“There are few writers who I can read a couple of their lines and undoubtedly identify them. Their style is unmistakable . . . Hemingway and Dickens . . . but on a much more local level there’s Frank Davis. His style of communication is so uniquely (or is it ‘Naturally’) New Orleans.”
—Don Dubuc, St. Tammany News Banner
A culture that continues to capture the fascination of newcomers, the essence of New Orleans runs deeper than tourist attractions. There is a part of New Orleans that doesn’t exist in the French Quarter or on college campuses or in the Superdome. This New Orleans lives and breathes in kitchens large and small throughout the city. Mammas, grandmammas, aunts, uncles, and cousins stir up Southern comfort in the form of home-style food. This is the New Orleans that is found throughout Frank Davis’s fifth book.
Amidst anecdotes and memories of growing up in Louisiana, Davis shares recipes using language that creates a comfortable atmosphere for even amateur chefs. Frank Davis delves into Louisiana culture with recipes such as Crawfish Bread, Creole Rice Pudding, and Frank’s Bananas Foster. Davis’s advice on technique and preparation, and his suggestions on which sides should accompany entrées and what to do with leftover ingredients and alternative seasonings takes the guesswork out of cooking, leaving only the fun and food. By the time the meal is finished, the term “good groceries” will imply something much more than a meal. In the New Orleans vernacular, you have made groceries when you buy the ingredients at the store. Good groceries are the result of the love and effort that can transform ordinary ingredients into an outstanding dining experience.