|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
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
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.