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					Ruby Slippers
    Cookbook

Life, Culture, Family and
   Food After Katrina



   By: Amy Cyrex Sins
                             No Place Like Home
There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home! That’s what I found myself thinking as I watched
the events of Hurricane Katrina unfold on August 29, 2005. With awe, I observed my flooded house during
the live television coverage on CNN. It was at that moment that I wanted to click my heels together and go
back home, the way it was when I left: comfortable, predictable and certain.

Despite the unexpected challenges thrown my way, I am picking up the pieces and trying to return home
and rebuild the city that I love. Many people in the Gulf Coast Region and the City of New Orleans are also
moving forward with their lives, though they will never be the same again.

As I look back on my many losses, I am most heartbroken by the ruin of my family recipes. There is no
amount of insurance that can ever replace them. They were all destroyed by the floodwaters sitting my
home for weeks. Many of these recipes were handwritten and handed down for generations. I will never
again be able to create my mother-in-law’s doberge cake or my aunt’s corn and crab soup.

In an effort to maintain my sanity over the nine months following Katrina, I self published an International
Award-Winning book: Ruby Slippers: Life, Culture, Family and Food After Katrina. The book is a unique
assortment of photography, stories of hope, support and return and family recipes passed down throughout
the years. The mix of life, culture, family and food in the pages of Ruby Slippers is quite refreshing.

Also included are menus for festive occasions, interesting history and the stories of people whose lives
were impacted by the storm. There are accounts from rescue workers, volunteers, residents and friends of
the region. The book truly captures the look of New Orleans after the flooding while maintaining a positive
outlook for a colorful future.

Many people throughout the United States are tired of hearing about Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans,
but there is a message that must not be lost. Such tragedy can happen anywhere, maybe not in the same
manner, but other unfortunate events are possible. The people of New Orleans need continued support and
reassurance of their safety and rebuilding opportunities.

I believe you will find the book interesting, heartbreaking, heartwarming and funny all at the same time.
It is available for order online at www.rubyslippersnola.com and at wonderful bookstores around the
country. The purchase of Ruby Slippers helps a great cause because a portion of the proceeds will be given
to the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. I am working tirelessly to share the message of coastal
restoration with the entire country.

Thanks for your support of our great city!

Sincerely,

Amy Cyrex Sins
Proud New Orleans Resident
Ruby Slippers Cookbook
cookbook@rubyslippersnola.com
504-616-4089
Hurricane Katrina's Delicious Aftermath in New Orleans Wins an International Award

Author Amy Cyrex Sins has recently been honored with an international cookbook award from Gourmand World
Cookbook Awards. Post-Katrina, award-winning cookbook from the Big Easy gets International attention; features
Cajun, Creole, and Louisiana home cooking; famous restaurant recipes; and stories of hope from those who love New
Orleans while helping charity in the process.

(PRWEB) June 19, 2007 -- Ruby Slippers Cookbook, Life, Culture, Family and Food After Katrina by New Orleans
author Amy Cyrex Sins has recently been named the recipient of a prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Award.

The media have called the "Gourmand World Cookbook Awards" the "Oscars" or the "Nobel" of the sector and Sins is
honored to be a part of such elite group of culinary professionals. The Gourmand judges reviewed thousands of
published cookbooks and chose Ruby Slippers Cookbook by Sins as a winner of the Special Award of the Jury
alongside books by Morgan Freeman and Oprah's Chef, Art Smith. Sins received her award during a recent ceremony
in Beijing China.

Lush in regional flavor, the 2006 Gourmand Award-Winning Ruby Slippers Cookbook is part recipe book, part
photojournal of New Orleans' watery afterlife. Along with recipes, lavish photography, and New Orleans historical
tidbits, Sins has written a personal history of surviving the mess left in Katrina's wake, including stories from others
who love all that is New Orleans.

After hurricane Katrina, many thought the ability to enjoy fine New Orleans style cooking might be gone forever.
Fortunately, the culinary experience tourists and locals alike expect from New Orleans and South Louisiana has been
captured in the elegant cookbook. Titled Ruby Slippers Cookbook: Life, Culture, Family and Food After Katrina, the
232-page coffee table style volume is available for sale, enabling food lovers the opportunity to enjoy fabulous New
Orleans and Louisiana Cajun and Creole style cuisine at home while also helping a good cause.

Amy Cyrex Sins wasn't close to Hurricane Katrina when it hit, but her beloved house was. Located just steps away
from the 17th Street Canal levee break that drained Lake Pontchartrain's waters into the city, the house where Cyrex
Sins and her husband lived was utterly destroyed.

