Cajun Foodways / Edition 1

Cajun Foodways / Edition 1

by C. Paige Gutierrez
     
 

ISBN-10: 0878055630

ISBN-13: 9780878055630

Pub. Date: 08/01/1992

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

Cajun food has become a popular "ethnic" food throughout America during the last decade. This fascinating book explores the significance of Cajun cookery on its home turf in south Louisiana, a region marked by startling juxtapositions of the new and the old, the nationally standard and the locally unique.

Neither a cookbook nor a restaurant guide, Cajun

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Overview

Cajun food has become a popular "ethnic" food throughout America during the last decade. This fascinating book explores the significance of Cajun cookery on its home turf in south Louisiana, a region marked by startling juxtapositions of the new and the old, the nationally standard and the locally unique.

Neither a cookbook nor a restaurant guide, Cajun Foodways gives interpretation to the meaning of traditional Cajun food from the perspective of folklife studies and cultural anthropology. The author takes into account the modern regional popular culture in examining traditional foodways of the Cajuns.

Cajuns' attention to their own traditional foodways is more than merely nostalgia or a clever marketing ploy to lure tourists and sell local products. The symbolic power of Cajun food is deeply rooted in Cajuns' ethnic identity, especially their attachments to their natural environment and their love of being with people.

Foodways are an effective symbol for what it means to be a Cajun today. The reader interested in food and in cooking will find much appeal in this book, for it illustrates a new way to think about how and why people eat as they do.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780878055630
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
08/01/1992
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,424,692
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction: Louisiana's Cajuns3
1What Goes into Cajun Food34
2Cajun Cooking51
3Cooks and Kitchens69
4Cajuns and Crawfish77
5Catching, Cooking, and Eating Crawfish83
6The Meaning of Crawfish96
7Boucheries, Mardi Gras, and Community Festivals110
8Cajun Food and Ethnic Identity121
Bibliography139
Index147

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