The History of Gumbo, from Eater via One of The Wonderfuls

January 14, 2020

The History of Gumbo, from Eater via One of The Wonderfuls

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Y’all know how we feel about gumbo here at Glover Gardens. Love is not too strong a word for it. Like all gumbo-makers and gumbo-lovers, we have our own history with it. There’s an ongoing series about it here in the Glover Gardens blog.

But now, courtesy of the website Eater, there’s a terrific overview of the history of gumbo – all gumbo.

The History of Gumbo: It Starts with the Roux. Behind every bowl of gumbo, there’s a complex history.

by Nikesha Williams, in Eater
The gumbo at New Orleans restaurant Dooky Chase –
 photo by Josh Brasted

If you’re a gumbo-lover, the article is a good read. It’s a clear-eyed history – including the dark era of slavery – of how we got to this “fusion of culinary creativity that all landed in one massive pot”.

How did I find out about this article? One of The Wonderfuls, a long-time Glover Gardens reader who publishes the Storyteller blog, sent it to me. How awesome is that? Thanks, Ray! It’s now a part of the Glover Gardens Gumbo Series. And I’ve made progress on the recipe, which will be published here soon, I promise.

See the rest of the Gumbo Series here.



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