Cookbook showcases coastal cuisine and local landmarks
Suzanne Little loves to cook and she loves Galveston history.
So, the most obvious thing for her to do with those two loves was to combine them into a cookbook.
Little had been thinking about a cookbook for some time. Her family owns the historic gift shop Murdochs Bathhouse on the seawall, and she had heard tourists asking for cookbooks.
“We’ve tested cookbooks at Murdochs, and the tourists love them,” Little said.
Finally, she approached the Women’s Association of the Galveston Country Club with an offer to split costs to publish a cookbook.
After getting the green light about 10 months ago, Little, chairwoman of the committee of six from the women’s association, collected recipes from the association’s members. Every two weeks, they gathered around kitchen tables, discussing, tasting and vetting the recipes until they finally culled the entries.
It was a tough task, Little said.
“It’s a lot of detailed work, which is the most difficult part of writing a cookbook,” she said.
Martha Justice, the committee co-chairwoman, formatted all of the recipes.
The committee mixed and blended the history and the flavors of the island into “Coastal Collection” — a 160-recipe labor of love.
But the cookbook isn’t just about seafood, Little said. It features a variety of beloved island dishes.
“Real” Italian Bolognese Sauce; Shrimp and Grits with Andouille Sausage; and Mandarin Strawberry Salad with Sugared Pecans are just a few of the recipes included in the book.
“Coastal Collection” is divided into seven sections: appetizers; soups and salads; seafood; poultry and casseroles; meat and casseroles; vegetables and sides; and desserts.
Little drove around town taking photos of historic island buildings, including Sacred Heart Church, Hotel Galvez and St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica. The photos serve as section dividers. Photos of egrets, pelicans and seagulls grace the backsides of those pages. Tourists want to know about the birds and flowers of the island, Little said.
“We live in a beautiful coastal city that is rich in history,” she said. “We have fabulous 19th-century architecture, exotic birds and beautiful trees and flowers. Our new book has incorporated all of these features.”
The book will go on sale in October and costs $25.95. The women’s association will sell the book at the Galveston Country Club, Murdochs and a few other retailers around town.
Some of the proceeds from the sale of cookbooks will benefit charities supported by the women’s association, including the Resource and Crisis Center, the Galveston Island Humane Society and other charitable endeavors.