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Chasing the Gator: Isaac Toups and the New Cajun Cooking Hardcover – 15 Nov 2018

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Company; 1 edition (23 October 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316465771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316465779
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 2.5 x 26.2 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1 Kg
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Chasing the Gator should come with a warning: do not read hungry. Isaac Toups' colorful tribute to the traditions of Cajun cooking is dangerously appetite-inducing and equally enlightening. You may have to ice your arm after all the roux-stirring, but you'll walk away with a profound appreciation for the Cajun way of life--a delicious and authentic piece of American culture."--Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, author of Setting the Table

"If you were to blindfold me and serve me some of Isaac Toups' food, first of all I'd wonder what the heck kind of shenanigans you were pulling, but I'd know exactly whose dishes they were. Isaac's food tastes so unmistakably of a place and a tradition and a reverence for both of those things, inextricably bound by an exceptional generosity of spirit. This man knows how to raise hell in all the best ways, and the trip there--at his restaurants and in this book--is something close to heaven every step of the way."--Kat Kinsman, senior food and drinks editor, Extra Crispy

"Chasing the Gator is the Cajun Bible. Its recipes are everything you need to live life like a local--including the attitude. If you can't live in New Orleans, cooking Isaac's way might just be the next best thing. And he really knows his way around a pig skin."--Archie Manning

"Isaac Toups gives me hope for the future of Cajun cooking."--James Carville, the Ragin' Cajun

"If you can't get to Louisiana, this is an excellent stand-in."--Food & Wine

"Isaac Toups grew up in deep Cajun country. He has been steeped in Cajun traditions his whole life--it's in his blood, and that's evident as soon as you meet him... Isaac's rustic and decadent Cajun dishes take you on a journey through Louisiana that most tourists never get to see or experience."--From the foreword by Emeril Lagasse

"It's hard not to be charmed by Isaac Toups, and almost impossible not to fall for the bold, brave, and unabashedly rich flavors of his Louisiana kitchens. With Chasing the Gator, Toups spills all his magical cooking secrets and time-honored traditions, showing how to make everything from the perfect boudin to his daddy's famous seafood gumbo. It's a lip-smacking wild ride through the heart of Cajun country, and there's no better chef I would want as my guide!"--Gail Simmons, food expert, TV host, and author of Bringing it Home

"Toups' form of authentic Cajun cooking comes at you extra-bold and spicy, like a cat-5 hurricane out of the Gulf. And yet his recipes in Chasing the Gator are approachable and enabling. This cookbook is a riveting read, and anyone interested in the heritage of the American South needs to own this beautifully rendered dive into grattons, frisseurs, tata bouille, cochon de lait, and roux peas. Get ready to make the most soul-stirring gumbo you've ever tasted!"--Matt Lee and Ted Lee, James Beard Award-winning authors of The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen

"Are you obsessed with all foods Cajun? This is your time. This is your book."--Delish

"New Orleans chef and Top Chef alum Toups presents innovative Cajun dishes in this must-have collection of recipes... An outstanding addition to the storied Louisiana cookbook canon, Toups's volume deserves a spot on the shelf of anyone who cooks Cajun and New Orleans cuisine."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Book Description

A badass modern Cajun cookbook from Top Chef fan favorite Isaac Toups and acclaimed journalist Jennifer V. Cole, featuring 100 full-flavor recipes and stories from the backcountry to the bayou

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Food, Glorious Food!
5.0 out of 5 starsNo 'gators were harmed in the making of this book. Quite a few other delicious beasties were though!
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5.0 out of 5 starsAwesome addition to the Cajun repertoire
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5.0 out of 5 starsFun book to READ and learn about Cajan cooking !!!
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