The sun-drenched Florida Keys are a unique crossroads where Caribbean
, European, and American cultures and cuisines meet. In The Flavors of the Florida Keys
, Linda Gassenheimer brings the islands to your kitchen with over two hundred recipes that range from the humble (Bahamian Conch Chowder) to the sophisticated (Crab Cakes with Pommery Mustard Sauce). In her quest for the best of the Keys’ culinary traditions, Gassenheimer has been everywhere from waterfront beach shacks to resort dining rooms, while collecting the stories of the men and women behind the recipesthe eccentric artists and writers, the local fishermen, and the bon vivants captured by the magical atmosphere of the Keys. Your dinner companions include chef Doug Shook from acclaimed Louie’s Backyard, Elena Spottswood, a member of one of the original Conch families, who shares her recipe for a perfect Cuban Mojito, and Wolfgang Birk, whose Ocean Bounty serves up an abundance of superlative seafood from the surrounding seas. Travel the Keys with Gassenheimer’s book by your side, and discover its hidden treasures; use it as a stove-side companion to bring the sunlight and spirit of the Keys to your own dining table.