Magic in the Pot:
Louisiana Food Traditions

by Patricia B. Mitchell

Magic in the Pot by Patricia B. Mitchell

Magic in the Pot: Louisiana Food Traditions — Creole and Cajun; City, Bayou, and Plantation. An overview of Louisiana's historic foodways, especially as related to French-influenced Creole “city cooking” and Cajun “country cooking.” Published 2014. 27 illustrative recipes, 46 research notes, 36 pages. 5.5 x 8.5 inches. Soft cover, saddle-stitched. ISBN-10: 1-929384-21-1. ISBN-13: 978-1-929384-21-1.

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About the Book

Magic in the Pot looks at Louisiana's famed cookery, generally known as “Creole” and “Cajun,” the result of French, Spanish, African, West Indian, Italian, Irish, German, and Native American influences. The book presents descriptions, historical anecdotes, 27 recipes to please body and soul, and endnotes.

Magic in the Pot incorporates portions of Patricia Mitchell's earlier books (now out of print) My Heart's in Louisiana But My Supermarket Isn't (1991, 1996); Hit the Road, Jacques! (1992, 1995); and An Affair of the Heart: America's Romance with Louisiana Food (1999).

While living in Louisiana during the 1970's, Patricia Mitchell ate, studied, and cooked Creole and Cajun foods. She wrote articles about New Orleans restaurants for the Community Standard magazine, and one summer she and her husband Henry operated a small French Quarter restaurant. During her years in New Orleans she began writing her first cookbook, forerunner to her now-extensive booklists. This volume reflects her love of, and knowledge of, Louisiana and its foodways, and the overall joy of eating.

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