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Monday, November 08, 2010

Roux Memories: A Cajun-Creole Love Story with Recipes

This delightful book from Louisiana native Belinda Hulin opens a window on Cajun and Creole cooking and the family memories that surrounded the author’s life as the gumbo pots bubbled, women sat with big bowls in their laps shelling peas, and crawfish, shrimp, jambalaya, pork cracklins, dirty rice, and an array of other foods were prepared in the kitchen. Not to mention those melt-in-your-mouth pecan pralines that cause us to sigh with sweet-lovers’ satisfaction!

Roux Memories (Lyons Press 2010) offers up more than 250 home-tested recipes along with her family’s tales of four decades rooted in New Orleans’ food and culture. Her mother and father, Audrey and A. J. Hulin, were married for 46 years, raised five children, welcomed grandchildren, experienced life’s ups and downs and, through all those years enjoyed what Hulin calls “some of the best food on earth.” Generations of relatives contributed recipes and stories to this cookbook and we are the lucky recipients!

There are so many things that are lost in a devastating crisis that you never think of until you need them. When Hurricanes Katrina and Rita destroyed homes and neighborhoods and displaced hundreds of thousands of people in Louisiana, bonds were stretched, and many recipes lost. Imagine the consternation on any holiday if you couldn’t lay your hands on that time-worn, stained recipe for the special traditional foods your family has enjoyed as long as you can remember!

Hulin tells the story about being at her mother’s house in suburban New Orleans about a month after Hurricane Katrina, shoveling wet, moldy bits of unrecognizable belongings out on the lawn. It was a sad time, seeing all that had been destroyed and lost forever. Checking back through the house, imagine her joy when she found, just above the high water mark, her mother’s dry, undisturbed recipe box! The thought of all those recipes not written down, not surviving, throughout the region, set the author on the path to writing this book. It’d make a great gift for any cook--

For more details and a sample recipe: http://www.rouxmemories.com/
For more about author Belinda Hulin: http://www.belindahulin.com/bio.htm

Rosemary Carstens, Editor

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