Someday soon, we’ll go to New Orleans and eat at Bayona, Susan Spicer’s restaurant. She makes the kinds of foods I love – some traditional southern and some fusion. Until we go, though, we’ll enjoy some of the fantastic recipes found in Susan’s new (and first) cookbook, Crescent City Cooking.
This cookbook is really fantastic. I’m not sure I’d call it just a cookbook, either. The pictures are works of art, the text and stories engrossing, and recipes… unbelievable. The book is divided into several sections, ranging from appetizers to mains to cocktails. You’ll find more traditional southern items like spiced Cajun pecans or spicy shrimp with Tasso cream and green chile grit cakes (I just drooled). And you’ll find dishes that incorporate flavors from around the world, such as slow-scrambled eggs with potatoes, mushrooms and bacon or a sweet potato brioche. Just reading the recipe titles alone will make you hungry.
This cookbook is more than page after page of lists of ingredients and cooking steps. It reads well. You’ll truly enjoy Susan’s insights and comments on each dish. I am quite sure we will end up making every single item in this cookbook, all 170 or so of them.
I highly recommend this cookbook. Unlike some that you come across these days, this book is honest, with fantastic food. It is well worth the price.
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