Louisiana Hometown Cookbook Cajun Family Recipes

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by Kent Whitaker & Sheila Simmons

$18.95 • paper • 272 pages • 8 x 9 ISBN 978-1-934817-07-0




Sample RecipesAbout the AuthorsFestivals included in the bookBook Description

Louisiana Hometown Cookbook Cajun, Creole Family Recipes

A Great Taste of Louisiana from
Hometown Cooks Across the State

If you love to cook, whether you’re born with the talent or you’ve learned it over the years, you should be equipped with the right knowledge and tools that will help you cook various cuisines. If it's Louisiana cuisine you're after, then you need to cook the hometown favorites. You can invest in the Louisiana Hometown Cookbook to cook all Louisiana's favorite recipes.

You will find a wide range of cookbooks in the market but when it comes to tasty recipes, clear steps, and value, you will be able to see the difference. When looking for quality cookbooks, you know you have the best when you get the Louisiana Hometown Cookbook.

This cookbook contains the fun-filled, tried and tested recipes that the locals love. Food is part of the tradition of the Louisiana people. The cookbook offers the Cajun favorites, Creole cuisine, and more traditional cooking of Louisiana’s hometowns. You'll find easy to follow recipes for:



One of the best things about Louisiana Hometown Cookbook is that the authors has succeeded in weaving the most astonishing facts and stories about this wonderful state with some of the most delicious Louisiana recipes. This is something that no other book on Louisiana Cooking has ever accomplished before. You will get to know all the main cooking styles prevalent in the state of Louisiana such as Southern hometown cooking existing in North Louisiana, New Orleans’ Creole cuisine and South Louisiana's famous Louisiana recipes among others. In short, Louisiana Hometown Cookbook is a comprehensive guide on Louisiana Cooking that not only teaches you the most complex Louisiana recipes in an easy to follow manner, but it also entertains you by revealing you the most incredible Louisiana facts.

Why Louisiana Hometown Cookbook is the most comprehensive cookbook till date?

Louisiana Hometown Cookbook is essentially a complete cookbook, and you won’t have to depend on any other cookbook if you are using Louisiana Hometown Cookbook. In fact, you can even prepare all the recipes mentioned in Louisiana Hometown Cookbook by using common indigents from your own kitchen. That’s another great thing about this book. All the recipes are practical and easy to prepare without making any unnecessary purchases. You can prepare almost all the traditional dishes by using this Cajun cookbook, such as Filet Gumbo, Crawfish Etouffee, Crawfish Boil, Cajun Red Beans with Rice, Holy Trinity Mardi Gras Potatoes, King Cake, Corn Macque Choux and Beignets, among others. Louisiana Hometown Cookbook is truly one of the rarest Cajun cooking books that have succeeded in putting together most wonderful Creole recipes in an easy to understand format.

What makes Louisiana Hometown Cookbook a sure-shot way to delicious and easy-to-prepare food?

There is no denying the fact that Cajun seasonings recipe is one of the most cherished recipes in the world, but because of the absence of any good Cajun seasoning recipe, it was just impossible to prepare this great dish. Fortunately, with the release of Louisiana Hometown Cookbook, you won’t have to settle for mediocre Louisiana cuisine anymore. Louisiana Hometown Cookbook has essentially made it possible to prepare the most scrumptious Cajun seasonings right in your kitchen. When you read Louisiana Hometown Cookbook, you will find that with the help of interesting facts about Louisiana the author has successfully managed to provide a slice of Louisiana tradition to the readers. There are some enjoyable stories about famous food festivals in Louisiana such as Shreveport's Mudbug Madness and Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans, Mayhaw Festival in Marion and Abbeville's Giant Omelette Celebration, among others. Louisiana Hometown Cookbook is truly an excellent book to read and to learn the art of Louisiana Cooking in order to prepare the most delicious food to impress your loved ones.

These are some of the best recipes that you can try while you’re enjoying the hometowns of Louisiana. The Louisiana Hometown Cookbook is not just about recipes. In fact, you can also get it if you’re interested in learning about local stories and food facts. If you enjoy reading your cookbooks like novels, this is the book for you. Your family will look forward to the hometown meals that you can prepare.

The foods served in Louisiana are perfectly seasoned, renowned, and a certified crowd pleaser. This is what Louisiana food is all about. To prepare these cherished dishes, Louisiana Hometown Cookbook is your best investment. There are more than 250 recipes, and this means that you have a wide range of choices when cooking.

Local bookstores and online stores sell a lot of cookbooks. While it’s true that you can find recipes on the internet, the hard copy of the cookbooks remains a great investment. You will always have access to the Louisiana recipes without or without the internet. Besides, most of the online recipes are too general and don’t offer the exact recipes that a hometown girl or boy really likes. With this cookbook, you know you are getting recipes that have been tested and tasted and guarantee great results.

Make the investment today! If you love hometown cooking, the Louisiana Hometown Cookbook is the answer.

Bring Out Your Creativity with Louisiana Hometown Cookbook
It is pretty easy to become an expert in Cajun and Creole cooking as well as preparing New Orleans dishes using a Cajun seasoning recipe you get from Louisiana cookbooks and by referring to a Louisiana hometown cookbook. It will certainly bring out your creative side as you prepare classic cuisine such as gumbo, which is a large seafood stew that also normally contains sausage or chicken and vegetables.

This type of dish can be customized as seen in the Louisiana Hometown Cookbook using a variety of seafood and vegetables by combining saut é ed peppers, onion and celery with an assortment of seafood such as crab, crawfish or peeled shrimp, adding diced chicken as well as sausage. You have to get your hands on the Louisiana Hometown Cookbook if you want to make name for yourself as one of the best cooks in Louisiana. Every one that loves to cook, must have this cookbook on their kitchen shelf!

