Jason Santos will tell you he is “not a writer.” It’s an ironic sentiment for a newly-minted cookbook author, but the executive chef and owner of Abby Lane, Buttermilk & Bourbon, and Citrus & Salt said he “never really wanted” to write one.
“It was more like I felt like I needed to have a cookbook,” Santos elaborated. “I’d had some opportunities in the past; I just wasn’t ready.”
A book based off of his passion project, however, felt right. “Buttermilk & Bourbon: New Orleans Recipes with a Modern Flair” debuted on March 26. The 192-page project shares a name with his Southern-inspired restaurant on Commonwealth Avenue, an idea that originated when his wife took him to New Orleans for the first time four or five years ago.
“We went and we ate and ate and ate and ate. I literally fell in love with the city,” Santos remembered. “I just loved everything, from the food to the hospitality.”
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