Brooke Dojny

Storey Publishing, May 2015

144 pages, $14.95

ISBN 978-1-61212-375-2

I love cookbooks that teach me something, and Brooke Dojny’s Chowderland did just that. Specifically, I, a cook from south Louisiana, did not know that there were so many styles of chowder. And chowder is a favorite meal of political marching societies? Who knew?

Dojny does an excellent job with chowder history, and she even includes the provenance and importance of chowder crackers. She also explains the differences in regional chowders, and includes basic recipes for Maine-style Haddock Chowder, Rhode Island Clear Clam Chowder, and a farmhouse Parsnip Chowder popular in Vermont. There’s also chowders from the west coast, along with a good selection of vegetable chowders, something that most folks outside the Northeast don’t know exist.

I was a little surprised to see a recipe for Creole Seafood Gumbo. I certainly don’t consider gumbo a chowder, but she slipped in a chapter titled Splendid Seafood Stews and Bisque, so I suppose gumbo can fit in. And the gumbo recipe is authentic — to New Orleans.

This book is fairly slim, with only about 60 recipes. And the last few chapters are on breads and sweets. But if you don’t know much about chowder, this is a good book to start with. The recipes are well written, the photographs make everything look irresistible, and you’ll learn something.


‘Confederacy of Dunces Cookbook’ Media Reviews

New York Times Book Review: “Cooking for Dunces,” (John Williams, December 18, 2015)

NPR Radio and The Salt: “‘A Confederacy of Dunces Cookbook’: A Classic Revisited in Recipes,” (Steve Inskeep, December 4, 2015)
Parade Magazine: “A Bite of the Bayou,” (Alison Ashton, February 7,, 2016)
Boston Metro: “‘Juicy Wine Cakes and Other Dunces Delights’: Author Cynthia Nobles eats her way through the Pulitzer Prize-winning Novel,” (Rachel Raczka, December 8, 2015)
The Picayune: “‘Confederacy of Dunces Cookbook’ is More Than Recipes,” (Judy Walker, October 6, 2015)
The Advocate: “‘A Confederacy of Dunces Cookbook’ Imagines the Food of New Orleans’ Favorite Malcontent,” (Cheramie Sonnier, October 7, 2015)
Houston Chronicle: Author Cooks Up ‘A Confederacy of Dunces,” (Greg Morago, January 25, 2016)
Charlotte Observer: “‘A Confederacy of Dunces Cookbook,” (Dannye Romine Powell, December 16, 2015.
The Advertiser: “Inside Look at ‘Confederacy of Dunces Cookbook,'” (Chere Coen, November 6, 2015)
225 Magazine: “‘A Confederacy of Dunces Cookbook,'” (Maggie Heyn Richardson, December 2015)

Country Roads Magazine: ‘Three Pounds of Turtle Meat and A Can-Do Attitude,'” (Chris Turner-Neal)