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    The Cajun and Creole people most live in the state of Louisiana, especially southern Louisiana. Cajun people tend to be descended from French Acadians (French settlers in the Canadian maritime provinces and the state of Maine), whereas Creole are often descended from French and Spanish settlers in Louisiana who arrived prior the region becoming part of the United States as a result of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. Intermarriage, and perceived social differences between Cajun and Creole people, has of course blurred the distinctions between the two groups, and many people choose to define their own identity in the way that they feel describes themselves best.

    Outside of Louisiana, the difference between Cajun and Creole cuisine is somewhat blurred. However, in the state itself, there are distinct differences. Cajun food tends to spicy, hearty, based on local produce, including agricultural produce and wild game. Creole cuisine is sometimes perceived as more sophisticated, and tends to make more use of seafood.

    Some popular Cajun and Creole recipes and dishes include:
    • Boudin - Pork sausages containing milk and rice. There are two varieties boudin blanc and boudin rouge, which principally differ whether they include pig's blood.

    • Creole Omelette - A plain omelette served with a spicy vegetable sauce.

    • Cracklins - A snack made from fried pork skins.

    • Gumbo - A soup made from meat or shellfish stock, bell peppers, celery, onion and a thickener. The thickener used is usually okra or filé powder (a spice made from dried ground sassafras leaves), sometimes with roux (a mix of wheat flour and fat). The soup also usually contains poultry, smoked pork, and local shellfish such as crab, crawfish or shrimp. Andouille (a sausage made from smoked pork, chitterlings, onions, wine and seasoning) and tasso (smoked pork shoulder) are often added to the recipe, giving it a smokey flavor. Gumbo has become popular throughout the Gulf Coast, and even in Northern Soul Food restaurants, and Gumbo is traditionally served over rice.

      Shrimp gumbo

    • Étouffée - A dish of shellfish or chicken over rice, similar to gumbo, but with a thicker consistency,

    • Jambalaya - This dish has been described as a New World version of Spanish cuisine's paella - although it usually tomatoes instead of saffron, and various local meat and seafood, depending on the recipe and what ingredients were available in the area. Jambalaya is prepared in a single pot, and contains meat, seafood, vegetables, rice and stock.


    • Oysters en Brochette - Raw oysters are placed on a skewer with partly cooked bacon. The whole thing is then breaded and deep-fried. The skewer is then removed, and the dish is then served on top of triangles of toast with Meuniere sauce (a local sauce made from flour, butter, parsley and lemon).

    • Oysters Rockefeller - A dish invented by the New Orleans chef, Jules Alciatore. The dish is made from oysters, parsley and parmesan cheese topped with a rich sauce. The dish was named after the richest American of the time, John D. Rockefeller, and was created as an alternative to escargot at Antoine's restaurant in New Orleans.

    • Pompano en Papillote - A dish made by cooking a fillet of pompano fish in a parchment envelope with a sauce of wine, crab and shrimp. During the cooking process, the envelope usually puffes up to resemble a balloon - which is appropriate since the dish was originally created by Jules Alciatore, in honor of the Brazilian balloonist, Alberto Santos-Dumont.

    • Shrimp Creole - Shrimp in a sauce made from tomatoes, celery, onion, and bell peppers, flavored with pepper sauce. It is usually served on top of steamed rice.

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    Chef Kevin Belton, a true Creole New Orleanian, dishes up the culinary history of his city with recipes that provide both down-home comfort and the big flavors he is famous for. He teaches how to make a perfect roux and explains the background of that holiest trinity of Creole cooking–celery, onion, and bell pepper–while offering his spin on the Louisiana classics of gumbo, jambalaya, étouffée, po’boys, and grillades with grits.

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    Here for the first time, the famous food of Louisiana is presented in a cookbook written by a great creative chef who is himself world-famous. The extraordinary Cajun and Creole cooking of South Louisiana has roots going back over two hundred years, and today it is the one really vital, growing regional cuisine in America. No one is more responsible than Paul Prudhomme for preserving and expanding the Louisiana tradition, which he inherited from his own Cajun background.

    Chef Prudhomme's incredibly good food has brought people from all over America and the world to his restaurant, K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen, in New Orleans. To set down his recipes for home cooks, however, he did not work in the restaurant. In a small test kitchen, equipped with a home-size stove and utensils normal for a home kitchen, he retested every recipe two and three times to get exactly the results he wanted. Logical though this is, it was an unprecedented way for a chef to write a cookbook. But Paul Prudhomme started cooking in his mother's kitchen when he was a youngster. To him, the difference between home and restaurant procedures is obvious and had to be taken into account.

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    Fonville Winans began his career by documenting the lives of Depression-Era Cajuns in the coastal town of Grand Isle and later became the official photographer for the state of Louisiana. An enthusiastic tinkerer and occasional inventor, Winans experimented obsessively with recipes. The Fonville Winans Cookbook incorporates recipes he found or invented in the 1950s or 1960s, recorded in two journals that his daughter-in-law, Melinda Winans, found after his death. The recipes range from the Cajun cuisine that he claimed as his favorite to Mexican and Chinese recipes that he brought home from his travels at a time when tamales and fried rice where virtually unknown in Baton Rouge. No book on Fonville Winans would be complete without his photographs, and this cookbook features many that have hitherto gone unpublished. Readers will be fascinated by the photos and the biography of this extraordinary man, and home cooks will enjoy cooking his easy and satisfying recipes.

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