Cajun and Creole Cooking Found in Louisiana Hometown Cookbook

Shrimp Creole as seen in Louisiana cookbooks is an all time favorite among many people and very easy to prepare. It does not take long to cook and generally gets served with rice. The Louisiana cookbooks recipe included here serves 2 to 4 people.

Shrimp Creole

4 tablespoons plus 1 stick butter, divided

1 large onion, chopped

1 large green bell pepper, chopped

4 ribs celery, chopped

3 tablespoons minced parsley

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 (16-ounce) cans tomatoes

1/4 teaspoon thyme

2 bay leaves

1 1/2 teaspoons paprika

Salt and cayenne pepper to taste

2 tablespoons cornstarch

4 cups raw shrimp, peeled

Melt 4 tablespoons butter and sauté the next 5 ingredients until they become limp. Chop

tomatoes in blender 1 to 2 seconds. Add tomatoes to sauteed mixture. Add thyme, bay leaves,

paprika, salt and cayenne pepper; simmer over low heat 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Mix cornstarch in 1/2 cup water and blend into the sauce at the end of the 20 minutes. In

another pan, melt 1 stick butter and sauté shrimp until very pink. Add shrimp, along with

all liquid to other mixture and blend well. Cook over low heat for another 40 to 50 minutes.

You may have to add a little water along the way to keep the right consistency. Serve over

fluffy hot rice.

Minnie Popich, Placquemines Parish

Why People Love Louisiana Hometown Cookbooks
One thing is for sure --people in Louisiana enjoy Cajun and Creole cooking and nothing is better than trying out a variety of Cajun and Creole recipes using Louisiana hometown cookbooks. Louisiana cooks rely heavily on fresh seafood and Southern vegetables like black-eyed peas, okra, rice and Cajun seasonings. Cooking Cajun is easy when the inspiration comes from Louisiana hometown cookbooks where anyone can learn to quickly put together delicious tasting New Orleans dishes like jambalaya, gumbo, red beans and rice, Muffulettas, and poboys.
Louisiana Hometown Cookbook Brings a Variety of Spices

There is so much variety that Louisiana cooking brings to the table, especially when using Louisiana cookbooks, that people everywhere cannot wait to try Louisiana’s special way of cooking. The many and various Louisiana recipes are easy to cook using what Louisiana cookbooks have to offer. The foundation of Louisiana cuisine comes from a flavorful combination referred to as the trinity obtainable from Louisiana cookbooks. We are talking about a combination of diced peppers, onion and celery, although you will find some people even add garlic and tomatoes as seen in the Louisiana Hometown Cookbook.

Knowing how to put the trinity together is key to preparing very tasty meals like Creole recipes and Cajun recipes as featured in Louisiana Hometown Cookbook. The trinity forms the base of most stews, sauces and soups.

You too can become an expert in Cajun cooking by referring to a real Cajun cookbook like the Louisiana Hometown Cookbook where you will come across various cooking techniques that involves making use of Cajun seasoning among others. By following the guidelines from Louisiana Hometown Cookbook you will soon make use of a variety of cooking methods that will make you an expert in Louisiana cooking. With the Louisiana Hometown Cookbook you will learn to prepare various dishes like jambalaya, gumbos, salad, deserts, and a variety of seafood dishes the way they were done originally.

According to Louisiana cooks, Cajun cooking demands strong flavors that you will get by using various Cajun seasonings and vegetables like bell peppers, celery, garlic and onion that are browned.

A Way of Life - Louisiana Hometown Cookbooks will Add Variety To Your Cooking

There is more to Louisiana cooking than meets the eye. All kinds of images come to mind when you think of using recipes from the Louisiana Hometown Cookbook. You get to see images in your mind's eye of exotic crawfish or alligator, and more things Creole. Not to mention the very tasty savory gumbos pictured within Louisiana Hometown Cookbook. You have to but mention the name Louisiana Hometown Cookbook, and people will automatically think of great cooking recipes that will turn out mouthwatering meals for all to enjoy.

One main ingredient often seen in Louisiana cookbooks is crawfish. Very similar in nature to lobster, it is boiled, then served from a bucket or large platter. People often purchase crawfish from the seafood market after which they follow the set cooking methods from Louisiana Hometown Cookbook.

Louisiana Hometown Cookbook Family Cajun Fun Recipes

by Kent Whitaker & Sheila Simmons

$18.95 • 272 pages • 8 x 9
ISBN 978-1-934817-07-0

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Sample Louisiana Recipes:

Easy Crawfish Etouffee

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter
  • 1 can cream of celery soup
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes (chopped tomatoes with chilies)
  • 2 pounds crawfish tails
  • Salt and pepper

Saute onion, bell pepper, celery and garlic in butter. Add soup, tomatoes and crawfish. Cover and simmer about 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add water as needed if sauce is too thick. Serve over cooked rice.

Mrs. Jake Moody, Eunice

Crawfish Etouffee from Louisiana Hometown Cookbook

Beignets Recipe - Recipe for New Orleans Beignets


  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons lard (shortening)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, optional
  • Vegetable oil
  • Powdered sugar

In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine water, 2 teaspoons sugar and evaporated milk;heat to warm (but not hot). Remove from heat and stir in yeast. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes. In a food processor, combine flour, egg, shortening, salt and nutmeg; blend well. Add yeast mixture. Turn blender on and off 4 or 5 times to bring dough together until fairly smooth and non-sticky. If additional flour is needed, add 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time; process just until blended. Place dough on a lightly floured surface; form into a smooth ball. Lightly coat with oil and place in a large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 1/2 hours. Punch down dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out dough into a rectangle about 1/2 inch thick. Working at a diagonal to rectangle, with a sharp knife, cut dough into 2-inch-wide strips, moving from left to right. Starting at top left and moving toward bottom of rectangle, cut dough diagonally into 2-inch-wide strips to form diamond shapes and place 1/2-inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Use all dough, cover and allow to rest and rise about 45 minutes. In a large saucepan with hot oil, cook until brown on both sides. Remove and drain on paper towels. Sift powdered sugar over hot beignets; serve hot.

