Real Cajun: Rustic Home Cooking from Donald Link's Louisiana

Real Cajun: Rustic Home Cooking from Donald Link's Louisiana


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Real Cajun: Rustic Home Cooking from Donald Link's Louisiana by Donald Link, Paula Disbrowe

An untamed region teeming with snakes, alligators, and snapping turtles, with sausage and cracklins sold at every gas station, Cajun Country is a world unto itself. The heart of this area—the Acadiana region of Louisiana—is a tough land that funnels its spirit into the local cuisine. You can’t find more delicious, rustic, and satisfying country cooking than the dirty rice, spicy sausage, and fresh crawfish that this area is known for. It takes a homegrown guide to show us around the back roads of this particularly unique region, and in Real Cajun, James Beard Award–winning chef Donald Link shares his own rough-and-tumble stories of living, cooking, and eating in Cajun Country.

Link takes us on an expedition to the swamps and smokehouses and the music festivals, funerals, and holiday celebrations, but, more important, reveals the fish fries, étouffées, and pots of Granny’s seafood gumbo that always accompany them. The food now famous at Link’s New Orleans–based restaurants, Cochon and Herbsaint, has roots in the family dishes and traditions that he shares in this book. You’ll find recipes for Seafood Gumbo, Smothered Pork Roast over Rice, Baked Oysters with Herbsaint Hollandaise, Louisiana Crawfish Boudin, quick and easy Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits with Fig-Ginger Preserves, Bourbon-Soaked Bread Pudding with White and Dark Chocolate, and Blueberry Ice Cream made with fresh summer berries. Link throws in a few lagniappes to give you an idea of life in the bayou, such as strategies for a great trip to Jazz Fest, a what-not-to-do instructional on catching turtles, and all you ever (or never) wanted to know about boudin sausage. Colorful personal essays enrich every recipe and introduce his grandfather and friends as they fish, shrimp, hunt, and dance.

From the backyards where crawfish boils reign as the greatest of outdoor events to the white tablecloths of Link’s famed restaurants, Real Cajun takes you on a rollicking and inspiring tour of this wild part of America and shares the soulful recipes that capture its irrepressible spirit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307395818
Publisher: Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date: 04/21/2009
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 334,561
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

DONALD LINK is the chef-owner of Herbsaint and Cochon in New Orleans. He won the James Beard Best Chef South Region Award in 2007.

PAULA DISBROWE is the author of Cowgirl Cuisine and co-author of Susan Spicer’s Crescent City Cooking. She lives in Austin, Texas.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining, in-depth look into cajun cooking. I cant imagine making my own boudin, but I could with this book. A few practical recipes and lots of colorful info on cajun tradition and cooking. Good gift for a southwestern or Louisianan.
LAHamm More than 1 year ago
I am a native Louisianian, and am often amused at what people think is Cajun cooking. Chef Link is a real Cajun (not a pejorative term in Acadiana), and his recipes sing for lovers of real Louisiana Cajun food. Anyone who owns a restaurant named after the noble hog (Link's New Orleans spot is named "Cochon") is okay in my book. If you are looking for prissy Creole dishes ala New Orleans' signature restaurants such as Galatoire's and Commander's Palace, this is not the book for you. But if you want real, rustic, hardcore Louisiana Cajun dishes, grab this book for your collection.
julesamom More than 1 year ago
I borrowed this from the library in the fall of '09 and kept renewing it, it was so good! My family got it for me as a Christmas present. I have made the fried meat pies, biscuits, twice baked potatoes and the hush puppies so far. All the instructions are clear, and the writing is very conversational and entertaining. And of course the photography is beautiful and makes your mouth water!
TulaneGirl More than 1 year ago
I have been steadily eating my way through this book and it hasn't steered me wrong yet. Not only is it a beautifully presented book, almost beautiful enough to have on your coffee table, it's more than just a pretty facade. It's filled with true cajun dishes with authentic flavors. Plenty of kick and spice. The dishes are relatively easy and don't require complicated culinary tools or ingredients. A true delight.
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64640 More than 1 year ago
I thought with a name like Link, what does this guy know about Cajun food? Apparently everything!! Was totally surprised..... not only is he a real Coons a$$.... he knows what he is talking about. The recipes are down to earth and explained in a way that a non-cook can follow. Not only will the food get you hooked, the stories that accompany each recipe will take you back to your own grandparents' kitchen table. Only going to give it 5 Stars, because they don't have 10..... Thank you Mr. Link for the journey; I was able to see Acadia through your words and recipes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a history book that tells a great story as well as a book that has true cajun recipes. It is an easy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love this book, great hints, great recipes, good reading about the cajun lifestyle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a native of South Louisiana, I thoroughly enjoy reading and using Donald Link's book. The stories are so heartfelt and entertaining while bringing a real sense of the Cajun culture to life. Each page makes my mouth water for more. The recipes are very authentic and very easy to follow.
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