Most heartbreaking for the young bride? The loss of her beloved hand-written recipe collection passed from family and
friends. Inspired to action after failures to recreate her mother-in-law's buttery, chocolate custard-filled doberge cake,
Cyrex Sins began compiling over 130 recipes from family, friends, neighbors, strangers, and favorite New Orleans
restaurants. What resulted was unwitting therapy for her in book form: the Ruby Slippers Cookbook: Life, Culture,
Family & Food After Katrina.

At once heartbreaking, mouthwatering, and uplifting, nowhere is the spirit of New Orleans more apparent than in Ruby
Slippers. A small step in preserving something all hold dear, Ruby Slippers is a loving homage to the life, food and
family that are uniquely New Orleans.

A portion of proceeds from the sales of the Ruby Slippers Cookbook benefits Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, a
nonprofit organization set up to preserve wetlands.

Ruby Slippers Cookbook, one of the prestigious 2006 Gourmand World Cookbook Award winners, is turning heads
nationally and internationally too! Press coverage includes the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, the Times-
Picayune, and Epicurious.com

About the Author:
International award winning author, Amy Cyrex Sins is a Loyola University of New Orleans graduate with a degree in
communications. She is a cooking enthusiast who spends every free moment in the kitchen creating wonderful meals
for friends and family. Amy was inspired to write her first cookbook after the events of Hurricane Katrina ravaged her
home and her city. The one thing she lost that was missed most of all was her collection of handwritten recipes passed
on from family and friends. Amy believes that her furniture and things are easily replaced, but handwritten recipes are
something that are cherished but now lost forever.

For more information:
Amy Cyrex Sins
cookbook@rubyslippersnola.com
www.rubyslippersnola.com
Ruby Slippers Cookbook: Life, Culture, Family and Food After Katrina

New Orleans, LA
June 25, 2006

After hurricane Katrina, many thought the ability to enjoy fine New Orleans style cooking
might be gone forever. Fortunately, the culinary experience tourists and locals alike
expect from New Orleans and South Louisiana has been captured in an elegant new
cookbook. Titled Ruby Slippers Cookbook: Life, Culture, Family and Food After Katrina,
the 232-page coffee table style volume is now available for sale online, enabling food
lovers the opportunity to enjoy fabulous New Orleans and Louisiana style cuisine at home
while also helping a good cause.

New Orleans resident and emerging author, Amy Cyrex Sins, is supporting the Coalition
to Restore Coastal Louisiana through her full size, four-color, hardbound cookbook.
Amy’s has included her personal journey after the floodwaters ravaged her home, as well
as, stories from people she has met along the way. Included throughout the book are
interesting facts about life in New Orleans.


While pairing both traditional and inventive menus with heartwarming stories from rescue
workers, residents and friends of the region, Amy creates a book truly capturing life in
New Orleans and South Louisiana both before and after Katrina.

Ruby Slippers not only offers over 140 family recipes from throughout Louisiana, but also
several recipes from 14 of New Orleans’ finest restaurants. The menus are sure to keep
readers busy entertaining family and friends with traditional New Orleans dishes and a
few new family favorites.

Amy’s book is filled with lavish photography, sure to evoke strong emotions, depicting
both devastated and untouched areas of the city. Readers will find the book
heartbreaking, heartwarming, uplifting all at the same time. The resilience and strength
of the people living in the New Orleans area is evident in the pages of Ruby Slippers.
Amy’s book is a small step in the right direction to preserve something all hold dear: life,
family, and food that are uniquely New Orleans.

A $35.00 retail value, Ruby Slippers Cookbook is now available for advance purchase
online, www.rubyslippersnola.com, and will be available in retail stores after August 15,
2006.

For more information:
Amy Cyrex Sins
cookbook@rubyslippersnola.com
www.rubyslippersnola.com

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
www.crcl.org
Ruby Slippers Cookbook: Life, Culture, Family and Food After Katrina

New Orleans, LA
July 9, 2006

Tate Tullier, a Louisiana native and Gallaudet University graduate shares his
photographic perspective on New Orleans after hurricane Katrina within a new book
titled, Ruby Slippers Cookbook: Life, Culture, Family and Food After Katrina. Through his
many photographs and his consulting talents, Tate truly helps capture the look of New
Orleans after the flooding engulfed the area in August 2005.

Author and Publisher, Amy Cyrex Sins says, “Through his photographs, Tate depicts the
dramatic difference between devastated areas of the city and those left untouched by the
Katrina aftermath.”

