Louisiana Eats!

Louisiana Eats!

The People, the Food, and Their Stories

By Poppy Tooker; David G. Spielman (Photographer)

Pelican Publishing Company, Hardcover, 9781455618767, 136pp.

Publication Date: August 2013



A native New Orleanian, Poppy Tooker is passionate about food and the people who make it. She hosts the popular weekly radio show "Louisiana Eats , " from which this book originates. From the transcripts of fifteen one-on-one interviews featuring specialists of iconic Louisiana foods, Tooker introduces the reader to the stories behind the everyday foods that make culinary history. Consider, for instance, the astonishing red bean, cooked fresh instead of dried and grown from the Camellia red bean with its own USDA standard. Red-bean lore goes one step further: the family who created Camellia Brand(R) Beans is the source of the signature Zulu coconut throw. Fascinating stories on traditional foods and the people who preserve them for future generations grace the pages of this delightful book peppered with Tooker's signature joie de vivre. Each intriguing essay features recipes that showcase these culinary treasures and a photo of the personalities behind the engaging anecdotes.

About the Author
Poppy Tooker is passionate about food and the people who make it. She hosts the popular weekly radio show "Louisiana Eats!" Her classical training and love of New Orleans cuisine has been recognized globally through her participation in various documentary projects, and she competed on "Throwdown with Bobby Flay, " where her seafood gumbo was deemed better than his. The International Association of Cooking Professionals recognized Tooker with their first Community Service Award, and "Southern Living" magazine named her a Hero of the New South. A writer for many publications, Tooker informs readers on the importance of reviving foods that are pivotal to the Louisiana and New Orleans culture. Her previous book "Louisiana Eats!: The People, the Food, and Their Stories, " a companion to her radio show, received the Literary Award of the Year in 2014 from the Louisiana Library Association. Tooker lives and cooks in New Orleans.