‘Five Seasons’ cookbook set for release early next year

Two local food lovers plan to spotlight seasonal ingredients and their versatility with a new cookbook in the works. Erin Nugent and Lauren Beth Slowik plan to release Five Seasons next spring. The book will feature 100-150 recipes catered to the four seasons of the year. The “fifth season” will focus on recipes that are good year-round, as well as those that are good for entertaining.

While those interested in the cookbook will have to wait to get their hands on a copy, the duo has just launched a blog at Five Seasons’ website, which focuses on one ingredient each month. The blog will feature recipes as well as how readers can use ingredients in home décor or art projects.

The duo met while attending LSU and remained friends. Slowik, co-founder of Country Table Delivery, and Nugent say they have been inspired to start cooking exclusively with whatever ingredients are in season.

“We like paying homage to the natural beauty of the ingredient and using the actual ingredient,” Nugent says. “There are so many different ways this fresh produce can be enjoyed.”

While Nugent’s cooking style is more eclectic, encompassing Thai and Latin influences, Slowik says her style is contemporary Creole.

“We both are always exploring the different ways to prepare a dish, as well as the flavors and combinations that go with the produce,” Nugent says.

For more information, visit fiveseasonscooking.com.