shores, we always eat at her restaurant.

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  31. Love Lulu's! It's a must when we make our annual trip to Orange Beach!

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  32. We would love this cookbook up here, in Alaska. It all looks so yummy. I try to cook a variety of food for my family. We live in a remote part of Alaska and cook at home all the time. I can bring different flavors and experiences through cooking to my kids! this would be great to add.

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  33. Wow! Soooo many great recipes. I would love to have this cookbook!!!

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  34. This Mobile, Alabama girl is a Crazy Sista fan! One way or the other, this cookbook is destined for my shelf!

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  35. We are crazy about the Gulf coast. My father-in-law was born down there, sister-in-law lives there (Ocean Springs), and we vacation every year in Panama City Beach. That cookbook looks amazing!

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  36. Liz

    I need this cookbook !!! Can't wait to add this cookbook to my collection

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  37. Beautiful book. I would make the Cuban Shrimp first thing! So many good looking recipes all in one place!

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  38. I would LOVE to win this cookbook! The recipes look fabulous!

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  39. Having lived in New Oelwans, I am really looking forward to Lucy Buffett's newest cookbook, Gumbo Love, Thank you so much for offering this giveaway

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  40. Oh, that Crab Corn Bisque sounds devine! Thanks for your great sharing.

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  41. This looks like an awesome cookbook! I can't wait to try some of the recipes!!��❤️

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  42. love GUMBO!!!love GUMBO!!!love GUMBO!!!love GUMBO!!! love GUMBO!!!love GUMBO!!!love GUMBO!!!love GUMBO!!! love GUMBO!!!love GUMBO!!!love GUMBO!!!love GUMBO!!! love GUMBO!!!love GUMBO!!!love GUMBO!!!love GUMBO!!! love GUMBO!!!love GUMBO!!!love GUMBO!!!love GUMBO!!! love GUMBO!!!love GUMBO!!!love GUMBO!!!love GUMBO!!! love GUMBO!!!love GUMBO!!!love GUMBO!!!love GUMBO!!!love GUMBO!!!love GUMBO!!!love GUMBO!!!love GUMBO!!!love GUMBO!!!love GUMBO!!!love GUMBO!!!love GUMBO!!!

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  43. Leslie:
    Thank you for doing this giveaway. I would love to win. Also, I hope to stop in at the restaurant.
    leslieannstevenson@yahoo.com

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  44. Love the South, love Southern food, love Southerners! Can't wait to try these recipes!

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  45. Grew up in Picayne, MS and vacationed at Gulf Sores AL in the summer. Love everything Gulf Coast and miss this area with all my heart!!
    Southern born and bred 'Til my last breath.
    PattyvPadgett

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  46. Love the Gulf Coast. This book looks great! Thanks for the chance to win it.

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  47. Would love to win this book. The recipes have to be delicious. I live in northern AL and travel to L.A. and New Orleans and love the food. Would like to make it in my home so I can savor the flavors of L.A. and New Orleans in northern AL. Karen

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  48. Perfect timing. I have been craving gumbo lately. I made some for my daughter and while it was good, it "needed" something. I like spicy flavor, but not blazing heat. I'm sure there is a "just right" recipe in this book. Hope I win a copy. Here's wishing everybody good luck and happy cooking.

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  49. Nothin" better than Gulf Coast cooking. Love my fried crab claws and fried Gulf Shrimp. Would love to have Lulu's new book full of recipes!!!!

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  50. Oh-My-Word! Such a treat just to read about this cookbook. Having one to cook from would be fantastic! Whether I win or not this cookbook is going on my cookbook shelf! Thanks for sharing.

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  51. This book sounds wonderful - would love to win a copy!
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  52. I hope I win a copy of this book, I have such a large collection I want to add it to!

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  53. I read cookbooks like most people read novels. This sounds like a great "read"

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  54. Wow - what a fantastic giveaway!!!!! I love to cook and bake and this would be great for my collection - after reading about it I AM drooling!!!!!!!

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  55. There is nothing better than Cajun/Creole, with emphasis on the Cajun, cooking! I so want to learn how to add all styles included in this book to my repertoire. My mouth was drooling while reading the recipes. This would be a fabulous contribution to any cookbook library!

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  56. Love this! I've been a fan of Mary's for years, ever since I discovered her recipe for microwave roux and sausage-shrimp gumbo! There are many recipes in this book that I can't wait to try! Pick me!

