Lafcadio Hearn’s Creole Cookbook

Lafcadio Hearn is the gentleman who gave us the quote, “Times are not good here. The city is crumbling into ashes. It has been buried under taxes and frauds and maladministrations so that it has become a study for archaeologists…but it is better to live here in sackcloth and ashes than to own the whole state of Ohio.” Of course he was referring to our beloved New Orleans.

He also published the first Creole Cook Book in 1885. It’s been reprinted so we have an idea of what the people of the Garden District and New Orleans ate in the late 1800s.

The picture above is a page from the Cook Book that includes part of a “Gombo” description.

If you’d like to try some traditional creole cooking for yourself, you can buy the book here.


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