Gumbo Life

Gumbo Life

Tales from the Roux Bayou
Written by Ken Wells
Narrated by P.J. Ochlan
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Gumbo Life

Tales from the Roux Bayou
Written by Ken Wells | Narrated by P.J. Ochlan
“A tasty treat” (Kirkus Reviews): Some say America is a melting pot, while others say it’s a salad bowl — but this delectable memoir might convince you it’s just a big bowl of gumbo! Inspired by his mother’s recipe, a seasoned (pun definitely intended) journalist sets out on a quest to discover the many culinary and cultural influences that combined to create a beloved dish.

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Ask any self-respecting Louisianan who makes the best gumbo and the answer is universal: “Momma.” The product of a melting pot of culinary influences, gumbo, in fact, reflects the diversity of the people who cooked it up: French aristocrats, West Africans in bondage, Cajun refugees, German settlers, Native Americans-all had a hand in the pot. What is it about gumbo that continues to delight and nourish so many? And what explains its spread around the world?

A seasoned journalist, Ken Wells sleuths out the answers. His obsession goes back to his childhood in the Cajun bastion of Bayou Black. Back then, gumbo was a humble soup little known beyond the boundaries of Louisiana. So when a homesick young Ken, at college in Missouri, realized there wasn’t a restaurant that could satisfy his gumbo cravings, he called his momma for the recipe. That phone-taught gumbo was a disaster. The second, cooked at his mother’s side, fueled a lifelong quest to explore gumbo’s roots and mysteries.

In Gumbo Life, Wells does just that. He spends time with octogenarian chefs who turn the lowly coot into gourmet gumbo; joins a team at a highly competitive gumbo contest; visits a factory that churns out gumbo by the ton; and observes the gumbo-making rituals of an iconic New Orleans restaurant where high-end Creole cooking and Cajun cuisine first merged.

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Release Date: April 30, 2019
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
Run time: 8 hours and 10 minutes
Unabridged Audiobook

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