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Lucy Buffett to be at LuLu’s for meet and greet

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Lucy Buffett, sister to Jimmy and the owner of LuLu’s destination restaurants in Destin and Gulf Shores, has released her newest cookbook, "GUMBO LOVE…Recipes for Gulf Coast Cooking, Entertaining and Savoring the Good Life." LuLu’s in Destin will host a cookbook signing Meet & Greet party with Lucy Buffett personally autographing "GUMBO LOVE" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20.

It’s a delicious love letter to the Gulf Coast’s vibrant food culture. "GUMBO LOVE" is the definitive guide to this regional fare, interwoven with her philosophy of relaxation, freedom, gratitude, enjoyment, and, of course, seaside whimsy. Sharing over 100 new recipes mixed with old classics, readers will find recipes 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” and “everything I’ve ever learned about dealing with life became crystallized for me in the kitchen.” Readers will also learn how Lucy navigates the kitchen and the business, and about her childhood stories of growing up in Mobile, Alabama.

“With great excitement, I am pleased to announce this release of my long-awaited second book, 'GUMBO LOVE,' " Buffett said. "It truly took the village of LuLu’s to get this book finished! 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 the successful restaurateur of two LuLu’s locations, where she serves over 1 million guests a year. A third location will open in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in the spring of 2018.

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