Bernice Caulter

Josh's Shrimp or Crawfish Boil

  • 4 quarts water
  • 8 lemons, halved
  • 3 onions, quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 3 cups sauterne or white wine
  • 2 tablespoon cayenne red pepper
  • 9 tablespoons salt (for shrimp) or 11 tablespoons salt (for crawfish)
  • 5 pounds raw shrimp or crawfish

Bring water to a boil in a pot with a lid. Add all ingredients, except shellfish. Stir, cover, and return to boil. Add shellfish, cover and cook approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

Josh and Nicole Guthrie

Josh's Shrimp or Crawfish Boil Recipe for Louisiana Style Shrimp Boil


Louisiana Food Festivals Featured in Louisiana Hometown Cookbook:
The following list is alphabetical by city. Click each link to take you to information about that festival and/or scroll down for the full list by date.

Abbeville • Giant Omelette Celebration
Amite • Oyster Festival
Arnaudville • Etouffee Festival
Basile • Swine Festival
Bayou Lafourche • French Food Festival
Belle Chasse • Plaquemine Parish Heritage and Seafood Festival
Belle Chasse • Plaquemine Parish Fair & Orange Festival
Blanchard • Poke Salad Festival
Breaux Bridge • Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival
Bridge City • Gumbo Festival
Bunkie • Louisiana Corn Festival
Chalmette • Tomato Festival
Clinton • Red, White, Blueberry Festival
Crowley • International Rice Festival
Delacambre • Delacambre Shrimp Festival & Fair
DeRidder • Beauregard Watermelon Festival
Eunice • World Championship - Crawfish Etouffee Cook-off
Farmerville • Louisiana Watermelon Festival
Gonzales • Jambalaya Festival
Hammond • Smokin' Blues and BBQ Challenge
Harahan • St. Rita Pecan Festival
Iowa • Iowa Rabbit Festival
Kaplan • Louisiana Cajun Food Festival
Lacombe • Lacome Crab Fest
Lafayette • Boudin Cookoff
Lake Charles • Cajun French Music & Food Festival
LaPlace • Andouille Festival
Lecompte • Lecompte Pie Festival
Lydia • Lydia Cajun Food Fest
Mandeville • Seafood Festival
Metairie • Bucktown Seafood Festival
Morgan City • Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival
Morganza • Christmas Celebration & Gumbo Cookoff
New Iberia • Brudley's Wild Game, Seafood & Jambalaya Cook-Off
New Iberia • Cajun Hot Sauce Festival
New Iberia • Grillin in the Park Championship B-B-Que Cook-off
New Iberia • Great Chili Challenge
New Iberia • World Championship Gumbo Cookoff
New Orleans • Louisiana Oyster Jubilee
New Orleans • The Creole Tomato Festival, The Cajun-Zydeco Festival and the Louisiana Seafood Festival
Opelousas • Spice and Music Festival
Opelousas • Yambilee
Ponchatoula • Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival
Port Allen • Oldies But Goodies Fest & Barbeque Cook-Off
Port Barre • Cracklin Festival
Ruston • Louisiana Peach Festival
Shreveport • Mudbug Madness
St. Martinville • Kiwanis Pepper Festival
Starks • Starks Mayhaw Festival
Vidalia • Jim Bowie BBQ Duel & Festival
Ville Platte • Smoked Meat Festival
Zwolle • Zwolle Tamale Fiesta

Christmas Parade and Gumbo CookOff
Second Sunday in December • Morganza

Join us for live music in the streets from 10 am until the last person goes home. You'll enjoy craft and novelty booths, food booths, and gumbo galore. There are free photos with Santa Claus from 11 am to 1 pm. Gumbo judging begins at noon, and the parade starts at 2pm. There's fun for all ages including children's rides, carousel, rock climbing, and spacewalks. Come early and stay all day so you won't miss any of the fun.


Oyster Festival
3rd Weekend in March • Amite

Held every third weekend of March the Amite Oyster Festival has held the distinction of being the first festival of the season each year in Tangipahoa Parish since 1976. The oyster industry, which came to Amite in 1949 and has continued to grow each year, is honored with a month long celebration culminating in this festival. Churches, service organizations, school groups and other clubs benefit from this festival, The families that began the oyster industry are still actively involved and are touched and proud to be honored by the wonderful people of Amite. Come to the Amite Oyster Festival to have a shuckin' good time.

985.748.7156 •

World Championship Crawfish Etouffee Cook-off
Last Sunday in March • Eunice

Our World Championship Crawfish Etouffee Cook-Off is free to the public and a fun activity for the entire family. Teams compete to see who can cook the best crawfish etouffee (smothered crawfish usually served with rice). Thousands of visitors come to this annual event to view three categories of cook-off participants. Teams also compete for the Best Decorated booth and this category has proven to be more creative and hotly contested than even the cooking. Throughout the day outstanding Cajun and Zydeco bands perform for the listening delight and dancing pleasure of the spectators.

