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Five Stars and No Kiddin' Around!
Pirate's Pantry, a cookbook
Lake Charles (LA) JuniorLeague

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This is the stuff. These recipes, favourites of the ladies who submitted tham, have often been handed down from mother to daughter for generations.

These are the Good Recipes.

((In fact, it's a Good Rule of Thumb to assume that if there is a Junior League cookbook devoted to a given type of cooking, that that's a good place to look  first, before you search further afield for Good Recipes))

It's all here -- recipes developed from every part of the melange of cultures that makes Louisiana so thoroughly unique. And all of them excellent.

I wore out one copy, and lost my second in a move years ago -- i've been searching for a new one, and just thought to look on Amazon.

In my opinion, this cook book belongs in every kitchen -- right next to a copy of the (real) Joy of Cooking.

In Terry Pratchett's wonderful fantasy novel, Witches Abroad, Nanny Ogg, one of three witches who have travelled to their world's equivalent of New Orleans, tastes a jambalaya a voodoo woman has cooked up. Up till then, we are told, she had believed herself an excellent cook. But, tasting this, she realises that all she's been doing is "...not starving as pleasantly as possible."

Well, and i'll say it here in the Real World -- until you discover the delights of the Louisiana cuisine, all you're doing is not starving as pleasantly as possible.

And this book is an excellent place to start.