- Hardcover: 852 pages
- Publisher: Chef John Folse & Company Publishing (December 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0970445717
- ISBN-13: 978-0970445711
- Product Dimensions: 2 x 10.5 x 12.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Encyclopedia of Cajun & Creole Cuisine Hardcover – December, 2004
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is a salve for my longing for home. It is the most beautiful cookbook I've ever seen. But its so much more than a cookbook -- it's a cultural catalog of south Louisiana history, food and life. Whenever I'm really missing home, I pop in a Harry Connick Jr. CD, browse this tome for a good recipe and cook up something from home while sipping a glass of wine. As the Visa commercial goes...."priceless!" Buy this book!!!
I also bought the book for my Dad who lost all his cookbooks in Katrina -- this is the only book that could come close to replacing a collection of Louisiana cookbooks.
What I thoroughly enjoyed was the brief explanation of the difference between Cajun and Creole cuisines. It was only a couple of paragraphs, but I appreciated the plain English. (It's the little things that make me happy.)
The recipes, as expected, are voluminous and accommodate a range of skill sets. Each recipe has a short comment. I would've liked a little more information about the origin of the particular recipe, but I'm greedy like that. (For instance, are these Folse's recipes or a particular family's recipe, etc.) The recipes are organized into the following chapters:
-Roux, Stocks & Sauces
-Breakfast & Lunch
-Appetizers & Hors d'Oeurves
-Holiday & Special Occasion Menus
Now here is why four instead of five stars: this is a definitive text (which should have earned a James Beard award), but the photography leaves a lot to be desired. There is a ton of it, but it is poorly lit. It and the graphic design of the book give the entire thing an `80s feel. This was first published in 2004! Although this is a classic reference on Southeastern Louisiana cuisine, the photography makes it feel slightly less than polished.Read more ›
Well researched from front to back...I recommend it to everyone!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An absolute must have for any lover of Louisiana history and cuisine!Published 2 months ago by S. Carrier
I gave this as a gift to a friend in another city who is an avid cook, owns many cookbooks, and is not easily amazed. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of the best gifts you can get/give if you like to cook. I have been giving this as a wedding gift since it came out. Read morePublished 4 months ago by M. Romero
Love, this book. Bought one for my daughter and finance. They were so happy to get it.Published 5 months ago by VickieB
Everyone who loves cooking, not just cajun cooking, should have this beautiful volume written by one of the most influential chefs in the highlighting of South Louisiana cusine.Published 5 months ago by George J Collins
Loved the history and the photos, but could have used more old time grocery store and country recipes. Read morePublished 8 months ago by alexander B.
My husband purchased this as a gift for me. It is more than a recipe book...it's a history book, a photo album, an amazing compilation of cajun goodies. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sandra Duhon