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Book Review: ‘LuLu’s Kitchen” by Lucy Buffett

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Book brings southern cooking home

New cookbook brings southern cooking home

For those readers looking for a cookbook filled with recipes perfect for a hot summer, Lucy Buffett has released a previously published cookbook with a new look and updated title, “LuLu’s Kitchen: A Taste of the Gulf Coast Good Life.” The book came out 10 years ago with the title “Crazy Sista Cooking.”

Regardless of which title the book carries, it is filled with great recipes and commentary that will make readers feel they either are part of or desire to become part of the southern lifestyle. This is really a great cookbook. It is filled with lots of colorful pages, lots of photos of the author and her family, and lots of photos of great looking food.

Lucy’s brother, Jimmy Buffett, writes an introduction starting with “Fellow eaters, if you don’t think food is important in the Buffett family, let me tell you a little story.” Jimmy has proven his story telling skills with the many bestsellers he’s written both in book form and in his music.

Lucy proves her storytelling skills and her cooking skills in this book. Readers will get a real sense of who she is right at the beginning of the book.

“Cooking has been a main character in personal story since I was a ten-year-old child frying up my own French fries for an afternoon snack,” Buffett writes.

“At that time, I was also making constant C’s in conduct due to too much “visiting with my neighbor” (as the nuns used to call it). My love of cooking and talking both came naturally, as did my inclination toward rebellion,” she continued.

Before getting to the great recipes, Buffett gives readers a quick history of her restaurant called LuLu’s. The book’s cover details Buffett’s personal career path leading up to opening two locations of LuLu’s. She was a personal chef who cooked her way from coast to coast for high-powered clients including working for Harrison Ford.

The book includes several sections with titles such as “How to LuLu,” “Gumbo Love & Other Deep South Soups,” “Sweet Things,” and “Life is Good Grits.” Recipes in these sections and many others include seafood, chicken fingers, shrimp butter, salads, sandwiches, desserts and, of course, the perfect cocktail to top it all off. There are three different, easy-to-make coleslaw recipes in the book. I love coleslaw.

The recipe names are just wonderful and give the book a real flair. Samples include “LuLu Essentials,” “Salty Peppa for Everything,” LuLu’s Crazy Frying Flour,” and LuLu’s Crazy Frying Cornmeal.”

This is a great cookbook that I would recommend to anyone who wants to cook some great meals for entertaining over the summer for the northern states and anytime for the southern and western coastal states. It was really a lot of fun looking through this book and reading about Lucy. I have several meals planned from the book and I’m really looking forward to cooking, which is a rare thing for me.

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