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  57. These recipes look delicious! Love corn and crab bisque. Cajun cuisine is wonderful. Flavors are amazing.

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  58. Reading the recipe names has made me hungry!! Muffaletta Salad sounds really interesting!

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  59. I would love to make this a part of my cooking adventure! I would love to have a copy to add to my collection but most importantly, I'd love to give those recipes a try!

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  60. Good Food, love the area and the book sounds great.

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  61. Oh, I so need this cookbook!!!!!!

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  62. Thanks for letting me enter. I love the recipes on the site and would love to own this cookbook.

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  63. Mary, thank our for offering this. I hope I win! Lol. I live in North Carolina where gumbo is "not a thing". I hope to enlighten one guest at a time.

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  64. Live in the area and never been to LuLu's. Must go now!!

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  65. Living on the MS Gulf Coast, I can't wait to get her cookbook. Yum, I can taste some of the recipes now.

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  66. YUMMY! That sums that up rather well. Reading about thiswoman, her restaurant and cookbook makes me wish I would get sown there eight now to get some of that good!

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  67. This looks like a perfect Christmas gift!!

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  68. Been there, love, love the food.

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  69. Cooking is my #1 passion in life and I would love to add this to my collection.

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  70. Oh my goodness... What a great book to have !! My dad was a southern cook (never called himself a chef as he said he had no degree) and he used to make some of the best stuff and a couple of the things mentioned (well more than a couple !!) were what he used to make ... Thanks for the chance to enter and win !!!

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  71. I would love to own this book and visit the restaurant someday!

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  72. I would love to win this cookbook!! Everything sounds wonderful, and reminds me of family and home. If I don't win I will still get this cookbook. Thanks for the opportunity Mary.

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  73. I would love to try the recipes in this book!

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  74. Everything sounds delish. Would love to try all the recipes.
    Jody Crotts

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  75. The photography in this book is astounding! And I'm sure the recipes are, too!
    digicats {at} sbcglobal {dot} net

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  77. Good food, good read, lots of history and comments that add insight to increase people's love of the Gulf. what more does one want from any book?

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  78. Thanks for the chance to win! We will try the soup this weekend!

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  79. Love seafood. Would love to be the one that wins this price.

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  80. Wow! Looks amazing! Would love to try Lulu's next time we're visiting one of those locations! She looks like someone that anyone could just sit and chat with! Sorta like you, Mary! Thank you! :)

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  81. I really love GUMBO after trying different versions when I went to NOLA and did a walking food tour. It was so good and I would love to have this cookbook.

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  82. Love everything about gumbo but haven't been brave enough to try my hand at making it myself (shame on me). Would love to follow Lucy's directions on my first try!

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  83. I need this cookbook! I'm all out of fresh ideas.

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  84. Lucy Buffett is my hero! I really dig her coastal style and awesome food.

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  85. I always have WOW sauce made, because it goes with everything! I've made her crab melt too and it is just like the one at her restaurant. Would love to win and try more of her yummy recipes. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  86. I'm so excited about Lucy's new Gumbo Love cookbook. I can hardly wait to read it and make a lot of her recipes like the shrimp fritters, her Daddy's Navy Bean Soup, Deep Fried Okra, Fried Green Tomatoes, a lot of the other fish & seafood recipes, salads, & appetizers. wish I lived near Lulu's but this is the next best thing! thank you, LenaD Ch :)

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  87. Gumbo Love just makes me miss my Southern roots even more. I am living in New York!state near the PA border and trust me when I say there are no good gumbos here and it is hard to get good wild caught shrimp and fish.Fried Okra I do make. This book would give me a chance to make recipes of the food I miss the most. Reading the article makes me homesick and hungry!

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  88. What a wonderful looking cookbook. Not only does the food look amazing, but I can tell the book is put together with "Gumbo Love". I want one!

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  89. I love your selection of recipes--they are spot on. I grew up in suburb of New Orleans so I was thrilled to see all your choices--very well done!Your video was a treasure to see your journey and story of love of food in the South!

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  90. Love, love, love Lucy and Lulu's. Would love to have a copy of this new cookbook! Already drooling over these recipes.

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  91. I've tried a couple of your recipes found on line and enjoyed them ... Key Lime Bars being one of them. Anyway, we just moved to South Carolina (Lake Keowee in Seneca - come for a boat ride!!) from Morgan Hill, California after 30+ years in the west. I NEED TO LEARN SOUTHERN COOKING .. this would be a great 1st book for my self teaching classes !