Inside the 232-page coffee table style volume are photographs of the French Quarter,
historic buildings and popular tourist destinations. These are all sharply contrasted with
destroyed neighborhoods, churches and flooded family recipes. Ruby Slippers Cookbook,
and the included photographic prints are now available for sale online.

Through this full size, four-color, hardbound cookbook, food lovers and photography
connoisseurs alike now have the opportunity to enjoy a taste of what New Orleans and
South Louisiana has to offer while helping a good cause. A portion of proceeds from the
sale of Ruby Slippers and its photography will go to The Coalition to Restore Coastal
Louisiana.

Ruby Slippers not only offers over 140 family recipes from throughout Louisiana, but also
several recipes from 14 of New Orleans’ finest restaurants and lavish photography on
almost every page. The menus are sure to keep readers busy entertaining family and
friends with traditional New Orleans dishes and a few new family favorites.

Readers will find the book heartbreaking, heartwarming, uplifting all at the same time.
The resilience and strength of the people living in the New Orleans area is evident in the
pages of Ruby Slippers. The book is a small step in the right direction to preserve
something all hold dear: life, family, and food that are uniquely New Orleans.

A $35.00 retail value, Ruby Slippers Cookbook is now available for advance purchase
online, www.rubyslippersnola.com, and will be available in retail stores after August 15,
2006. The photographs are also available for purchase online ranging from $8.00 to
$30.00.

For more information:

Amy Cyrex Sins                                   Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
Author/Publisher                                 www.crcl.org
cookbook@rubyslippersnola.com
www.rubyslippersnola.com

Tate Tullier
Photography Consultant
www.tatetullier.com
                                     Ruby Slippers Cookbook: An event to remember
August 26, 2006
New Orleans, LA

Believe! That was the theme for the night of August 24, 2006 at Arnaud’s Restaurant in the French Quarter of New Orleans where a
reception was held in honor of the many people who contributed their inspirational stories and photographs for the Ruby Slippers
Cookbook. Guests were encouraged to believe in the power of their story, and the possibilities for a wonderful future of New Orleans.

Local cookbook author Amy Cyrex Sins said, “I wanted to thank the many people who inspired me along this journey. Each person
who shared a story or photograph has touched my heart. This was a chance to do something special for them.”

The event included an opportunity for the various personalities in the book to meet each other for the first time. Some even brought
with them a copy of the book to have others sign. One guest said, “It is so wonderful to see Mrs. Joan and Mrs. Pauline meet for the
first time!” Even though it was many of their first meetings, the guests seemed as if they were all old friends.

Mark Davis, Executive Director of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, was also in attendance. He shared with the group the
importance of preserving our culture, our food and our wetlands. Mark reviewed the organization’s mission and goals. He also noted
how the stories behind the Ruby Slippers Cookbook would help the coalition’s message.

New Orleans cookbook author, Amy Cyrex Sins created an atmosphere of excitement and renewal around her new book, Ruby
Slippers Cookbook: Life, Culture, Family and Food after Katrina. Just as many New Orleans events, the Remoulade Sauce prevailed
over standard Cocktail Sauce, guests enjoyed each other’s company, jazz music filled the air and the Turtle Soup was the star of the
show.


The book titled Ruby Slippers Cookbook: Life, Culture, Family and Food After Katrina, the 232-page coffee table style volume is
now available for sale in local bookstores, enabling food lovers the opportunity to enjoy fabulous New Orleans and Louisiana style
cuisine at home while also helping a good cause.

Ruby Slippers not only offers over 140 family recipes from throughout Louisiana, but also several recipes from 14 of New Orleans’
finest restaurants. The menus are sure to keep readers busy entertaining family and friends with traditional New Orleans dishes and a
few new family favorites.

Amy’s book is filled with lavish photography, sure to evoke strong emotions, depicting both devastated and untouched areas of the
city. Readers will find the book heartbreaking, heartwarming, uplifting all at the same time. The resilience and strength of the people
living in the New Orleans area is evident in the pages of Ruby Slippers. Amy’s book is a small step in the right direction to preserve
something all hold dear: life, family, and food that are uniquely New Orleans.

A $35.00 retail value, Ruby Slippers Cookbook is now available for purchase online, www.rubyslippersnola.com. The book is also on
sale in large retail stores such as Borders Books, as well as, local neighborhood bookstores throughout New Orleans.


For more information:

Amy Cyrex Sins
Author/Publisher                                                         Tate Tullier
cookbook@rubyslippersnola.com                                            Photography Consultant
www.rubyslippersnola.com                                                 www.tatetullier.com


                                            Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
                                                         www.crcl.org
Amy Cyrex Sins-Author and Publisher
Amy Cyrex Sins graduated from Loyola University in 2000 with a degree in
Communications. Her early schooling included St. Theresa of Avila in Gonzales, LA and
St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge, LA.

