LIVE STREAM: Melissa Martin presents Mosquito Supper Club: Cajun Recipes from a Disappearing Bayou, in conversation with Katie Button

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Chef Melissa Martin will be joined in conversation by Chef Katie Button. They will be introduced by Jennifer Lapidus, founder of Carolina Ground. 

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About Mosquito Supper Club, which has been named a Best New Cookbook of Spring 2020 by Bon AppétitFood & Wine, NPR’s The Splendid Table, and more.

For anyone who loves Cajun food or is interested in American cooking or wants to discover a distinct and engaging new female voice--or just wants to make the very best duck gumbo, shrimp jambalaya, she-crab soup, crawfish étouffée, smothered chicken, fried okra, oyster bisque, and sweet potato pie--comes Mosquito Supper Club.

Named after her restaurant in New Orleans, chef Melissa M. Martin's debut cookbook shares her inspired and reverent interpretations of the traditional Cajun recipes she grew up eating on the Louisiana bayou, with a generous helping of stories about her community and its cooking. Every hour, Louisiana loses a football field's worth of land to the Gulf of Mexico. Too soon, Martin's hometown of Chauvin will be gone, along with the way of life it sustained. Before it disappears, Martin wants to document and share the recipes, ingredients, and customs of the Cajun people.

Illustrated throughout with dazzling color photographs of food and place, the book is divided into chapters by ingredient--from shrimp and oysters to poultry, rice, and sugarcane. Each begins with an essay explaining the ingredient and its context, including traditions like putting up blackberries each February, shrimping every August, and the many ways to make an authentic Cajun gumbo. Martin is a gifted cook who brings a female perspective to a world we've only heard about from men. The stories she tells come straight from her own life, and yet in this age of climate change and erasure of local cultures, they feel universal, moving, and urgent.

Melissa M. Martin grew up on the Louisiana coast and has lived in New Orleans for 20 years. After graduating from Loyola University in New Orleans, she worked as an adult literacy teacher until she evacuated to Northern California during Hurricane Katrina. While living there, she worked at some of the top Napa Valley vineyards and restaurants, and this is where she honed her self-taught culinary skills to a professional level. Martin returned to New Orleans three years later and opened Satsuma Café, a casual farm-to-table restaurant, and worked at Café Hope, a nonprofit restaurant, teaching at-risk youth to cook seasonal food. In 2014, she opened Mosquito Supper Club, where she serves family-style meals to small groups of guests who reserve a place at her table months in advance. Find her on Instagram @mosquitosupperclub.

Katie Button was born in the South, raised in the North, and educated in Europe. Now, she has returned to her roots as chef and owner of two unique restaurant concepts in Asheville, North Carolina: Cúrate Tapas Bar and Button & Co. Bagels. Chef Button has received repeated recognition from the James Beard foundation and others and was recently named a 2020 James Beard Award Semifinalist for Best Chef - Southeast. Learn more at and find her on Instagram @chefkatiebutton.

Jennifer Lapidus is the former owner of Natural Bridge Bakery, the founder of Carolina Ground, and holds a Masters Degree in Creative Nonfiction. She sits on the board of Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, on the Advisory Committee to the Hospitality Program of AB-Tech Community College, and is Co-Chair of the Asheville Artisan Bread Festival. Jennifer's first book, Southern Ground: A Bakers Revolution will be published by Ten Speed Press in the spring of 2021. In her spare time, she hopes to be on her road bike, cycling with her husband Scott.

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Mosquito Supper Club: Cajun Recipes from a Disappearing Bayou Cover Image
ISBN: 9781579658472
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Artisan - April 21st, 2020

Cúrate: Authentic Spanish Food from an American Kitchen Cover Image
By Katie Button, Genevieve Ko, Evan Sung (Photographs by)
ISBN: 9781250059444
Availability: Not Currently On Our Shelves. Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Flatiron Books - October 11th, 2016