This non-native menace has overrun the Mississippi, could devastate the Great Lakes, and likes to fling itself at boaters. So eat it—before it breaks your nose.
The legendary rice-based dish has a controversial past and a vibrant future in New Orleans and its surroundings.
Poppy Tooker is a well-regarded New Orleans cooking instructor and slow-food advocate. Her gumbo credentials were burnished last year when she appeared on Throwdown with Bobby Flay and roundly defeated the cocky celebrity chef in a gumbo cook-off.
Along with New Orleans essentials--red beans and rice and jambalaya--Diaspora Gumbo was designed as a formula wherein you'd "pick your diaspora by choosing from the following foods, depending on personal preference and availability to obtain ingredients in your evacuation site."
The Po-Boy Preservation Festival happened at the site of a violent skirmish in the days after Katrina. SLIDE SHOW I