A family legacy
The O'Keefe family has lived on the Gulf Coast since the mid-19th century, refining and passing down recipes and tips from generation to generation.
In 1994, Rose Annette O'Keefe, matriarch to 13 children, published "Cooking on the Coast," a cookbook that ranges from Creole dishes such as gumbo and jambalya to Deep South mainstays such as fried green tomatoes and pickled okra. For "depth of flavor," she included family pictures, reminisces and ancedotes.
The updated and revised version of the cookbook, released in 2016, refreshes the folksy original with additions such as fish tacos, salsas and chipolte-lime cornish hens. All sales proceeds go to benefit Coast arts, culture and children's programs via The O'Keefe Family Foundation.
"... like sitting at a friend's kitchen table, sharing a love of family and swapping recipes."
Andrea Yeager, managing editor and food editor of The Sun Herald
On Sale Now
Pages: 238 Size: 6"x9" BW Interior; Comb spine.
Recipes: 278 Images: 86
Publisher: Wimmer Cookbooks, an R.R. Donnelley Co: wimmerco.com
"The O'Keefes are into f-l-a-v-o-r."
Kat Bergeron, The Sun Herald
Things We Love About the Gulf Coast
A 150-year history of the Coast, viewed through the lens of the O'Keefe family and its funeral business.
A beachfront museum combining contemporary art exhibits, the world renowned pottery of George Ohr and archictecture of Frank Gehry.
A gem of a museum, featuring the works of a brilliant water-colorist, muralist, writer and naturalist.
A fall festival in downtown Ocean Springs featuring arts, food, music, crafts and more.
The "Mary C." O'Keefe Cultural Center provides a full calendar of arts and crafts classes and exhibits year round.
Seafood is the centerpiece of Coast cuisine, but the diverse population here serves up everything from BBQ to Slavic specialties to Vietnamese dishes.
From jet skis along the Coast to the peaceful, well-preserved beaches of Ship Island and Horn Island, the Coast offers something for everyone.