Marcelle Bienvenu

Cookbook Author | Food Writer | Cajun and Creole Culinary Historian

Books

If you like Cajun cooking, these books should be on your shelves!

When we gathered for Sunday dinners or holiday meals, aunts and uncles, cousins and friends joined us for perfectly roasted chicken, rice dressing, baked sweet potatoes and homemade pecan pie.

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Many weekends during the summer months was spent at our humble but comfortable camp on the banks of Catahoula Lake located near the Atchafalaya Basin. There we enjoyed fish-fries, seafood boils, and barbecues with all the appropriate side dishes like Mama's potato salad with homemade mayonnaise, smothered eggplant with shrimp, maque choux (smothered fresh corn off the cob) and lots of homegrown vegetables---tomatoes, okra, stuffed bell peppers and stuffed mirlitons.

If we weren't at the Catahoula camp, we could be found at the camp at Cypremort Point on Vermilion Bay. There our meals were supplied from the bay or the nearby Gulf of Mexico. Our nets (baited with chicken necks) brought in beautiful blue crabs which were boiled or plunked into a rich gumbo. Freshly-caught shrimp could be fried, boiled or made into a cool salad plopped on top of thick slices of tomatoes. Ah, and the fish---speckled trout, redfish, red snapper and flounder---all found their way into our pots on the old stove in the big kitchen.

 
Who's your mama

WHO'S YOUR MAMA, ARE YOU CATHOLIC AND CAN YOU MAKE A ROUX?
Acadian House Publishers in Lafayette, La.
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cajun cooking

CAJUN COOKING FOR BEGINNERS
Published in 1996
Acadian House Publishers in Lafayette, La.
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Who's your mama Book 2

WHO'S YOUR MAMA, ARE YOU CATHOLIC & CAN YOU MAKE A ROUX (BOOK 2)
Published in 1998
Times of Acadiana Publishing (now defunct)
Book was republished in 2008 by Acadian House Publishers in Lafayette, La.
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eula mae's kitchen

EULA MAE'S CAJUN KITCHEN
Co-authored with Eula Mae Dore
Published in 2002
Harvard Common Press
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stir the pot

STIR THE POT: THE HISTORY OF CAJUN CUISINE
Co-author with Drs. Carl Brasseaux and Ryan Brasseaux
Published in 2005
Hippocrene Books Inc.
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Cooking Up a Storm

COOKING UP A STORM - RECIPES LOST AND FOUND FROM THE TIMES-PICAYUNE
(Nominated for a James Beard Foundation Awards 2009)
Published 2008
Chronicle Publishers
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No Baloney On My Boat

NO BALONEY ON MY BOAT
Published 2011
Acadian House Publishers
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Wings of Paradise

WINGS OF PARADISE: BIRDS OF THE LOUISIANA WETLANDS
Published 2009
Published by LSU Press
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Pecans-From Soup to Nuts

PECANS-FROM SOUP TO NUTS
Published 2009
Published by Pelican Publishing
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Pecans-From Soup to Nuts

TRUE BLOOD: EATS, DRINKS AND BITES FROM BON TEMP
Published 2012
Published by Chronicle Books
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