Hurricane Katrina's Delicious Aftermath in New Orleans Wins an International Award

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Author Amy Cyrex Sins has recently been honored with an international cookbook award from Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Post-Katrina, award-winning cookbook from the Big Easy gets International attention; features Cajun, Creole, and Louisiana home cooking; famous restaurant recipes; and stories of hope from those who love New Orleans while helping charity in the process.

Ruby Slippers Cookbook, Life, Culture, Family and Food After Katrina by New Orleans author Amy Cyrex Sins has recently been named the recipient of a prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Award.

The media have called the "Gourmand World Cookbook Awards" the "Oscars" or the "Nobel" of the sector and Sins is honored to be a part of such elite group of culinary professionals. The Gourmand judges reviewed thousands of published cookbooks and chose Ruby Slippers Cookbook by Sins as a winner of the Special Award of the Jury alongside books by Morgan Freeman and Oprah's Chef, Art Smith. Sins received her award during a recent ceremony in Beijing China.

Lush in regional flavor, the 2006 Gourmand Award-Winning Ruby Slippers Cookbook is part recipe book, part photojournal of New Orleans' watery afterlife. Along with recipes, lavish photography, and New Orleans historical tidbits, Sins has written a personal history of surviving the mess left in Katrina's wake, including stories from others who love all that is New Orleans.

After hurricane Katrina, many thought the ability to enjoy fine New Orleans style cooking might be gone forever. Fortunately, the culinary experience tourists and locals alike expect from New Orleans and South Louisiana has been captured in the elegant cookbook. Titled Ruby Slippers Cookbook: Life, Culture, Family and Food After Katrina, the 232-page coffee table style volume is available for sale, enabling food lovers the opportunity to enjoy fabulous New Orleans and Louisiana Cajun and Creole style cuisine at home while also helping a good cause.

Amy Cyrex Sins wasn't close to Hurricane Katrina when it hit, but her beloved house was. Located just steps away from the 17th Street Canal levee break that drained Lake Pontchartrain's waters into the city, the house where Cyrex Sins and her husband lived was utterly destroyed.

Most heartbreaking for the young bride? The loss of her beloved hand-written recipe collection passed from family and friends. Inspired to action after failures to recreate her mother-in-law's buttery, chocolate custard-filled doberge cake, Cyrex Sins began compiling over 130 recipes from family, friends, neighbors, strangers, and favorite New Orleans restaurants.

What resulted was unwitting therapy for her in book form: the Ruby Slippers Cookbook: Life, Culture, Family & Food After Katrina.

At once heartbreaking, mouthwatering, and uplifting, nowhere is the spirit of New Orleans more apparent than in Ruby Slippers. A small step in preserving something all hold dear, Ruby Slippers is a loving homage to the life, food and family that are uniquely New Orleans.

A portion of proceeds from the sales of the Ruby Slippers Cookbook benefits Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, a nonprofit organization set up to preserve wetlands.

Ruby Slippers Cookbook, one of the prestigious 2006 Gourmand World Cookbook Award winners, is turning heads nationally and internationally too! Press coverage includes the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, the Times-Picayune, and Epicurious.com

About the Author:
International award winning author, Amy Cyrex Sins is a Loyola University of New Orleans graduate with a degree in communications. She is a cooking enthusiast who spends every free moment in the kitchen creating wonderful meals for friends and family. Amy was inspired to write her first cookbook after the events of Hurricane Katrina ravaged her home and her city. The one thing she lost that was missed most of all was her collection of handwritten recipes passed on from family and friends. Amy believes that her furniture and things are easily replaced, but handwritten recipes are something that are cherished but now lost forever.

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