If you're going to make one this is the one to make.
I have not made this gumbo recipe. But it is similar to the recipe I've made for years that is a family favorite. I'm guessing the reason for the lower ratings are (1) inferior creole seasoning, and (2) roux too light. You need to get the roux as dark as you can but not burnt for the best flavor and a gourmet not a grocery store creole seasoning. I make my own seasoning using an Emeril Lagasse recipe I found online. I also use chicken thighs which have more flavor than breasts and about twice the amount of vegetables listed in the recipe.
I have made this recipe for years and it is the best gumbo I have ever had, hands down! Not sure why there are low ratings. Just make sure to use the HOT smoked sausage and add enough Tabasco!
I had to tweak the recipe a bit because it was quite bland and needed more seasoning, otherwise it was an okay recipe!
I just made this and it was the most bland thing I've ever tasted. I will have to add a ton of seasonings to make it edible.