Louisiana Life Magazine To Host Launch Party, Book Signing For ‘The Essential Louisiana Seafood Cookbook’

NEW ORLEANS – Louisiana Life Magazine and its parent company Renaissance Publishing LLC announce the release of their second cookbook entitled “The Essential Louisiana Seafood Cookbook.”

         Authored by nationally acclaimed food and travel writer Stanley Dry, and photographed by New Orleans food photographer Eugenia Uhl, “The Essential Louisiana Seafood Cookbook” is a continued celebration of this essential resource from the Gulf Coast, as well as the state’s lakes, swamps, marshes and bayous. 

         A discussion and signing with author Dry and photographer Uhl will be moderated by the book’s editor and Louisiana Life managing editor Melanie Warner Spencer on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., at 6:00 p.m. Additionally, on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the public is invited to a free wine tasting and signing with Dry at Pearl Wines, 3700 Orleans Ave., in the American Can Company. Both events are open to the public and free to attend.

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         For Louisiana home cooks and professional chefs, seafood is an essential ingredient. From the finest restaurants to casual gatherings at home, crab, fish, oysters, shrimp and of course crawfish — to name a few — are not only ubiquitous, but also celebrated. In this collection of 50 traditional and contemporary recipes by Dry, who also penned “The Essential Louisiana Cookbook,” top-notch ingredients are paired with fresh seafood to create delectable dishes imbued with the author’s signature simplicity. Inspired, innovative and delicious, the easy-to-follow recipes emphasize Louisiana seafood and quality, local ingredients with traditional favorites such as: Crawfish and Tasso Jambalya, Courtbouillion, Shrimp Filé Gumbo, Mini Crawfish Pies and Broiled Catfish, as well as original selections like Shrimp and Pork Stew; Crawfish Piquante with Rice Waffles, Green Redfish Soup, Venison with Italian Sausage and Oysters and Crawfish, Avocado and Quinoa Salad.

         The hardcover book sells for $17.95 and is available at local bookstores and online here.

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         Dry currently writes the “Kitchen Gourmet” column for Louisiana Life Magazine. Formerly senior editor of Food & Wine Magazine, he is co-author of “Gulf South,” published by Compass American guides. His articles on food, cooking, wine, restaurants and travel have appeared in Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, The New York Times and Acadiana Profile, among others. Uhl is a native New Orleanian whose photographs have been featured in New Orleans Magazine, Southern Accents, Metropolitan Home, GQ Magazine, Essence, Travel & Leisure and Vegetarian Times. Additionally, she has completed multiple cookbooks, including “Commander’s Kitchen” for Commander’s Palace and “New Orleans Home Cooking” by Dale Curry.

         Renaissance Publishing LLC is locally owned and operated by Todd Matherne, Errol Laborde and Alan Campell. In addition to MyNewOrleans.com and BizNewOrleans.com, Renaissance Publishing LLC also owns New Orleans Magazine, New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles Magazine, Louisiana Life Magazine, New Orleans Bride MagazineAcadiana Profile Magazine, St. Charles Avenue and Biz New Orleans. Renaissance Publishing LLC also produces many custom publishing titles for various organizations.


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