Continued Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts, Recipe Recovery and Coastal Restoration

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In continued hurricane Katrina relief efforts, cookbook author, Amy Cyrex Sins conducts an event in honor of the many people who shared their inspirational stories and photographs for her new book, Ruby Slippers Cookbook: Life, Culture, Family and Food After Katrina.

Believe! That was the theme for the night of August 24, 2006 at Arnaud’s Restaurant in the French Quarter of New Orleans where a reception was held in honor of the many people who contributed their inspirational stories and photographs for the Ruby Slippers Cookbook. Guests were encouraged to believe in the power of their story, and the possibilities for a wonderful future of New Orleans.

Local cookbook author Amy Cyrex Sins said, “I wanted to thank the many people who inspired me along this journey. Each person who shared a story or photograph has touched my heart. This was a chance to do something special for them.”

The event included an opportunity for the various personalities in the book to meet each other for the first time. Some even brought with them a copy of the book to have others sign. One guest said, “It is so wonderful to see Mrs. Joan and Mrs. Pauline meet for the first time!” Even though it was many of their first meetings, the guests seemed as if they were all old friends.

Mark Davis, Executive Director of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, was also in attendance. He shared with the group the importance of preserving our culture, our food and our wetlands. Mark reviewed the organization’s mission and goals. He also noted how the stories behind the Ruby Slippers Cookbook would help the coalition’s message.

New Orleans cookbook author, Amy Cyrex Sins created an atmosphere of excitement and renewal around her new book, Ruby Slippers Cookbook: Life, Culture, Family and Food after Katrina. Just as many New Orleans events, the Remoulade Sauce prevailed over standard Cocktail Sauce, guests enjoyed each other’s company, jazz music filled the air and the Turtle Soup was the star of the show.

The book titled Ruby Slippers Cookbook: Life, Culture, Family and Food After Katrina, the 232-page coffee table style volume is now available for sale in local bookstores, enabling food lovers the opportunity to enjoy fabulous New Orleans and Louisiana style cuisine at home while also helping a good cause.

Ruby Slippers not only offers over 140 family recipes from throughout Louisiana, but also several recipes from 14 of New Orleans’ finest restaurants. The menus are sure to keep readers busy entertaining family and friends with traditional New Orleans dishes and a few new family favorites.

Amy’s book is filled with lavish photography, sure to evoke strong emotions, depicting both devastated and untouched areas of the city. Readers will find the book heartbreaking, heartwarming, uplifting all at the same time. The resilience and strength of the people living in the New Orleans area is evident in the pages of Ruby Slippers. Amy’s book is a small step in the right direction to preserve something all hold dear: life, family, and food that are uniquely New Orleans.

Through this full size, four-color, hard-bound cookbook, food lovers and photography connoisseurs alike now have the opportunity to enjoy a taste of what New Orleans and South Louisiana has to offer while helping a good cause. A portion of proceeds from the sale of Ruby Slippers and its photography will go to The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana.

A $35.00 retail value, Ruby Slippers Cookbook is now available for purchase online, The book is also on sale in large retail stores such as Borders Books, as well as, local neighborhood bookstores throughout New Orleans.

Amy Cyrex Sins


Tate Tullier

Photography Consultant

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana


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