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St. Vincent de Paul’s new cookbook serves up Food for the Body and Soul
January 6, 2009


Inspired by the psalm and hymn, “Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord,” the Baton Rouge chapter of St. Vincent de Paul has released a cookbook, Taste and See: Food for the body and soul.

The reason for publishing this cookbook is two-fold. The first, to raise funds so that St. Vincent de Paul might continue meeting the needs of the most vulnerable individuals and families throughout greater Baton Rouge. The second is to share classic Louisiana recipes, which represent the melting pot of cultures that have come to establish their mark in the Pelican State, and in turn enrich people’s souls with good meals and many reasons to have a thankful soul.

The Smoked Wood Duck and Andouille Gumbo is a great recipe for a rich gumbo, and one that reflects the Cajun tradition of hunting and trapping in the resource-rich bayous throughout south-central Louisiana. Another classic is Mama’s Chicken Fricassee, which is best when cooked in an old cast-iron pot.

Usually you buy boudin, the Cajun pork and rice sausage, in the grocery or enjoy it at a restaurant, but there is a great and feasible Boudin Blanc recipe in Taste and See, so you can make your own. Father Jeff’s Corn and Crab Meat Bisque delivers a delicious smooth bisque that is restaurant-quality as well.

The book’s chapter for main courses is full of diverse, interesting recipes that range from African Chicken and Italian Sauce with Meatballs, to Quail with Mushroom Gravy and Pan-Fried Red Snapper with Artichokes and Mushrooms.

The vegetable chapter has some noteworthy casseroles too: Rosemary and Goat Cheese Smashed Potatoes, Spicy Potato and Corn Casserole, and Speckled Butter Beans with Corn Bread Crust, made with cornmeal, buttermilk, and sour cream for extra richness. Of course, the dessert chapter is loaded with a number of pecan pie variations, bread puddings, pralines, and every goodie, cake, and cookie one could possible desire.

“This publication, we hope, will reach a broad audience of people who share our concern for the poor and homeless and, in turn, generate much-needed resources. Our goal is to educate and enlighten, and in the process, change someone’s life – maybe yours.”

Taste and See: Food for the body and soul (ISBN 978-0-9802337-0-4; $21.95) was published by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Baton Rouge. It is available online at, or by calling 225-383-7837.

Taste and See was edited, designed, and produced by Community Classics, a sister-imprint to Favorite Recipes Press: both of which are imprints of FRP Books, Inc.

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