337.457.2565 or 877.948.8004 • or

The Smokin' Blues & BBQ Challenge
Last Weekend in March • Hammond

The Hammond Blues & BBQ Challenge is the largest BBQ Contest in the State of Louisiana and is the State Championship for The Kansas City BBQ Society. Over 120 BBQ teams competing in three different divisions vie for The Grand Championship each year. We are in our 6th year and all proceeds go towards three beneficiaries that help children and families in our community. This year we will benefit Special Olympics Louisiana, TARC & Tangi Food Pantry. Live music nightly, BBQ vendors and drink booths round out our event. Join us for Smokin' Good Time.

985.419.9863 •


Iowa Rabbit Festival
3rd week in March • Iowa

The Iowa Rabbit Festival is one of the top 20 festivals in the Southeastern United States, attracting over 20,000 people each year. You will enjoy live music, arts and craft booths, lots of great food, a huge carnival, pageant, and parade. The State Rabbit Show is a fun event with 400 Rabbits competing. All proceeds are donated back to our community. ôHop on over to the Iowa Rabbit Festival where I guarantee you will have a Hare raising good time!

337.433.8475 •

Etouffee Festival
Last full weekend in April • Arnaudville

Our yearly Etouffee Festival is a fund raiser for St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church. There is a a pageant the weekend before the festival. Friday through Sunday you will enjoy lots of good music, beer and daiquiris, etouffee, bar-b-que, bingo, a silent auction, mayor's cook-off, and much more. This is a fun event for people of all ages.



Cajun Hot Sauce Festival
1st OR 2nd Weekend in April • New Iberia

Family oriented festival which includes a variety of food vendors, craft vendors, great musical entertainment & a quality carnival. We also have a hot sauce manufacturer's competition which is judged along with a people's choice winner. On the Sunday of the event we have a Jambalaya Cook-off competition which is co-sponsored by world famous TABASCO Hot Sauce. These cook-off teams have samples of their products (which must include hot sauce) available to the public for tasting.

337.365.7539 •


Grillin' in the Park
Southwest La. Barbeque Championship Cookoff
April • New Iberia

This is the major fundraiser for the shepherd's food pantry. We have a day of barbeque cookoff, games with prizes for kids and many different fun and safety demonstrations. We do not allow alcohol because we want it to be a family event to show kids they can have fun and enjoyment without the use of alcohol. Some of the fun includes petting zoo, pony rides, fun jumps, craft booths, sweet booths and live music.



Louisiana Oyster Jubilee
April • New Orleans

Started April 2006, in an effort to support Louisiana fishermen and bring tourists back to the French quarter following Hurricane Katrina, Oyster's Jubilee is truly a jubilee of oysters. Acme Oyster House fries 5,200 Louisiana oysters, and 340 feet of famous Leidenheimer French Bread is placed on tables that line an entire French Quarter block on Royal Street. More than 15 restaurants ôdressö a section of the po' boy as they please. From bacon to soy sauce, no section is dressed the same. Once complete the po'boy is free for the taking, but trust me, it doesn't last long!

504.293.2647 •


Strawberry Festival
April • Ponchatoula

The Strawberry Festival has blossomed into a Louisiana celebration second only to Mardi Gras in its magnitude. We are the second largest free festival in the state. Are are many fun family events including Strawberry Ball, Baking Contest, Talent Show and Pageant. Plus you will enjoy live entertainment, rides, food booths, a parade, and so much more. Join us in Ponchatoula for a Strawberry Good Time!

1.800.917.7045 •


Plaquemines Parish Heritage and Seafood Festival
Memorial Day Weekend • Belle Chasse

Plaquemines Parish Heritage and Seafood Festival is an annual celebration of the rich and vibrant heritage of the people of Plaquemines Parish Louisiana. Visitors to this ôSouthern Louisianaö treat will enjoy great local seafood and other unique local food specialties fixed as only bayou folks can, along with continuous live music from traditional Cajun instruments for two-stepppin' to local popular rockin' cover bands, crafts from local artisans, carnival rides, helicopter rides over some of the most historical battlefields in the Nation as well as the Mississippi River, the greatest commerce highway in the nation, and fun for the entire family.

504.394.6328 •


The Annual Poke Salad Festival
2nd Saturday in May • Blanchard

The Poke Salad Festival has been held the 2nd Saturday in May for the past 34 years in Blanchard Louisiana, and is hosted by The Annual Poke Salad Festival Association. Leading up to the festival we have a treasure hunt, a store front decoration contest, a youth concert, and a 3-day carnival. Saturday's festivities feature a hometown parade, arts, crafts, food, and music starting at 10:00 am and ending with a street dance, now at the Poke Salad Pavilion, all on the festival grounds in Blanchard. For complete information on each year's events, please check our web page at

318.309.2647 or 318.929.7574 •

Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival
First Weekend in May • Breaux Bridge

The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival is one of the largest gatherings of world famous Cajun, Zydeco and Swamp Pop musicians with over 30 bands on three stages during the three-day festival. Fun festivities for all ages include a parade, accordion making, Cajun dance and cooking demonstrations, crawfish races, crawfish etouff e cook-off, crawfish eating contest, carnival rides and more. Artists, craftsmen and vendors display their ware for your shopping enjoyment. And, of course, nothing is as unique to Cajuns as eating crawfish and during festival weekend you'll enjoy tasting crawfish prepared in every imaginable way.

337.332.6655 •


Tomato Festival
May • Chalmette

The Tomato Festival is a St. Bernard Tradition and has been for the past 58 years. Sponsored by Our Lady of Prompt Succor School, this family oriented event features live entertainment, a baby contest, pageant, amusement rides, and, of course, lots of great food. Join us for lots of fun for people of all ages.

