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Having just returned from a wonderful week in New Orleans, I am looking for a cookbook to recreate my favorite dishes. I am NOT looking for the high end recipes but for the BBQ shrimp and poboy type.
Thank you.

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  1. Ola,

    I think there is at least one decent thread, here, on this subject.

    For my part, I'm partial to Chef Folse's "Encyclopedia of Cajun and Creole Cuisine"...but it is a commitment in dollars/space/time.

    The time-honored "The New Orleans Cookbook" by Rima and Richard Collins is very well regarded.

    If you're interested in Junior League style books, please let us know. There are MANY that may suit your expectations.


    1. Highly recommend veteran food writer "Tom Fitzmorris' New Orleans Food." It's available in paperback, too.

      1. You can't go wrong with Paul Prudhomme's "Louisiana Kitchen" It's out of print I believe, but can find plenty on Ebay. It's our go to for anything Cajun/creole. Best recipe for BBQ shrimp you'll ever find

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        1. re: rexster314

          Absolutely. Paul Prudhomme's "Louisiana Kitchen" is an outstanding book. I just got it from our library system for free. ola, check your library system to see if they have it.

          The only critique I have of the book is many of the recipes use high heat when I think most cooks would get better results by using medium-high heat instead. Not too many things in the cooking world actually need high heat.

          1. re: rexster314

            Amazon has Prudhomme's 1984 Book, and I recommend it. I bought a copy when it was first published.

          2. I recommend La Bonne Cuisine (1980), compiled and published by The Women of All Saints' Episcopal Church in New Orleans. This contains a few restaurant recipes, but many more recipes contributed from other sources. It contains more than 500 recipes, 38 under shrimp.


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            1. re: GH1618

              Also a good book. I got that one as well as Prudhomme's. It's spiral bound so carefully turn the pages. Also available on Amazon.

            2. i enjoy my times-picayune cookbook, and when i looked it up in a search engine, i found this version: http://www.amazon.com/Cooking-Up-Stor...

              i also like "commander's palace" very much, but that is the restaurant's and the brennan family's recipes -- but boy are they wonderful!

              i agree on paul prudhomme's "louisiana kitchen." it gets an A+.

                1. Have most but my 2 favorites are The Collin's book and one i seldom see mentioned, " The 100 Greatest New Orleans Creole Recipes" by Roy Guste,Jr. Use it all the time.
                  Prudhomme rocks but is not traditional NO, but great!

                  1. Most everyone I know from New Orleans grew up with the cookbooks put out by the power and light company.
                    Here is a link to a re-issue which is available online:


                    Like all community books there is a range of recipes - but there are some gems!

                    1. For an instant fix, you can get the recipe for BBQ shrimp from Mr. B's website, if you are ordering a cookbook and need something to stop the 'homesickness' fast. I miss NOLA for weeks on end whenever I come home from a visit.


                      1. "The New Orleans Cookbook" by Rima and Richard Collin is my #1 go-to, with "Chef Paul Prudhomme's Louisiana Kitchen as my #2. (When I cook from one of his recipes I reduce the various peppers and chiles by about half.) So far that's all.

                        You'll also find a lot of New Orleans/Louisiana recipes online, some more credible than others, for things the formal cookbooks don't cover.

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