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I've always been curious of New Orleans food so I bought this recipe book to try and make mine since I don't have access to any. The recipes look good and easy to follow and there is even a bit of history in there which is greatly appreciated. But there are almost no pics and that is kit only appealing to the eye but it also kinda guides you as to what the food should look like. So I've had to look up images of the food so I know what we are talking about.
I am just an average home cook here who was interested in a sampling of New Orleans recipes. I've never reviewed a product on Amazon before, but felt the need to give this little book the credit it deserves since it holds some of my favorite recipes and I've enjoyed using it immensely.
I've found this book informative and easy to follow. The little tips, tricks and tidbits of information scattered throughout the book make it and interesting read and give insight into the culture of New Orleans. I have prepared only 3 recipes from this book so far, but each one was absolutely delicious and I've made two of them several times since.
The first recipe I tried was Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya. Very tasty dish that I brought to a dinner party and received rave reviews. The pot was empty when I left - it was all eaten up!
The next recipe I made was Chicken, Andouille, and Shrimp Gumbo (picture attached). I have to say that I was very nervous about this one since I had never tried making a roux before. I followed the steps exactly and a few hours later had a delicious pot of gumbo. In fact, it was so good I made it every weekend for a month straight. Next time I'm doubling the recipe because everyone asks for a bowl when I make it and I only end up with one bowl for myself! MUST HAVE LEFTOVERS!!
Finally, I've made the Crawfish Bread several times (picture attached). The first time I made it, I didn't have any crawfish tails available and substituted shrimp. My daughter (11 years old) said she wished I would make this every day because she didn't want to stop eating it! It is definitely a keeper - both with shrimp and with crawfish.
If you want an introduction to New Orleans flavors that gives you a sampling of the most popular dishes, this is a good option. The recipes are easy to follow and it's a conveniently sized paperback book so you don't have to worry about getting your phone/tablet/device dirty while cooking from it!
We were craving some Cajun foods lately and Ryan Boudreaux's cookbook hits all the dishes to satisfy those cravings. First recipes we had to try were from the breakfast/lunch menu: Cafe Au Lait, Eggs Benedict and a plentiful batch of Beinets! We are in Cajun heaven sitting out here on a beautiful morning having our Cajun brunch! Thanks Ryan!