504.271.2953 •


Jambalaya Festival
Memorial Day Weekend • Gonzales

The Jambalaya Festival Association, chartered in 1967, invites you to bring your family to Gonzales, Louisiana, Memorial Day weekend for the annual Jambalaya Festival. The festival features World Champion Jambalaya served daily, live music and entertainment, carnival rides, cooking contests, a variety of food and so much fun it takes four days to get it all in. Your whole family will enjoy the vast variety of food, fun, music and activities. We invite each one of you to come share this great South Louisiana festival with us. It will be a weekend you will never forget.

225.622.6234 •


Mudbug Madness
Memorial Day Weekend • Shreveport

What began in 1984 as a two-day street festival in downtown Shreveport is now one of Louisiana's largest and most popular Cajun festivals, featuring renown Cajun, Zydeco, Blues and Jazz artists, mouth-watering Cajun cuisine, raucous contests, and fun for all ages. Now a four-day festival, Mudbug Madness is nationally recognized as one of the Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 Events, drawing as many as 56,000 people in one day. Mudbug Madness created renewed interest in Louisiana's rich cultural heritage and the event's original organizers are proud to have brought a little bit of south Louisiana fun north to Shreveport.

318.222.7403 •


Louisiana Corn Festival
Second full weekend in June • Bunkie

Aw Shucks! The Louisiana Corn Festival is held the second full weekend in June. It is a three day, family fun event and it is free to attend. Opening Ceremony is Friday, and the fun begins with the children's parade. There is a large carnival, arts & crafts and food vendors with something for everyone. Our city-wide parade is on Saturday at 11:00 am, after that the games begin. Get ready to compete in the corn eating, shucking and cooking contests. For sports-minded individuals, we have softball games with 16 teams competing and pirogue races on the bayou. The music doesn't stop with live bands and a street dance both nights. On Sunday is our talent competition and battle of the bands. So join us for a shucking good time.

800.833.4195 •


Beauregard Watermelon Festival
Last Weekend in June • DeRidder

The Beauregard Watermelon Festival is always held the last weekend of June. Beauregard Parish, Home of the original Sugartown Watermelon is cherished amongst watermelon lovers for over a century for their sugar sweet watermelons. Join us for a fun-filled weekend with events like a Watermelon Eating Contest, Seed Spitting Contest, Carving Contest, Growers Contest along with amusement rides, yard art, Cajun music, farmers market, bluegrass music, and more. There is fun for all ages at this super summer event.

1.800.738.5534 •


Lacombe Crab Fest
Last Weekend in June • Lacombe

The largest crab-themed festival in the south, the Lacombe Crab Fest features nonstop live entertainment, a gumbo competition, an interactive cultural village with demonstrating artists, and games and carnival rides for the kids. Local restaurateurs team up with local nonprofit organizations to prepare and offer a variety of seafood and crab dishes and all sorts of beverages. Bring the whole family and join us for a weekend of fun and pure pleasure under the majestic live oaks of John Davis Park.

985.867.9490 or 985.264.7112 or 985.882.3163 or 985.707.3163 •


The Creole Tomato Festival, The Cajun-Zydeco Festival and the Louisiana Seafood Festival
June • New Orleans

A New Orleans Vieux to Do celebrates 3 festivals in one weekend, in the New Orleans French Market. The Creole Tomato Festival, The Cajun-Zydeco Festival and the Louisiana Seafood Festival. It is held on Saturday and Sunday usually in June. There is plenty for the whole family to enjoy, lots of great food, music and art. For more information visit,

504.286.8735 •


Spice & Music Festival
First Weekend in June • Opelousas

The City of Opelousas boasts a rich and colorful culture like no other. Designated as the Zydeco Capital of the World and the Spice Capital of Louisiana, the Spice & Music Festival, held the first weekend in June, features the best in Cajun and Zydeco music as well as mouth watering Cajun and Creole food. Held in downtown Opelousas in the center of a National Historic Register, the festival offers visitors and locals a taste of Southwest Louisiana heritage and of course, lots of spice!

337.948.5227 •


Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival
Fourth weekend in June • Ruston

The Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival is a family-oriented event held annually the fourth weekend in June in Ruston. Events include arts and crafts; food; music; parade; 5K run; cookery contest; tennis, golf, and fishing tournaments; rodeo, pet show; antique car show; kids? events; fine-arts show; and more. Some events free, others, admission applies. Oldest continuous agriculture festival in Louisiana.

318.255.2031 •


Starks Mayhaw Festival
Third Weekend in June • Starks

Mayhaw jelly, Mayhaw butter, Mayhaw berries... it must be time for the Starks Mayhaw Festival. Try your hand at jelly-making and catch a glimpse of the Mayhaw Queen and her court. This family-friendly festival has carnival rides for the kids... and live entertainment for kids at heart. You'll enjoy lots of food, craft, and game booths as well as lots of Southwest Louisiana fare. Hot biscuits and Mayhaw jelly are served Saturday morning with fresh-churned butter. A jelly making demonstration is also held. Mayhaw trees, berries juice, and jelly are available. There will be plenty to go around so join us.



Smoked Meat Festival
Last Full Weekend in June • Ville Platte

The Smoked Meat Festival is hosted by our Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #632. In 1993 began Le Fesival de la Viande Boucan'ee ù a festival that showcases our Cajun heritage, distinctive cuisine, toe-tapping music and the natural beauty of the region.

337.363.6700 •

Red, White & Blueberry Festival
July 3rd & 4th • Clinton

Make plans to celebrate Independence Day with Main Street in Clinton. You'll enjoy live music, street dancing, a patriotic program and fireworks, children's games with prizes, inflatable amusements, gospel choirs, and a blueberry cooking contest. Enjoy our community spirit and celebrate with our great businesses and over 100 food and craft vendors. Blueberries and blueberry products will be available ùpies, cobblers, jellies, and more. There is fun for all ages.

