4 out of 5 stars
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Chef Hunter Lee was born in northwest Louisiana, where he grew up and fell in love with cooking. Using his original recipes, family recipes, and some general recipes from the South, he puts together a collection of recipes that covers the preparation of pork, beef, seafood, fish, and so many more.
What's more? He manages to sprinkle little stories concerning the South in between some of the recipes, thereby drawing the reader close to the heart of northwest Louisiana and generally giving us a feel of what it means to be in northwest Louisiana and sit at a "southern" table.
Louisiana: Recipes of a People by Chef Hunter Lee is a great cookbook with over 30 recipes for different foods. If you are seeking the southern food experience, then this cookbook is an excellent fit for you, as it thoroughly covers a lot of southern recipes and then some.
This book was quite enjoyable to read, considering that not all cookbooks manage to tell little stories in between recipes. Yet, Chef Hunter Lee manages to make the reader fall in love with the way of life and food culture of northwest Louisiana while providing simple, straightforward recipes for preparing delicious delicacies.
As for the negative aspects of the book, there's nothing much to say apart from making some simple suggestions that would have possibly made the book better. Some of these suggestions include the fact that it would have been nice if Chef Hunter Lee had provided some suggestions on alternatives to spices one can use in some of the recipes. Although he mentioned replacing Benwood's seasoning with any other Cajun or southern seasoning, that is the only place an alternative is mentioned. Furthermore, the southern accent with which he told his story made it difficult to understand what he was saying at times. There were also a lot of errors in this book, which prove that it was not professionally edited.
There's much to learn from this book, whether you're a budding chef or someone who simply enjoys cooking. If you happen to come from the South or enjoy southern cooking, then that's definitely a bonus, as you'll relate to this book better. However, I'll give this book a rating of 4 out of 5 stars. I deducted a star primarily because of the number of errors found in the book. Perhaps if the book had been professionally edited, I would have given it a perfect rating.
Louisiana Recipes of a People
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