Marcelle Bienvenu

Cookbook Author | Food Writer | Cajun and Creole Culinary Historian


at the deskMARCELLE BIENVENU is a cookbook author and food writer who has been involved in the culinary scene since the 1960’s. A native of St. Martinville, Louisiana, in the heart of the Cajun country, she wrote a written a weekly food column, Creole Cooking, for The Times Picayune of New Orleans for over 30 years.

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), Cajun Cooking for Beginners and No Baloney on My Boat.

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.

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In 2009, she co-authored Pecans: From Soup to Nuts with the late Keith Courrege, and Wings of Paradise, Birds of the Louisiana Wetlands with Charlie Hohorst, Jr.

In 2012, Marcelle developed recipes for a companion cookbook---TRUEBLOOD, Eats, Drinks and Bites from Bon Temps---for the popular HBO True Blood Series.

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.

Currently she is a chef/instructor at Nicholls State University in the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute in Thibodaux.