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The Essential Louisiana Cookbook

A stunning collection of 50 traditional (and some non-traditional) Louisiana recipes. An absolute must have for your kitchen or a perfect gift for a Louisiana food lover.



Louisiana is one of the few places in America having retained its distinct culinary identity. Cajun and Creole mix with French, Spanish, African, Native American, Caribbean and German cultures, among others, to create a tasty gumbo, simmered in a flavorful roux of history and finished off with a healthy douse of political hot sauce — pick your favorite brand. Author Stanley Dry — Louisiana Life “Kitchen Gourmet” columnist, former senior editor of Food & Wine magazine and accomplished cook — brings all of the history, culture and spice together in his first book, 

The Essential Louisiana Cookbook, a Louisiana Life product by Renaissance Publishing. From classics, such as red beans and rice and a variety of delectable gumbos, to modern creations sure to become weeknight traditions, this collection of recipes is sure to become a go-to for native Louisianans and those new to the state’s rich culinary landscape.




 Stanley Dry writes the “Kitchen Gourmet” column for Louisiana Life  magazine. Formerly senior editor of Food & Wine magazine, he is co-author  of Gulf South, published by Compass American Guides. His articles on  food, cooking, wine, restaurants and travel have appeared in Food & Wine,  Travel & Leisure, The New York Times and Acadiana Profile, among others.  He lives in New Iberia.






Eugenia Uhl, photographer, is a native New Orleanian. Her photographs have been featured in New Orleans Magazine, Southern Accents, Metropolitan Home, GQ Magazine, Essence, Travel & Leisure and Vegetarian Times. Her clients include Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group, International House Hotel, Volunteers of America, Galatoire’s and Tulane University. She has completed multiple cookbooks, including Commander’s Kitchen for Commander’s Palace and New Orleans Home Cooking by Dale Curry, Pelican Publishing. 





Or at these locations:

Langensteins - Metairie

Langenstein's - Uptown 

Pralines by Jean - Uptown

A Tisk a tasket - French Quarter

Peaches Records - French Quarter

Folse Pharmacy - Westbank

Majoria - Marrero

Carr Drugs - Westbank

Gordon's of Metairie

Lakeside News 

Octavia Books 

Maple Street Books

Old Town Pralines 

Royal Mail - Metairie

Gordons of Kenner

Roux Royale – French Quarter

Garden District Books – Uptown



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