Cotton’s Seafood cookbook memories

Cotton’s Seafood cookbook memories

James LaBove knows crabbing. He’s author of “Cotton’s Seafood,” about his family and gathering seafood in Sabine Pass.

Sabine Pass is a small, coastal community where people have made their living from the Gulf of Mexico. Jim LaBove has compiled “Cotton’s Seafood,” a lovingly-written Cajun autobiographical cookbook that he also illustrated with drawings of egret, shrimp, crab and other natural habitat.

GET YOUR COPY AT Cajun Heritage Fest, April 8, in Port Arthur!


LaBove  grew up a few decades back waking early with his dad to collect oysters or whatever else the waters would bring. People came from far away to purchase Cotton’s fresh seafood. LaBove shares vivid stories of the hard work it takes to get platters of delicious seafood from under the water to tabletop spreads. His mother, Cora, took care of most of it by the time it got to the kitchen, and young LaBove was glad to help there as “chief assistant.”

This book also reflects the area’s Cajun background with some Cajun and French terms, such as:

C’est si bon – French, pronounced SAYE SI BONH, meaning, “Oh so good.”

Da – Cajun slang, pronounced DA, meaning “the.”

Up da bayou – Cajun slang, meaning “north,” or “go north.”

Look for recipes such as Cotton’s Oyster Stew, French Bread, Fried Fish and Mama’s Beignets in the book, available by visiting

When you visit Port Arthur, enjoy Sabine Pass area sites including Sabine Pass Battleground, a State Historic Site; Sabine Woods for birding and Sea Rim State Park, a natural beach with a marsh unit and paddle trails.

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