In her unpretentious, home-grown guide to gumbos and soups, Kit Wohl celebrates the free-wheeling and fanciful culinary legacy of a celebrated and storied regional American cuisine. Prolific artist and author, Ms. Wohl makes a charming escort through the home and restaurant kitchens of New Orleans. With help from some of the city’s most renowned chefs, as well as contributions of precious family recipes from private kitchens, Wohl presents the mystery and tradition of backwater cooking with unpretentious familiarity. The variously exotic, rustic, and hearty flavors of no-nonsense gumbos and soups take center stage in this edition of her New Orleans Classics series. Recipes suffused with Spanish, French, Cajun, and Creole influence will inspire any cook to engage in the cultural mélange of Louisiana cuisine with equal parts curiosity and confidence.