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“Southeast Louisiana Food: A Seasoned Tradition” – A Book Giveaway!

It is with great pleasure that I announce that today our new book “Southeast Louisiana Food: A Seasoned Tradition” is officially released. To celebrate, I’m giving away a copy right here on Culicurious! I’ve not said a whole lot about it on this blog, but yes, I did in fact write a book with my husband Jeremy over the last year that chronicles and captures Southeast Louisiana foodways and history. No, this is NOT a cookbook, but it does include ten classic Cajun recipes from my mother’s side of the family. To say I’m on Cloud #9 over this would be putting it mildly!

Southeast Louisiana Food: A Seasoned Tradition

Our book was published by The History Press as part of their American Palate series. It clocks in at a hefty 240 pages, and it’s a pretty fascinating read overall (I’ve read it through at least four times already so I know from experience). 😉 The book is also packed with nearly 100 black and white photos sprinkled throughout the text along with a color insert of another 28 photos. Our friend Frederick even did a few drawings for us – one of which you see below: an oyster lugger (boat). One could spend hours just leafing through the pages and reading all the captions on the photos. My brother did this with our editor’s proof copy. I had to nearly wrestle it back from him!

Southeast Louisiana Food: A Seasoned Tradition

To give you an overview of what you can expect in this book, let’s start with the book’s structure and contents. Overall this book focuses on Southeast Louisiana, which is an area we define as Vermilion Bay eastward to the Gulf and the Mississippi River southward to the Gulf. My own hometown of Golden Meadow falls in this region so I’m writing about my homeland. However, our book doesn’t include New Orleans because New Orleans is its own separate and distinct food region.

The book is broken up into two main sections. The first recalls and summarizes the past and paves the way for the second part: the present and beyond. In the first part of the book, we take a glimpse into the past and explore the food, culture, people (mainly Cajuns), region, and the building blocks of modern culture, the fisheries industries, and foodways. Next we move into modern times. We look at how those people, the culture, and the industries have fared in present day, and we look ahead at the future to see in which direction these things appear to be headed.

Southeast Louisiana Food: A Seasoned Tradition

Truly, as you may have guessed, this book is a labor of love for my husband Jeremy and me. We poured our hearts and souls into it, and we’re so pleased with the end result. I’m thrilled to be able to offer a copy to one of my dear readers here on Culicurious. The support and encouragement that you’ve all shown me over the last few years has been greatly appreciated. It’s now finally my turn to give something back to you directly. Not from another company but a personal book copy from my own stash of books.

Southeast Louisiana Food: A Seasoned Tradition

To enter, see the Rafflecopter widget below. I’ve given you many ways to enter and numerous chances to win. This contest will stay live until next Tuesday October 14th at 12:00am CST. The contest is only open to people with mainland US shipping addresses. We are accepting entries from people ages 15 and above so please encourage any high school aged history buffs that you might know to enter our contest as well!

Southeast Louisiana Food: A Seasoned Tradition

Also, if you’d like to just outright buy a copy of the book, you can buy it here on our highly secure Square Marketplace. You can also find it on the publisher’s website and on Amazon. Actually, it’s at all the major online book retailers and in stores regionally here in Southeast Louisiana. However, if you buy, please consider buying from us directly on our Square Marketplace. This is how your sale can have the biggest impact on us personally. We appreciate it!

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