225.603.9003 •


Louisiana Watermelon Festival
Last weekend of July • Farmerville

The Louisiana Watermelon Festival offers activities from seed spitting, melon eating, the largest melon contest, melon decorating, to the melon auction. Watermelons will take over the small town of Farmerville for three fun-filled days. Thousands are expected to convene on the streets of Farmerville as the Watermelon Festival celebrates summer with great live music, classic backyard food, as well as other favorites, and a colorful mix of good time games, craft booths and activities for adults and children alike. Admission to the Festival is FREE for all.

318.368.0044 •

Seafood Festival
4th of July Weekend • Mandeville

The oldest festival held in St. Tammany Parish, attendance for the Seafood Festival is estimated at over ten thousand people per day. Our association is a non-profit corporation, with a 100% volunteer membership, including the officers who contribute countless hours without compensation. The festival association has donated over $1,000,000.00 to various Mandeville area charities and causes. The festival features 20 food booths serving seafood dishes as well as alternative dishes, arts & craft booths, a children's entertainment area, and live musical entertainment throughout the three day event. The annual fireworks show is choreographed to music and celebrates the 4th of July.

985.624.9762 •

Cajun Music and Food Festival
3rd Weekend in July • Lake Charles

Music, food, crafts, folks and fun are what you will find at the Cajun Music and Food Festival. Since the first festival in 1987, it has continued to grow in size and reputation and has been named as a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event. The two-day event features bands, dancing, Cajun dance troupe demonstrations, Cajun Dance contests, heritage displays, lots of Cajun food and crafts. The CFMA Beauty Pageant Competition is held the weekend before the festival on the 2nd Saturday in July.

337.562.9156 •

Delacambre Shrimp Festival
Third Full Weekend in August • Delacambre

The town of Delcambre, Louisiana, located about 20 miles southwest of Lafayette, is home to one of the area's most productive shrimp fleets. The town devotes an entire weekend to honor this economic lifeblood. Events include a shrimp cook-off, queens pageants, fais-do-do's, food booths, carnival rides, and the blessing of the shrimp boat fleet. There's plenty of fun for kids of all ages and lots to see, hear, and EAT!

337.685.2653 •



Lydia Cajun Food Fest
2nd Weekend in September • Lydia

The Cajun Food Fest is a two-day event beginning Friday from 5pm to Midnight and continuing Saturday from 10am to 9pm. You'll enjoy a fais do do with 3 bands plus food booths, rides for kids, arts & crafts booths, a peoples-choice cook-off, survival walk and poker run. All money raised helps cancer patients in 4 parishes.

337.230.6730 • 337.519.9593

Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival
Labor Day Weekend • Morgan City

This award-winning festival has been celebrated more than 70 years and is the state's oldest-chartered harvest festival. It is one in a dying breed of quality events offering family entertainment at no cost to the visitor (no gate fees are charged). The festival is also unique because nearly 40 non-profit organizations utilize it as their sole or primary source of funding. With attendance each year averaging 100,000 to 150,000 visitors, monies earned by these organizations are quite substantial and are funded back into the community in the form of scholarships and programs sponsored by schools, churches and other non-profit endeavors.

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Jim Bowie Festival
September • Vidalia

The Jim Bowie Festival began more than 20 years ago to remember the famous Sandbar Fight that took place not far from the small town of Vidalia in the early 1800's. Today, the event includes the Louisiana State Championship Bowie Barbeque Duel, the Backyard BBQ event that's open to pros and amateurs alike, an arts & crafts show and live entertainment. Historian, author, and actor Jack Edmonson returns each year to lead his costumed group of volunteers through an exciting re-enactment of the Sandbar Fight. The festival is held in September, right on the banks of the Mississippi River.

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French Food Festival
Last Full Weekend in October • Bayou Lafourche

The French Food Festival features over 20 local specialty dishes plus dancing and music. Experience the essence of life on Bayou Lafourche with folklife demonstrations offering everyone the chance to learn about Cajun living -- boat building, cooking, music and more. More than just a food festival, the French Food Festival includes an old-fashioned carnival midway, complete with games, rides, and cotton candy. Join us for family fun for all ages and experience more than 200 years of a legacy rich with traditions, legends, and a distinctive way of life.

985.693.7355 •

Gumbo Festival
Second Weekend in October • Bridge City

In 1973, Bridge City was proclaimed "The Gumbo Capital of the World" which began the annual celebration of the Gumbo Festival. It has grown into one of the most popular festivals of Louisiana attracting festival-goers and visitors from around the world. In addition to the very best seafood and chicken gumbo in the world, visitors will experience live entertainment, carnival rides, games, arts and crafts, and a Gumbo Cooking Contest. Join us for delicious gumbo and great fun for all ages.

504.329.4279 •

International Rice Festival
3rd weekend in October • Crowley

The International Rice Festival is one of the oldest and largest agricultural festivals in the South. Since the inauguration of the first festival on October 5, 1937, millions have attended the annual event. The International Rice Festival calls attention to the importance of rice as a food and to emphasize its place in the world's economic picture. Always held the third weekend in October, the Festival takes place in the downtown area of Crowley and is one of the few festivals free to the public. The celebration would not be possible without contributions from industries, businesses, and individuals. A very special recognition must be given to the many volunteers who have given of their time and talents to make this event the success that it is each year.

