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Gumbo Love: A Cookbook Giveaway

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Love this cookbook by Lucy Buffett! The photos are gorgeous, and the recipes sound delicious. Here are two other aspects of the book I really like.

One:  I’m delighted that Lucy presents her desserts at the beginning. She writes, “It may seem strange to start this cookbook with the desserts, but being a lifetime rule breaker and someone who actually reads magazines from the back cover to the front, this seems entirely the right place to start this book.”  Let’s hear it for Dessert Power. In college, I always ate mine first. What fun!

Two: As a lover of self-help, it pleases me that Lucy introduces the book with “Ten Grateful Ingredients for a Bright Life and a Happy Kitchen.” One of my favorite snippets: “You’ve got to make your own gumbo.” Yep. You’re the expert on your own self. It took me years to really get that.


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Meet Lucy in this charming video and hear more about gumbo love!

The publisher of Gumbo Love is Grand Central Life and Style. Here’s what they write about the book:

A delicious love letter to the Gulf Coast’s vibrant food culture, by Jimmy Buffett’s sister and owner of two beloved destination restaurants in Alabama and Florida.

Incorporating 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 destination year after year. Surviving hurricanes, the Gulf Coast—beyond just New Orleans—has a vibrant food and culture that’s gone largely unnoticed. Lucy wants to change that by sharing her food and stories with GUMBO LOVE readers.

Like her brother, Jimmy, Lucy celebrates freedom, relaxation, and seaside decadence in her own art–cooking, and has now written the cookbook her fans have been asking her for; one that offers the recipes she’s famous for, along with Gulf Coast classics and stories of growing up in Mobile, Alabama, working in New Orleans, and her philosophy of relaxation, gratitude, and enjoyment.

Lucy combines over one hundred new recipes with old favorites. Her fans will find recipes for their social occasions including gumbos, main dishes, deep fried favorites (with her easy frying tutorial), salads, seasonings, libations, and desserts. They will also learn how Lucy navigates the kitchen, her business, and her family and readers will come away with the basic ingredients of an inspiring life philosophy.

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Giveaway: The publisher is offering a copy of Gumbo Love to one lucky Friend for the Ride winner. For a chance to be that winner, please enter a comment by August 1. Thanks!

Lucy “LuLu” Buffett cooked her way from coast to coast before returning home to Alabama to open a modest little bayside gumbo and burger joint that doubled as a bait shop. Now, she is the successful restaurateur of two locations of LuLu’s in Gulf Shores, Alabama, and Destin, Florida, where she serves over a million guests a year. Her adventures-culinary and otherwise-inspired her to write LuLu’s Kitchen (formerly self-published as Crazy Sista Cooking), and now Gumbo Love. For more information, please visit http://lucybuffett.com/ and follow Lucy on Facebook and Twitter.
Classic Southern Pound Cake with Strawberries_credit Angie Mosier (1)
   Image credit: Angie Mosier     Lucy Buffett’s headshot: Chandler Williams of Modus Photography