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Lucy Buffett Shares Gumbo Love with Destin May 20

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Lucy Buffett, sister to Jimmy and the owner of LuLu’s destination restaurants in Destin and Gulf Shores, will be releasing her newest cookbook May 9, Gumbo Love…Recipes for Gulf Coast Cooking, Entertaining and Savoring the Good Life.


LuLu’s in Destin will host a cookbook signing Meet & Greet event with Lucy personally autographing copies of Gumbo Love Saturday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Gumbo Love is a delicious love letter to the Gulf Coast’s vibrant food culture and the definitive guide to this regional fare, interwoven with Lucy’s philosophy of relaxation, freedom, gratitude, enjoyment and, of course, seaside whimsy. With over 100 new recipes mixed with old classics, readers will find the perfect dish for any social occasion, including Caribbean, Cajun, Creole, Cuban, Mexican and Old Florida influences.


The book is garnished throughout with great stories and tidbits of hard-won wisdom, like “trying to be perfect is a setup for failure.” Readers will also learn how Lucy navigates the kitchen and the business, and about her upbringing in Mobile.


“With great excitement, I am pleased to announce this release of my long-awaited second book, Gumbo Love. It truly took the ‘village of LuLu’s’ to get this book finished,” says Lucy. “Now it’s time to do one of my favorite things in the world—book signings.


“I’m all about connecting with people, hearing their stories and discovering our common ground and experiences. Besides, I am truly humbled to have folks want to read what I’ve written, and my mother taught me to have good manners. So what better way to do that than to thank them in person and give them a hug?”


Cooking her way from coast to coast before returning home to Alabama years ago, Lucy Buffett originally opened a modest bayside gumbo and burger joint that also doubled as a bait shop. Now she is a successful restaurateur, with two LuLu’s locations serving over one million guests a year. A third location will open in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, next spring.


LuLu’s is located in Destin at the foot of the Mid-Bay Bridge next to Legendary Marina. For more information, visit

– Kay Phelan
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