Following in the successful footsteps of Audubon Plantation Country Cookbook, named
best new cookbook of the year by Louisiana Life magazine, Anne Butler has
written Bayou Plantation Country Cookbook. Recipes drawn from life
on the bayou and the rich alluvial fields abound with the fresh catch of the day
and the newly picked harvest of the garden. Crossing economic lines, Butler
introduces the historical people and places of south Louisiana, from the exiled
Acadians and their laissez faire way of life to the cotton kings evoking the
Gone with the Wind era.
Packed with family anecdotes and lore, this
cookbook eases you into the kitchen by way of a personal invitation to ?visit?
with the family. Like any good Southern host, Butler offers hospitality capped
with great food and lively drink. Create chicken and sausage gumbo from the
recipe offered by Oak Alley Plantation or mix a brisk Nottoway Plantation mint
julep while you read about the Randolph girls and their life on the White
Castle, Louisiana, homestead. Also prominently displayed are recipes from
hardworking fishermen who earn a living harvesting seafood from Louisiana
waters. The ingredients for stuffed seafood, including fish, crabs, and shrimp,
come from the far reaches of Grand Isle, a barrier island offering recreation
and community life.
Web sites, phone numbers, and email and
physical addresses for present-day contacts are available for visitors who wish
to continue the adventure. Some plantations conduct tours, while others offer
delightful bed and breakfast packages.
About the Author
A graduate of Sweet Briar College
in Virginia, with an M.A. in English from Humboldt State in California, Anne
Butler has worked as a journalist, writer, and editor on both coasts. She is the
author of a dozen books, including Audubon Plantation Country Cookbook
and Weep for the Living, also published by Pelican. Butler
operates a bed and breakfast at her family homestead, the historic Butler
Greenwood Plantation, which has been in the family since the 1790s. She knows
the area?s virtues; she knows its vices; and she knows how to make a good story
out of both.
BAYOU PLANTATION COUNTRY COOKBOOK
By Anne Butler
224 pp. 8? x 11
176 photos Indexes