The classic collection of Louisiana Creole food and New Orleans cookery
Includes more than 800 timeless Creole recipes, originally published in 1901 and faithfully reproduced from the original text, with updates for today's cooks in the margins.
Illustrated with beautiful period and period-inspired photographs and drawings in 629 splendid pages.
"The Picayune's Creole Cookbook was compiled at the turn of the century to preserve for posterity the secrets of Creole cookery and to insure a Creole heritage for future generations."
As the old Creole cooks were passing on at the end of the 1800s, The Picayune newspaper published the definitive collection of Creole recipes, passed down from generation to generation, and since referred to by Creole chefs at home and in the finest restaurants in New Orleans. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the newspaper engaged noted food writer and chef Marcelle Bienvenu, photographer/designer Wendi Schneider, and project director Linda Dennery to recreate The Picayune's Creole Cook Book. Published as the Sesquicentennial Edition in 1987, Random House re-published this edition with a new jacket shortly thereafter.
"Marcelle and her dedicated staff sifted through more than a thousand recipes, with an eye toward Creole classics and enduring favorites, especially those that captured the flavor of times gone by. After testing and tasting, researching and retesting, they selected the 800-plus recipes that appear in this volume, from Creole coffee to custards, Jambalaya to Red Beans and Rice, making careful notes of modern measurements and methods, substitutes and suggestions. For ease of use and to preserve the charm of the original text, these updates appear in the margins, and the result is an entertaining and practical volume that is as gratifying to read as it is to cook from. An added pleasure are the photographs and drawings that grace its pages."
Wendi uncovered timeless images, hidden for generations, in the archives of The Times-Picayune. She worked with Nancy Barrett, then photography curator at the New Orleans Museum of Art, to find additional images from the Museum’s collection to illustrate the period, including work of Joseph "Pops" Whitesell, Arnold Genthe and Morgan Whitney. She then headed to the Newcomb Pottery Collection, where she found just the right pieces of the renown Arts & Crafts pottery of the period to be drawn by artist Beverly Morris, who also assisted with copywriting and production. Wendi relished digging through New Orleans’ antique shops to find the charming props for the black and white chapter heading photographs, which she then retouched with a fine brush. Her efforts were awarded a Certificate of Merit by The New York Art Director's Club.
Several editions of the book were published in the 1900s with the text rewritten to reflect the taste of the era. We chose to preserve the text of the definitive second edition published in 1901, which was an expansion of the first edition. Later editions were published in 1906, 1916, 1922, 1928, 1936, 1938, 1942, 1945, 1947, 1954, 1966 and 1971. The Sesquicentennial Edition was published in 1987, the Random House edition, 1989.