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Who's Your Mama, Are You Catholic, and Can You Make A Roux? (Book 1): A Cajun / Creole Family Album Cookbook Hardcover – Unabridged, January 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Acadian House Publishing; 4th edition (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0925417556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0925417558
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

MARCELLE BIENVENU is a cookbook author and food writer who has been preparing Cajun and Creole dishes since the 1960s. A native of St. Martinville, Louisiana, in the heart of the Cajun country, she has written a weekly food column, Creole Cooking, for The Times Picayune of New Orleans since 1984. She s worked as a researcher and consultant for Time-Life Books, contributing to a series of books titled Foods of the World. She s been featured in Food & Wine, Southern Living, Redbook, The New York Times, Louisiana Life and Acadiana Profile. She is the author of three books: Who s Your Mama, Are You Catholic and Can You Make a Roux?, Who s Your Mama... (The Sequel), and Cajun Cooking for Beginners. She co-authored several cookbooks with renowned chef Emeril Lagasse, including Louisiana: Real & Rustic, Emeril s Creole Christmas, Emeril s TV Dinners and Every Day s A Party. She also co-authored Eula Mae s Cajun Kitchen with Eula Mae Dore longtime cook for the McIlhenny family on Avery Island, and Stir the Pot: The History of Cajun Cuisine, with Carl A. Brasseaux and Ryan A. Brasseaux. Ms. Bienvenu edited the 1987 edition of The Times Picayune s Creole Cookbook, originally published in 1901 and re-issued to celebrate the newspaper s 150th anniversary. She owned and operated a restaurant, Chez Marcelle, near Lafayette, La., in the early 1980s, and has worked for several restaurants, including Commander s Palace and K-Paul s Louisiana Kitchen in New Orleans. A graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana, she lives on Bayou Teche in St. Martinville, La., with her husband, Rock Lasserre.

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Loved the stories and the recipes are fantastic!
Denise Dorgan
As the subtitle states so clearly, this is "a Cajun/Creole Family Album Cookbook."
Jennifer Spinner
This is one cook book that belongs on every shelf.
Margie Read

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70 of 70 people found the following review helpful By M on June 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I'm a displaced cajun from Lafayette, Louisiana . . . this book is 100% authentic, from the recipies to the stories she tells. Reading it is just like being back there. I received this as a gift from another cajun, and I've given it as a gift many times. I haven't made a single recipe from this book that came out bad, quite the opposite actually, everything is as good as my Mamam makes or better . . . it's such an unfair advantage at potlucks, these yankees don't stand a chance! : )
If you're considering buying it, just do it. You'll be so happy you did. Don't forget when you make your roux: it takes a long time (30min+) of constant stirring. I usually pull up a chair to the stove and grab a newspaper or turn on a movie. Flat wooden spatula-type stirrers are my personal favorite, as you can scrape the bottom really well. After years of making cajun food my favorite pots are Le Creusets. I don't own stock in them or anything, they are just the next best thing to traditional cast iron pots. Also, when you're ready to add your onions, bell pepper, and celery to the roux, unless you have a state-of-the-art venting system, I recommend going outside. The smell is potent and may linger in your kitchen for much longer than you'd like.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By D. Fisher on June 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book after one of many visits to Lafayette, heart of Cajun Country. Friends there raved about her recipes: easy-to-make, delicious and the real thing. The little asides about her family and Cajun traditions are worth the price of the book alone. Her Red Beans & Rice, Sausage Biscuits, Jambalaya and Etouffe are all fantastic.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By J. Ingram on December 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Some cajun recipes take lots of ingredients and many steps in preparation. This book feature "country" cajun recipes, simple to make and oh, sooo good. The stories about the cajun area and their people and traditions makes for a very interesting read...a free bonus. If you like cajun food, this is a MUST HAVE book. Thanks
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ernestine B. Martinez on January 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book captures the essence of what it means to have a Gulf Coast heritage. Like most guys from near New Orleans, my husband is a great cook and taught to be that way by his mother. This book was one of his all-time favorites. We lost our copy during Katrina and, of course, had to have another. The recipes are real and traditional and there is much good reading about the culture as well.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D. Scully on September 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I'm pure Louisiana. This cookbook has authentic cajun/french recipies. The stories are delightful and has brought back many memories of my own family gatherings. The phrase we've heard all of our lives, you have used for a title. How clever. I bought books for both of my daughters to help keep up the Louisiana way of cooking and our wonderful Southern traditions. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys great food.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Shalala on October 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Didn't really know about this cookbook, but loved the title. My mother was an amazing cook. Her Houma Indian ancestry prepared her for some of the best eatin' anywhere. I bought this cookbook because I wanted to expand my own repetoire of recipes. Easy to follow, replicate, and cook. I truly enjoyed the vignettes and feel that every cookbook should include the story behind the meal. I gave one for a birthday present to someone from South Louisiana and she loved it. Plus I kept one for myself. You don't have to be from above the Mason Dixon line to either buy it, use it, or cook from it. Highly recommend it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Spinner VINE VOICE on March 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I grew up in New Orleans, not Acadiana, BUT so much of the author's experience hit me right in the heart.

If you are looking for a Cajun cooking "how-to," this is NOT the book for you. As the subtitle states so clearly, this is "a Cajun/Creole Family Album Cookbook." Marcelle Bienvenu tells a wonderful tale of her life in southern Louisiana and shares plenty of family photos to bring the people to life. Woven into this narrative are many wonderful recipes - some Cajun, some Creole, some just the stuff her family liked to cook - and it's a perfect example of how food is such an important part of life in southern Louisiana.

This is a great book and I look forward to buying volume 2. If you're looking for a book heavier on the recipes and how-to, I suggest the book "Chef Paul Prudhomme's Louisiana Kitchen." I've seen some snarky comments (on another review of Marcelle's book) about Chef Paul's food being "cooked in New Orleans and eaten by candlelight," but I assure you that Mr. Prudhomme's recipes are delicious and authentic. I was raised on his food (my mom worked for him) and his recipes, cooked by my father and served at our table, not a candle in sight! For me, Chef Paul's recipes (for etouffe', gumbo and so many other things) are the stuff of my childhood.

That said, buy this book for what it is - a heartfelt remembrance of a beautiful life, filled with family, faith and fantastic food. Marcelle Bienvenu's book is a gem and it's something I will go back to again and again. Highly recommended, especially for fellow displaced Louisiana natives!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By S. Stephenson on February 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Who's the yankee looking for "Cajun Haute Cuisine"???? Do you understand the cajun way of life? or even what a cajun is???? It may pain you to put evaporated milk and american "cheese" in baked macaroni, but I bet you will never have tasted anything better!
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