Gulf Coast Field Guide

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From the bustle of 30A to remote beaches and forgotten fishing communities, Wildsam Gulf Coast details the pursuit of seafood—how to catch it and where and how to eat it—along this complex, beautiful region. Layered with stories from the people who live alongside these waters, this guide is an exploration of the natural and cultural richness of America’s third coast through Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. 


  • Ten iconic fishing destinations from Grand Isle to Homasassa

  • Top eat & drink recs for oysters, beach bars, fish camps and barbecue

  • Our five-day road trip itinerary for a non-touristy Florida coast odyssey

  • Historic musings on James Audubon, alligators, citrus fruit, pirates, Tabasco sauce and Vietnamese fishing communities

  • A dedicated section to Gulf Coast seafood: its history, foundations, fishing guides and gear directory, and iconic dishes

  • The best seafood spots in the region

  • Insights and travel intel from chefs, fishing captains, oyster farmers, cigar makers, seamstresses, photographers and historians

  • Fresh new writing from former Tasting Table editor in chief Scott Hocker and award-winning author Ladee Hubbard

  • Gulf Coast essays and poetry from author Joy Williams and former Poet Laureate Natasha Tretheway