Heading to Mississippi is “On the Coast: Mississippi Tales and Recipes” by Troy Gilbert and Matthew Mayfield, illustrated by Billy Solitario and published by Pelican Publishing of New Orleans. The recipes include everything from boat snacks to “coastal delicicies” and include everything in between. Seafood reigns here, of course, but there’s also “hooch” or cocktails, venison chili, fried chicken and lots of sweet delights, including Biloxi doughtnuts.
Along the way, readers will be treated to boat captains fishing Gulf waters, the beautiful and tasty royal reds shrimp, the restoration efforts on the barrier islands, and information on the islands themselves. It’s a beautiful book, and the perfect gift for those hailing from and visiting the Mississippi coast.
Cheré Dastugue Coen is a food and travel writer living in South Louisiana. She is also the author of several Louisiana romances under the pen name of Cherie Claire and the author of “Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History,” “Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana” and “Exploring Cajun Country: A Historic Guide to Acadiana” and co-author of “Magic’s in the Bag: Creating Spellbinding Gris Gris Bags and Sachets.” Write her at firstname.lastname@example.org.