    Thanks, Christy B Schwartz christybschwartz@gmail.com

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  92. I cannot wait to make these recipes! The ones shown on the website look awesome and seem easy to do. I love all things Southern! Hubby and I escaped from Connecticut to Tennessee. Best thing we ever did! I try my hand at home made Southern recipes every chance I get. Some come out great, others need work. But I love it! We are Southern by choice! If I don't win the book, I WILL buy it! Thank you! my email:

    marcialoffredo@gmail.com

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  93. Hoping to win the book for my mom!!

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  94. I'll try this again. Seems my previous posts did not go through. I would LOVE to win this cookbook. I visit Gulf Shores at least annually and always stop in for a meal at LuLu's. It is great atmosphere and great food. I grew up in New Orleans and loved the local cuisine. So I know I would love, love, love this book.

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  95. The pictures look soooo yummy! Would love a copy.

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  96. I'm such a cookbook junkie! Just bought one today at a cute little restaurant in FL. Love, love, love down home recipes just like my grandma used to make. Would love own this one but would secretly give it to my BFF since she is gaga over Lucy Buffett's blog. Love your site!

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  97. Oh my goodness! These recipes look divine! I would love to win this book to share with my Mom. We both have a deep rooted love for fine southern cooking. Thanks Tanya Raverty

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  98. Read an article about her several months ago. Had never heard of Lulu's. Being Southern born and bred (Grandaddy from Louisiana, I was born in Savannah) I would love to have Ms Buffett's new cookbook!!

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  99. Jacque Prince Raised in South Carolina, moved to Calif at a young age, but my roots, soul and cooking are all about the South, I would love a copy of Gumbo Love because southern cooking is what I love to do, I also follow and use your recipes faithfully

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  100. Coming from a girl raised on the gulf coast, I would love to win this!

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  101. I would so love to have this book! Raised on the Gulf Coast in Mobile and watching my Mam-ma cook Gumbo and all other kinds of wonderful seafood dishes got me into the LOVE of the kitchen! I would so appreciate this book!

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  102. I miss living in the south and being able to eat good gumbo.

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  103. I'm lucky enough to live between the two restaurants and have been to both! I would love to have this book so I can enjoy her recipes at home!

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  104. I'd love to have this before the winter months set in! Country cooking is a way of life here in Tennessee but a Deep South twist would always be welcomed!

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  105. Oh the memories, southern traditions, family and friends around the dinner table and good food! Thank you for sharing these wonderful recipes with us and for future generations! This is a treasure and I have found my "special Christmas presents!
    We share more than our love for good southern food! I lived in your MS Gulf Coast home!
    Can't wait to get my copy!
    Jg

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  106. Hi..my mouth started to water, and my mind started racing. I read each description, to ponder at 130 in the morning, whats for dinner.

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  107. Please enrich my life with this wonderful book and thank you for putting it together.

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  108. Perfect for a Gulf coast raised young woman we know......

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  109. I would love to have this cookbook!!! I live down south between the Lulu's in Alabama and the Lulu's in Destin!!! Would love to learn to cook the recipes in the book!!! New flavors and new foods!!!!

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  110. I would love to have this cookbook!!!! I live between the Lulu's in Alabama and the Lulu's in Destin!!!! The food there is amazing!!! I have watched Lucy on a local channel and love the recipes she has!!! Would love to learn to cook the recipies in the book!!!! New flavors and new foods!!!!

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  111. My grandson is graduating culinary school at Hinds Co. Community College in December...what a wonderful gift this would be ! I live in Lucedale. Kerry Howell email khowell57@bellsouth.net

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  112. We love the gulf coast and all of the food and music that goes with it. Would love this book! Chris C.

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  113. This book looks amazing. Makes me really want to visit this part of the country even more.

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  114. Love your blog - have made many of your recipes!! Would love to add this to my collection! Thanks!!

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  115. I so miss the cooking in the South. This would be an awesome addition to my recipes collection. 😊

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  116. I love Lulu's and the grouper sandwich!!!!

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  117. My kind of cooking! Can't wait to try some of these recipes!

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  118. I grew up on the Texas Gulf of Mexico area but i moved away to the Santa Fe desert in 1986. I miss this type of foods and i would dearly love you win this cookbook so i can cook some childhood memories. Thank you!

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