Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Gumbo is a Louisiana soup or stew, which reflects and blends the rich cuisine of regional Indian, French, Spanish, and African cultures. The word "gumbo" is derived from various Bantu dialects (Southern & Central Africa) terms for okra (i.e. quin gumbo, grugombo, gumbo, gombo, ngombo and first appeared in print in 1805 (The word GUMBO is one of very few African language words brought over by slaves which have entered the English language. Some of the others are goober or goober pea (peanut) also of Bantu dialect origin, Yam from West Africa and cooter (turtle) of Bantu and Mandingo origin. Gumbo has been called the greatest contribution of Louisiana kitchens to American cuisine. Gumbo is one of foods that led to the development of African American cuisine. If you have any question or clarification or maybe your family has a recipe you would like me to add, I would love comments this will help me create a place were you would enjoy returning to.

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