Cooking for the Culture: Recipes and Stories from the New Orleans Streets to the Table (Hardcover)

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Food and cookbooks tell stories of our past, present and future. This book is beautiful in its candor and honesty and an absolutely delicious journey into the life of author Toya Boudy. Toya's journey to reclaim and own the food and culture that is such a vital part of her identity is eye opening and engaging. This is the book for our June 2023 "Food for Thought" book club and I cannot wait to eat our way through it while we talk about all of the amazing topics that Toya brings to the table.

— Rebecca G


An intimate celebration of New Orleans food and its Black culture from a born-and-raised local chef.

Toya Boudy’s father grew up in the Magnolia projects of New Orleans; her mother shared a tight space with five siblings uptown. They worked hard, rotated shifts, and found time to make meals from scratch for the family. In Cooking for the Culture, Boudy shares these recipes, many of which are deeply rooted in the proud Black traditions that shaped her hometown. Driving the cookbook are her personal stories: from struggling in school to having a baby at sixteen, from her growing confidence in the kitchen to her appearances on Food Network. The cookbook opens with Sweet Cream Farina, prepared at the crack of dawn for girls in freshly ironed clothes—being neat and pressed was important. Boudy recounts making cookies from her commodity box peanut butter; explains the know-how behind Smothered Chicken, Jambalaya, and Red Gravy; and shares her original television competition recipes. The result is a deeply personal and unique cookbook.

About the Author

Toya Boudy has appeared on Guy’s Grocery Games, TLC, and Food Network. Crowned Best Home Cook by Hallmark’s Home & Family Channel, Boudy is an ambassador for the New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network. She lives with her family in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781682687451
ISBN-10: 1682687457
Publisher: Countryman Press
Publication Date: February 7th, 2023
Pages: 240
Language: English