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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; First Edition edition (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762759054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762759057
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 8.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,476,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Belinda Hulin was stirring in gumbo pots before she could walk. At the knees of her Cajun mother and grandmothers, she learned the joys of seasonal seafood and produce and the seduction of spicy roux-based soups and fricassees. Her daddy’s barbecue—lovingly tended on a well-seasoned grill--was a thing of bronze, searing beauty. Born in Lafayette, Louisiana, and reared in New Orleans, Belinda inhaled the heady spice of country Acadian and city Creole cuisines and embraced the magic. The Louisiana native has been writing about food for newspapers and magazines for 20-plus years. She is the author of The Everything Fondue Party Book, The Everything Pizza Cookbook, The Everything Soup, Stew and Chili Cookbook, and Knack Chinese Cooking. She currently lives in Atlantic Beach, Florida, where she conjures her Louisiana ancestors, one dish at a time.

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What they were able to salvage, they put together in this book.
Antoine Boyd
The stories could be a book in themselves and Belinda has blended them to make the recipes that much more appealing.
Cathi Berndt
Growing up in Southwestern Louisiana the entire book just resonated with me and brought back so many memories.
Shannon Broussard

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JackChambers on September 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
What a joy to review this book! Be sure you have some time to enjoy yourself when you open Belinda Hulin's Cajun-Creole Roux Memories because you won't be able to put it down. So much more than a cookbook, it's a memoir, a trip to another culture, a love story and yes, recipes. And what recipes! You don't have to be Cajun to fall in love!

Brimming with vignettes, pictures, history, and recipes to suit every palette, it's a wonderful addition to any library, kitchen, cozy nook or backyard hammock. The kind of book they call a wonderful read.

Hulin deserves a public service award for rescuing recipes that barely escaped being washed away by Katrina. It was a painstaking task to record the ones from her mother's recipe box and then she spent hours recreating the ones that weren't down on paper. They're on paper now though, complete with measurements and the proper ingredients. The result is a gift to posterity. Roux Memories tops my list for gifts to friends and family this Christmas. Do yourself a favor and put it on yours too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cathi Berndt on September 26, 2010
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I just received my copy of Roux Memories. What a treat! My 90-year-old mother was born in New Orleans and has fond memories of living there. She also has a fascination with great food. These two subjects enjoy a perfect marriage from Belinda's pen. I am giving the book to mom for Christmas and can hardly wait to see her expression when she opens it. I am sure she will be revisiting her childhood once she is lost in the great stories snuggled within these pages. I anticipate many exciting "mother-daughter" conversations sprinkled with southern stories of her own as she is reacquainted with her roots through Roux Memories. I strongly recommend this book to anyone wanting to experience the joy of Cajun cooking in their own home. The stories could be a book in themselves and Belinda has blended them to make the recipes that much more appealing. A joy for the eyes, the soul and the palette!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Broussard on February 9, 2011
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I happened to find this at my local library by chance and checked it out...and couldn't put it down. I carried it everywhere, mesmerized by the stories, photos, and recipes. Growing up in Southwestern Louisiana the entire book just resonated with me and brought back so many memories. The recipes are so spot on to what I grew up eating, some I know how to cook and some I don't. I've since purchased my own copy and have used several recipes. I still carry it around the house, I think my husband thinks I'm nuts. LOL!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carol D. O'Dell on October 27, 2010
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When I make a dish I want to know something about its history, and Belinda Hulin's Roux Memories offers a sumptous serving of Louisiana memories and delectable downhome recipes that honestly, will make your knees buckle as you take bite after bite while standing at the alter--(stove) before you ever manage get to get these fabulous dishes to your family table.

I'm not from New Orleans, but I adore Cajun and Creole food--the spice, the depth--the way salt and seafood manage to infuse your palate with every bite. Her stories will endear you to this region and to the family who bestowed her with such comforting and masterful Southern recipes. You'll feel as if you're rght there, passing heaping bowls of Chicken Pontalba Crabmeat au Gratin, scooping a spoon of fresh butter beans, a compliment of chow chow, and feasting on Galette du Roi, King Cake divine.

You'll feel the ample laps of grandmothers as grandbabies get passed by loving arms, conversations that flow like sweet tea and neighbors stopping by to add their own gifts to the table. Family folklore, tales of falling in love, of funeral processions, and the rich and textured townlife with an array of colorful characters and the best eating on the planet.

One other very helpful aspect of this book are the "Louisiana Lingo" sections which explain Cajun and Creole terms for those of us who don't know the different between a roux and a remoulade or our cracklins from our crawfish cornbread. And know you've been dying for a frog's leg recipe...

Paula Deen, I love you girl, but move over and make room for Belinda Hulin and her to-die-for memoir cookbook, Roux Memories, A Cajun-Creole Love Story with Recipes.

You'll find Louisiana Love between every single page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ASH Alum on June 11, 2012
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This is a great book with a loving history of Ms. Hulin's family and childhood. It has the ring of authenticity on every page and the recipes are an accurate overview of Cajun cuisine. Having grown up in the same general area as Ms. Hulin, I can attest to the accuracy of her recipes and her comments on our unique culture. I have used this book repeatedly to regresh my memory of some childhood favotires and it is never very far from my kitchen. For those of you unfamiliar with true Cajun cooking, this is a wonderful introduction with recipes that are not overly complicated, but saturated with great flavor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debbie S. on October 26, 2010
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As a New Orleans native who left the area and returned a few years ago (twenty five years later), Roux Memories brought back many childhood memories and gave me tools to create new food memories. The foods I remember as well as a few new ones are here. Many of Ms. Hulin's family pictures and memories sound as though they are my own -- a loving family and lots of characters make for happy memories.

If you love food and family, you should buy this book!
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More About the Author

Belinda Hulin was stirring gumbo pots before she could walk. The Louisiana native has long written about food for newspapers and magazines, and she is the author of five cookbooks, including the memoir cookbook Roux Memories: A Cajun-Creole Love Story with Recipes. She divides her time between New Orleans, Louisiana, and Atlantic Beach, Florida. Visit her at www.belindahulin.com or at www.RouxMemories.com.

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