337.783.3067 •

Louisiana Cajun Food Fest
Last Full Weekend in October • Kaplan

The French Food Festival is hosted annually on the last full weekend in October and features over 20 local specialty dishes. Dancing and music, along with Folklife demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday, offer everyone the chance to learn about Cajun life-ways -- boat building, cooking, music and more. More than just a food festival, the French Food Festival includes an old-fashioned carnival midway, complete with games, rides, and cotton candy.

337.643.2400 •

Boudin Cook-Off
October • Lafayette

A unique celebration that includes Boudin Sampling, cooking demonstrations, live music plus fun and games for kids and family including a Boudin Toss, Pin the Tail on the Pig, Balloon Artist, and more. Join us for a Boudin Eating Contest, Cochon de Lait (Cajun Pig Roast) and your opportunity to vote in the People's Choice competition. This fun-filled day winds down with an awards presentation. Come early; eat more.

Andouille Festival
October • LaPlace

Come and celebrate a good time in LaPlace, Louisiana where we honor the best-tasting Andouille sausage in the world. There are lots of bands that play throughout the weekend, down-home cooking sold at the food booths, beautiful crafts, and letÆs not forget the rides. We have our gumbo cook-off on Saturday and our annual 5-mile Andouille Run on Sunday. So come on over and let us show you a Smokin' Good Time

985.652.9569 •


Lecompte Pie Festival
First Weekend in October • Lecompte

The Lecompte Pie Festival was organized in the year of 2000 under the administration of Former Mayor Rosa Jones. Lecompte was noted for Lea's Restaurant, where everyone would stop by and buy a pie. Lea's sends pies all over the world, therefore after contacting Former Representative Charlie Dewitt who was in the Legislature at the time, asked him to pass a bill where we could become the Pie Capital of Louisiana, Thanks to him!! That's how our festival begun. It has been a great success, since its beginning. Every year the first weekend in October we celebrate The Lecompte Pie Festival, with food and craft booths, entertainment, pageant, parade, rides and games for the children. The first year the festival kicked off with 12,000 plus in attendance.

318.776.5488 •

Bucktown Seafood Festival
Last Weekend in October • Metairie

We have games, inflatables, prizes, the best food around and we crown a new king and queen of Bucktown each year. Local bands perform all weekend; no entry fee.



World Championship Gumbo Cookoff
Second Weekend in October • New Iberia

The World Championship Gumbo Cookoff is held the second weekend in October in downtown New Iberia, LA. Enjoy live music Friday night and a Food Fest and Shopping Extravaganza on Saturday with music and special street events. Sunday is the ?Battle of the Rouxs? with over seventy teams competing for the World's best gumbo. Bring the family for this fun-filled event. Sponsored by the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce and Tabasco.

337.364.1836 •

Last Full Weekend in October (beginning on Thursday before) • Opelousas

THE SWEET GOLDEN YAM (sweet potato) has been something to celebrate ever since the Frenchmen, who established the first settlement here in 1760, discovered the native Indians eating sweet potatoes. The Yambilee Festival starts on the Thursday before the last full weekend of October and continues throughout the weekend. There are fun things for people of all ages including live music, cooked yam competition, yam-i-mal competition, carnival, talent competition, parade, food and crafts booth and so much more. Join us, And we guarantee, You'll have a Yam-Good-Time!

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Oldies But Goodies Fest
& Smokin' Oldies BBQ Cook-Off

2nd weekend in October • Port Allen

This State Championship BBQ Contest starts on Saturday each year with live music at 2:00 pm. On Sunday, there is a poker run, antique car show, hula hoop, jitterbug, twist contest and children's activities. Live bands featuring 50's, 60's & 70's music start at noon. All proceeds go to Dream Day Foundation/St. Judes Children's Hospital. Hours are from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm.

225.344.2920 •

Kiwanis St. Martinville Pepper Festival
Third Sunday in October • St. Martinville

Kick up the heat and your heels at the Kiwanis Pepper Festival. Held under the historic Evangeline Oak, get ready for the scorching pepper eating contest, dance to red hot bands and enjoy the taste-temping local cuisine. Bring the family for cool games for the kids and shop the crafts on display. Festival proceeds benefit children's charities and programs sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of St. Martinville. It's the hottest little festival going!

337.394.9396 •

Zwolle Tamale Fiesta
Second Full Weekend in October • Zwolle

The Zwolle Tamale Fiesta celebrates the rich Spanish and Indian heritage of the people of the town. Held each year at the Zwolle Festival Grounds, it is a fun-filled weekend of reliving the area's heritage with plenty of delicious hot tamales, entertainment, arts and crafts, dancing, parades, and children's activities. The Fiesta is fun for the entire family.

318.645.6141 • 318.645.2388 •

Giant Omelette Celebration
First weekend in November • Abbeville

Abbeville's 5000-EGG Giant Omelette Celebration is like no other festival. This family oriented event includes a kids world, arts & crafts show, 3-mile walk through Historic Downtown, antique cars on display, egg cracking contest, and some of Louisiana's best music to get you dancing. Grab your seat early for the procession of chefs, eggs and bread to the Giant 12 foot skillet where fun and folly are the order of day for those preparing the 5000 Egg Giant Omelette.

Louisiana Swine Festival
First Full Weekend in November • Basile

Our festival is held annually the first full weekend in November. Visitors enjoy our hog calling, boudin eating and pig chase contests, carnival, pork cook-off, exciting line up of music, food and our parade.