She is a cooking enthusiast who spends every free moment in the kitchen cooking for
friends and family. Her specialty is entertaining and creating fun, festive and memorable
parties for every occasion. In Amy’s kitchen, she incorporates a unique blend of classic
local cuisine with cutting edge culinary trends to create food that everyone can
appreciate.

She enjoys the distinctive blend of culture, history, and cuisine in the daily lives of her
fellow New Orleanians and was inspired to write her first cookbook after the events of
Hurricane Katrina ravaged her home and city.

With the fleeting days, she becomes more nostalgic for the flavors of her childhood and
the stories of times past. After the flooding, she was most disappointed by the loss of her
collection of handwritten recipes passed on from family and friends. In an attempt to
salvage and recreate, Amy began this book project. She has met many interesting people
along the way and embraced their family favorites as her new ones.

Amy is hopeful about the future of New Orleans and is doing everything within her power
to bring the message of rebuilding to the nation. Her book is one small step in
preserving something we all hold dear: life, culture, family and food that are all uniquely
New Orleans.
                      Aaron Lynn Cyrex- Cover
                      Designer/Graphic Consultant
Aaron Lynn Cyrex received her degree from Southeastern Louisiana University. She is
also a graduate of a special program at Louisiana State University, where she earned
several program certifications in Web Design/Development and Computer Programming.
She is currently a graphic designer for Continental Kennel Club. She has a love for Cajun
and Creole dishes. Aaron is not inspired to cook much; but she can certainly be
convinced to eat!

She calls New Orleans her second home since it is where most of her extended family
lives. Aaron is drawn to New Orleans because of its rich history, culture and food. In
the wake of Hurricane Katrina, she felt a part of her was gone. When she heard the
news of the flooding that devastated the area, she like many others, wanted to do
something to help the citizens recover from this tragedy.

Aaron’s sister, Amy, has inspired and motivated her to design on this project and to help
the people of New Orleans rebound stronger than ever. She wants the city to show the
world how unique it is. She knows in her heart the spirit is strong and the city’s inner
soul will shine during the recovery and rebuilding. New Orleans will be back and there is
definitely no place like home…
         Tate J. Tullier- Photography Consultant
Tate J. Tullier is a graduate of Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. He has a
bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and a concentration in Photography. After far too long
away from home, he is now back in Ascension Parish with his wife. He is currently
working as a freelance photographer.

Tate’s passion has always been photography. He focuses on glamour and quality in all of
his work. He travels the world to photograph interesting people, places, things and
events. His projects have a je ne sais quoi that keeps his fans returning to see the new
subjects his eyes capture.

He enjoys hosting parties for no reason, other than providing fun. Tate also enjoys
watching movies, collecting magazines, and traveling. New Orleans is one of his favorite
places to visit. He can sometimes be found on Bourbon Street partying with friends and
enjoying the all of the fun the city has to offer.

While away from home, Tate really began to miss the fantastic food and lifestyle of
Louisiana. He regularly asked his parents to mail him local products and seasonings in
an unsuccessful attempt to make the East Coast feel like home.

Sadly, Tate doesn’t know how to cook very well. In the past, he has only attempted the
simplest and most bland dishes on his own. Now that he is back home and attempting to
be a wonderful husband, he had decided to improve his skills. Tate is planning to use the
recipes gathered for the book to master the art of Louisiana cooking.

Tate is definitely crazy for spicy foods, spicy foods, and spicy foods. This cookbook is
giving him the opportunity to make sure that his food intake is as delicious as possible. It
is also giving him an opportunity to help rebuild one of his favorite cities– New Orleans.
Recent Press:

http://www.epicurious.com/features/news/dailydish/082906

http://wunc.org/thestory

http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB115618764620541281-
lMyQjAxMDE2NTI2NjEyODY3Wj.html

http://www.nola.com/food/t-p/index.ssf?/base/living-
1/115458774553330.xml&coll=1

http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/9838/photography_hurrican_katrina/

http://www.mcalesternews.com/local/local_story_237110633.html

http://www.theadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060903/LIFES
TYLE/609030321/1024

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06240/716986-84.stm

http://www.ascensioncitizen.com/articles/2006/08/16/news/news09.txt

http://www.sjabr.org/news/newsdetail.cfm?id=1105

http://www.chinmusicpress.com/books/doyouknow/voices/

http://www.2theadvocate.com/2unein/?date=08%2F18%2F2006

http://www.wafb.com/Global/story.asp?S=3732948&nav=menu57_6

				
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