NOLA icon John Besh's fourth cookbook is more practical than any of his previous volumes. There's plenty of New Orleans flavor, but Besh wrote this book less as a James Beard Award-winning chef with a dozen restaurants to his name and more as a busy dad eager to serve his family the kind of delicious, soulful food he was raised on (think hearty, one-pot dishes like Chicken and Sausage Gumbo). Throughout, Besh shares memories of a lifetime living and eating in New Orleans, plus snapshots of his favorite local spots.

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