337.432.6807 •

St. Rita Pecan Festival
Second Full Weekend in November • Harahan

The 17th Annual St. Rita Pecan Festival will boast a wide array of rides, games, food and music. The Top Cats will perform on Friday from 7 to 10 p.m., Bag Of Donuts plays from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday night. On Sunday, Gashouse Gorillaz performs from 2 to 5 p.m. and The Wise Guys from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, November 13th from 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM (Midnight)Saturday, November 14th from 12:00 PM (noon) to 12:00 AM (Midnight)Sunday, November 15th from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM

504.733.2915 •

Brudley's Wild Game, Seafood & Jambalaya Cook-Off
November • New Iberia

Brudley's Wild Game, Seafood & Jambalaya Cook-Off is a fundraising event for the Iberia Boys and Girls Club. The event features around 25 teams competing in various categories. The $20 admission ($10 children) benefits the Boys and Girls Club and is your all you can eat ticket to some great dishes. In addition to delicious food, you will be entertained by live music from two bands -- one zydeco and one pop-country band. Join us for the fun, family friendly event.

337.268.9555 x100 •

The Great Chili Challenge
1st Saturday in November • New Iberia

The Great Chili Challenge is a fun event for the entire family. There are many different chilis to taste and vote on, live music, art and crafts and many fun things for the kids to do. Come and enjoy good food and lots of fun!


Port Barre Lions Club Cracklin Festival
2nd full weekend in November • Port Barre

Our festival is held Thursday thru Sunday in November, featuring a fair, arts and craft booths, food booths, and live music all weekend. You'll enjoy a parade on Saturday and Queens pageant the weekend before. Money raised is donated to Lions Eye Foundation in New Orleans, LA, Lions Crippled Children Camp in Leesville, LA, and various other charities. Thursday night til 10 pm, Friday & Saturday til 12 midnight and Sunday til 6 pm.

337.585.6673 •

The Plaquemines Parish Fair & Orange Festival
First Full Weekend in December • Belle Chasse

Taste a slice of Louisiana at the Plaquemines Parish Fair & Orange Festival. Each year, thousands of visitors come to Plaquemine Parish to experience one of the oldest and most unique Festivals in the State of Louisiana. Come help us celebrate the Citrus Industry and the people behind it with fun activities for the entire family. You will experience wonderful food, entertainment, contests, crafts, novelties, and hospitality. Join for Louisiana's favorite festival with Orange-A-Peel.

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Book Description
Louisiana Hometown Cookbook

Louisiana Hometown Cookbook dishes up a double-helping of local, tried and true recipes and fun-filled facts about hometowns all-over the state. From the Southern hometown cooking in North Louisiana to Creole cuisine of New Orleans to South Louisiana's Cajun favorite recipes, food is about more than mere sustenance in Louisiana... It's about tradition. Nowhere is the tradition of Louisiana hometown cooking more apparent than in this outstanding new cookbook.

You'll find easy-to-follow recipes for traditional Louisiana favorites like Crawfish Etouffee, Filet Gumbo, Corn Macque Choux, Beignets, and many many more. From Creamy Pecan Pralines to Holy Trinity Mardi Gras Potatoes, King Cake to Cajun Red Beans and Rice, Shrimp or Crawfish Boil to New Orleans Bread Pudding.

For those who confess to reading their cookbooks like novels, you'll enjoy interesting food facts and stories about fun food festivals around the state... from Shreveport's Mudbug Madness to the Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans, from the Mayhaw Festival in the town of Marion to Abbeville’s Giant Omelette Celebration.

Louisiana cooking is world renowned, perfectly seasoned, and always a crowd pleaser. Louisiana Hometown Cookbook preserves Louisiana's most cherished dishes... deliciously.

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About the Authors:

Kent Whitaker has taken his down-home, Southern-style cooking to an art-form. “I like to do a bit more than burgers and dogs on the grill.” He is the author of three cookbooks, Tennessee Hometown Cookbook (Great American Publishers, 2007), Smoke in the Mountains (Quail Ridge Press, 2004) and Checkered Flag Cooking (Quail Ridge Press, 2005), and has written and illustrated two children’s books, Why are the Mountains Smoky? (Overmountain Press, 2004) and Big Mo’s Tennis Ball Hunt (Great American Publishers, 2006).

Kent has appeared on the Food Network and other network television stations. He frequently hosts cooking classes at the Chattanooga Market and throughout the South. He writes a cooking column for the Catoosa County News and the Chattanoogan, and writes monthly articles for both The National Barbecue News and Racing Milestones Magazine. A dog-lover and advocate for local animal shelters and rescue organizations, Kent and his grilling buddy, Moses, are spokesperson and spokesdog for ALPO. Kent and Moses travel the country presenting grilling and cooking demos promoting the idea of including your canine family members in on the backyard grilling fun. Kent gives human grilling and cooking tips while Moses enjoys APLO Chophouse Ribeye-Flavored dog food.

Kent and his wife Ally live in East Tennessee with one son, Macee, a Golden Retriever named Moses and a Shitzu named Barney.

Sheila Simmons is passionate about cooking and cookbooks. In her travels, when people come to stay at her “rambling house in the country,” when entertaining, or even when watching one of her two boys play ball, the subject will always, eventually, turn to recipes.

Sheila’s interest in regional recipes was originally born during her 18 years with Quail Ridge Press in Brandon, Mississippi. In 2006, she left QRP to focus her love of publishing on Great American Publishers and Great American Cookbooks where she is Publisher and co-owner along with husband Roger Simmons.

Sheila has also found an outlet for her regional recipe passion in the State Hometown Cookbook Series. She and co-author Kent Whitaker collect favorite recipes from every state in the country for the series. A “job” that is perfect for someone who loves to talk about and share great recipes and equally enjoys trying new recipes in her kitchen.

Sheila is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. She lives in Lena, Mississippi with her husband Roger and two sons, Ryan and Nicholas. In addition to publishing, cooking, and collecting recipes Sheila enjoys family, reading, and books.

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