Marking Louisiana's entrance into its fourth century, local writer Jon Laiche (also known as Jerry, former cashier at Franklinton’s Main St. Shell) celebrates our shared heritage with a chronicle of the food and its influence on the people and times of 300 years ago in SE Louisiana. His new book, Madame Langlois' Legacy: A Culinary History of French Colonial Louisiana, was just published in March. The volume showcases a fabulous jambalaya of knowledge, methods, and means to remember our heritage while "passing a good time".
A fresh approach to the genres of cookbook and culinary history, Madame Langlois' Legacy combines:
•original 18th century French and colonial recipes (the true origins of Creole Cuisine)
•rigorously researched historical background on the economic, culinary, and political conditions that shaped early Louisiana food ways
•and refreshing fictional - but historically accurate - tales of Frere Gerard and Tante Suzanne, the mythical cooks at the first Presbytere and the first Marigny household in colonial New Orleans.
A native of SE Louisiana, Jon is a retired history teacher and a lifelong cook of Creole and Cajun extraction. Raised in a "roast beef & red beans" restaurant in Mid-City New Orleans, he developed and refined his devotion to food and local foodways while raising a family and pursuing his scholarship. Madame Langlois' Legacy was begun to mark and celebrate the Tricentennial of the founding of "America's Most Interesting City". It grew into a paean to French Louisiana in the eighteenth century. His wife and life-partner Elizabeth is a writer, photographer, artist, and editor/contributor to the work.
Madame Langlois' Legacy (ISBN: 978-0-9907378-8-9) - $28.00 -can be found in numerous venues. A print edition is available through B&N.com, amazon.com. Kobo, Apple Books, and numerous online sources. E-book version (ISBN: 978-0-9907378-0-3) is also available for $9.99. Booksellers, schools, libraries, universities, and other institutions can order copies of the book through the distributor, IngramSpark.
For more info, contact the author, Jon Laiche, email@example.com. Or by post at 17188 21373 Dutch Rd, Franklinton, LA 70438. PHOTO: Jon Laiche with his latest book.