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If you think the South is a little slower than the rest of the country, you might be right. As a native southerner, I can wholeheartedly say it's the cookin'...people with full bellies in 100 degree heat just don't do things as fast as some folks would like. But slow is good for some things. It's hard to beat the earthy richness of a pile of greens that have simmered for hours with a ham hock or two. And if you thought watching a kettle boil was asking for frustration, then you know exactly what it's like to stand around at a pig roast when the pungent smell of spiced vinegar barbeque sauce wafting through the air causes your salivary glands to lose control.
Good things are always worth waiting for and are best shared. If you like what the South has to offer in the cookin' category, don't think for a minute that southerners are slow in the technology area. Websites abound in the great state of Louisiana and many are food-related. of particular interest is the Cajun Family's Recipe Book which is loaded with practically every cajun recipe worth tasting and without alot of fluff. They get straight to the point here...and it's the food. Whether it's Alligator in a Sauce Piquant or the traditional File Gumbo loaded with crab, shrimp and okra, this text-only site is a great roadmap for the adventurous culinary explorer or the stick-to-the-tried-and- true finicky faithful. You'll find recipes that serve from 4 to 40; and while no one ventures to say this food is heart-smart, few can deny that it's the kind of soul-warming comfort food you can't help but slow down to savor. By the way, if you can't find alligator meat at your local butcher shop, no worry, you can always subsititute chicken!! Ya'll come back now, ya hear.
Katherine Withers Cobbs is a San Francisco freelance writer , editor and designer who recently worked on Time-Life Asia's "Quick & Tasty Series -Books and Video" (Time-Life Asia, 1996) and the upcoming "Williams-Sonoma Seasonal Celebration" series (Time-Life Books, US, 1997).
It's A Cajun Family's Recipe Book