With "A Cajun Family Cookbook", John Gravois spreads the joy of regional cuisine as practiced by his relatives. It starts with recipes his mother taught him and Gravois ladles in more family favorites from generous southern Louisiana relatives. ? Gravois provides a primer on Cajun cooking techniques, including the best way to make perfect roux. Aside from familiar favorites, such distinctive fare as armadillo fricassée, stuffed quail, and venison stew are offered up along with sumptuous desserts like sweet potato pudding and pralines. If you grew up in Cajun country the book will recall memories of raucous family reunions and other gatherings with aunts bearing her proudest dish. For non-Cajuns, it's a chance to eat very, very well. Again and again. This highly affordable, 96-page cookbook, $5.95, is produced in the United States by a small family-run printer. Savory House Press, is an imprint of a boutique, socially conscious publishing house that donates a portion of proceeds from several of its titles to non-profit groups including Habitat for Humanity.
A native of Houma, La., Gravois has worked for his hometown newspaper, the Daily Courier, was a Washington correspondent and political writer for the Houston Post and is currently the national editor of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He is a graduate of LSU and the masters journalism school at the University of Missouri.
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