The whole country continues to grieve for the people of the Gulf Coast and all their losses, big and small, as a result of Hurricane Katrina last summer. Blog of Bookslut has a post (you'll need to scroll down to find it) linking to this Washington Post article about the loss of cookbooks and how New Orleans survivors are clamoring to buy, not the trendy celebrity chef or spa cookbooks, but the tried and true: The Joy of Cooking, The Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook, and several intriguing-sounding Junior League volumes.
The Post article details the requests to New Orleans newspapers for favorite lost recipes published years ago--items like Island Rum Sweet Potatoes and Aunt May's Eggplant Fritters. No doubt there are more massive concerns for residents of the devastated areas than regaining favorite recipes. But an old favorite meal could provide such comfort in these difficult times. Don't you wish you had a copy of the recipe for Aunt May's Eggplant Fritters just to be able to share it with the heartbroken family who lost it?