Mosquito Supper Club: Cajun Recipes from a Disappearing Bayou (Hardback)
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Mosquito Supper Club: Cajun Recipes from a Disappearing Bayou (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 01/04/2020
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For anyone who loves Cajun food or is interested in American cooking or wants to discover a distinct and engaging new female voice--or just wants to make the very best duck gumbo, shrimp jambalaya, she-crab soup, crawfish etouffee, smothered chicken, fried okra, oyster bisque, and sweet potato pie--comes Mosquito Supper Club.

Named after her restaurant in New Orleans, chef Melissa M. Martin's debut cookbook shares her inspired and reverent interpretations of the traditional Cajun recipes she grew up eating on the Louisiana bayou, with a generous helping of stories about her community and its cooking. Every hour, Louisiana loses a football field's worth of land to the Gulf of Mexico. Too soon, Martin's hometown of Chauvin will be gone, along with the way of life it sustained. Before it disappears, Martin wants to document and share the recipes, ingredients, and customs of the Cajun people.

Illustrated throughout with dazzling color photographs of food and place, the book is divided into chapters by ingredient--from shrimp and oysters to poultry, rice, and sugarcane. Each begins with an essay explaining the ingredient and its context, including traditions like putting up blackberries each February, shrimping every August, and the many ways to make an authentic Cajun gumbo. Martin is a gifted cook who brings a female perspective to a world we've only heard about from men. The stories she tells come straight from her own life, and yet in this age of climate change and erasure of local cultures, they feel universal, moving, and urgent.

Publisher: Artisan
ISBN: 9781579658472
Number of pages: 336
Dimensions: 254 x 190 mm


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THE STORIES, FLAVORS, AND TRADITIONS OF BAYOU CAJUN LIFE

"Mosquito Supper Club is a lovingly rendered valentine to the sadly disappearing Cajun world. It's a must-have work for anyone who cares deeply about the food of the United States." --Jessica B. Harris, cookbook author, consultant, culinary historian

"With Mosquito Supper Club, Melissa Martin opens the door into the savory-scented kitchens of mothers, aunts, and sisters. She reveals a world that is rich and complicated, a way of life that is sustaining and unique--and she also mourns what we have already lost and stand to lose yet in this endangered region and culture. This book's fantastic recipes will fill your belly with bounty, but its stories will thrill your heart while tugging at your soul." --Ronni Lundy, author of Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes

"Home cooks will find equal joy in cooking and eating Melissa Martin's unique recipes and in reading about her efforts to preserve and share her native culture." --Nina Compton, chef and owner, Compere Lapin

"Melissa Martin's ability to evoke a story, a history, and a sense of place through dishes like Velma Marie's Oyster Soup is a true testament to her love of where she comes from. Mosquito Supper Club is a stunning tribute to the Cajun way of life." --Kelly Fields, chef and author of The Good Book of Southern Baking

"While no one can teach you more about how to expertly eat crawfish or make perfect blackberry dumplings, it's Melissa's dedication to the traditions of her community that will affect you the most." --Tara Jensen, baker and teacher, Smoke Signals Baking

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