Book Reviews of Gumbo Tales: Finding My Place at the New Orleans Table

Gumbo Tales: Finding My Place at the New Orleans Table
Gumbo Tales Finding My Place at the New Orleans Table
Author: Sara Roahen
ISBN-13: 9780393061673
ISBN-10: 0393061671
Publication Date: 2/4/2008
Pages: 288
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 4 ratings
Publisher: W. W. Norton
Book Type: Hardcover
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I had resisted reading this library book for quite a while; it'd been an impulse grab from the new books shelf. What more could the author really have to say about an "over-hyped cuisine"? Well ... lots ... and nary a mention of any "blackened fish" to boot! Roahen has selected topics (gumbo, red beans and rice, etc.), explaining the variety of experience within each from native (and some not-so-native) points of view.
It'd be missing the point, however, to classify the book solely as a food guide - the people and places covered are as important to the story (there is a well-developed narrative thread here) as the discussion of roux thickness and red bean selection. Matter of fact, if you aren't that interested in "foodie books" call it "memoir","regional interest" or even "humor". Just read it and have fun!
I've given it five stars, though I suppose I could nick a small piece off one of them for Roahen's mentioning a "pupusa hunt" in passing, but not including a chapter on the Latin scene (as she did the Vietnamese).