" . . . hugely influential for me and my budding culinary peers of the time . . . both [Mitcham] and his books were fascinating depositories of recipes, recollections, history, folklore and illustrations, drawing on his abiding love for humble, working-class ethnic food of the area."
"Creole Gumbo is more than a cookbook. It is a history book, a music lesson and a personality profile of great jazzmen."
"A delightful book with excellent recipes . . . "
-New York Times
Here's a dazzling array of photos, foods, and far-out folklore, spiced up with tidbits of jazz history and lyrics-all gathered into a seafood cookbook that celebrates the world-famous cuisine of New Orleans. Author Howard Mitcham traces the development of sophisticated Creole cooking and its rambunctious country cousin, Cajun cooking, with innumerable anecdotes, pictures, and recipes.
Mitcham offers more than three hundred enticing dishes, from crab gumbo and shrimp-oyster jambalaya to barbecued red snapper and trout amandine. Along the way, he offers a list of substitutes for seafood that may be hard to find, a bibliography, and a guide to the best mail-order seafood markets in New Orleans.
Howard Mitcham, renowned chef, poet, artist, and raconteur, practiced the inventive art of New Orleans cuisine for three decades.
very entertaining.... great recipes (I'm from the South) and filled with local lore. I also sent a copy to a friend from the North.Published 4 months ago by winnifred reed
I brought this cook book for my mothers birthday, but my dad notice his nick name in the book as one of the first jazz players. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Debra League
Which came first? Enough new material to warrant purchase for the serious seafood cook. Six more words required still again WT?.Published 21 months ago by Daryll C. Dowty
Makes for great reading besides the fantastic recipes. The seafood gumbo is a must. Feel free to use whatever you have on hand: I do, always with good results. Read morePublished on November 28, 2011 by CajunOle
great book! Howard Mitcham was a dear friend to me. He is one of the true artists of a time and generation in Nawlin's that defined an era. Read morePublished on November 19, 2010 by Donna L. Catob