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November 2, 2005
What do people talk about in South Louisiana? Certainly people talk often about their heritage as Cajuns, descendants of the Acadians exiled from Nova Scotia. People often discuss the vibrant cultural life surrounding cities such as Lafayette, with world-renowned artists and artisans, rich and varied musical performances, and the splendor of the natural world throughout the state.

Without fail, though, if you talk to someone from South Louisiana for more than a minute or two, invariably they will want to talk about the most beloved of South Louisiana’s treasures: food.

Something to Talk About - Occasions We Celebrate in South Louisiana is both a celebration of special occasions like Mardi Gras, Thanksgiving, game-day tailgating and Lent, and a celebration of the famous Louisiana pantry, stocked not only with a wealth of seafood, but with everything to make favorite meals of ordinary ingredients into something special.

Many favorite dishes from South Louisiana are now well-known and this cookbook would not be complete without a few favorite gumbos, jambalayas, and étouffées tested by Cajun families for generations. Something to Talk About takes traditional Louisiana cuisine a step further and includes dozens of other recipes dear to the hearts of the region, exploring the state’s bounty beyond seafood. Fresh satsumas shine in Injected Pork Roast with Tangy Satsuma Sauce; a unique spice blend enlivens Cajun Fried Turkey; and old-fashioned Marbled Cane Syrup Cake sweetens any guest’s visit. These are just a few of the hundreds of recipes the Junior League of Lafayette has selected and tested to enliven delicious celebrations for decades to come.

Something to Talk About includes twelve occasional menus for celebrations large and small, formal and informal to bring the spirited lifestyle of South Louisiana to all who read, cook from, and enjoy it.

Occasions We Celebrate in South Louisiana
ISBN: 0-935032-51-7
224 pp.
230 recipes
For more information, contact the Junior League of Lafayette at 337-988-2739 or

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