Given their obvious professional interests, the food journalists who visited New Orleans last year for the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) conference must have had a heck of a time balancing the desire to check out local restaurants with the official schedule of seminars.
But during it all, a group of them still made time to collaborate on a project to create a lasting -- and charitable -- document of their time here. This collection of writers, photographers and food stylists collaborated on a book called "Room in the Bowl," which explores gumbo in literal and symbolic ways. The 132-page book is filled with the contributors' ruminations on and photos of the ingredients and experiences associated with gumbo.
Published by the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, the book is available exclusively through the museum's store or its Web site.
Contributors donated their work for the project, and proceeds from book sales benefit the museum and The Culinary Trust, the philanthropic partner of the IACP.
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum hosts a book release party and signing on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m., featuring several of the contributors and plenty of gumbo.