Bibliography of Creole & Cajun Cookbooks

Creole Cajun Cookbooks

I eventually want to have a fairly complete list of Creole & Cajun Cookbooks and where to find them. The above photo is part of my personal collection. If anyone is searching for a particular recipe from a book I have drop me an email, I will see what I can dig up for you.

My Cookbook Page at American Gourmand. A work in progress but a fairly complete list of all of the cookbooks that I admire!

Alphabetical by Title:
The 100 Greatest New Orleans Creole Recipes by Roy F. Guste Jr. (1997 reprint)

The Art of Creole Cookery: A Delicious Composite of Familiar and Not-So-Familiar Creole Recipes Documented with Pertinent Historical Comments by William I. Kaufman and Sister Mary Ursula Cooper (1962)

A Streetcar Named Delicious: I Love New Orleans Cookbook by Todd-Michael St. Pierre (2009)

After The Hunt – Louisiana’s Authoritative Collection of Wild Game & Game Fish Cookery by Chef John D. Folse (2007)

American cooking: Creole and Acadian (Foods of the world) by Peter S Feibleman (1971)

And Still I Cook by Leah Chase (2003)

Antoine’s Restaurant Cookbook by Roy F. Guste, Jr. (1980)

Arnaud’s Restaurant Cookbook by Kit Wohl, Linda Ellerbee (foreward), David Spielman (2005)

Austin Leslie’s Creole-Soul: New Orleans’ Cooking With a Soulful Twist by Austin Leslie and Marie Rudd Posey (2000)

Breakfast at Brennan’s and Dinner, too: The original and most recent recipes from New Orleans’ world-famous Brennan’s Restaurant and a tribute to its founder, Owen Edward Brennan by Pip Brennan, Jimmy Brennan, and Ted Brennan (1994)

Brennan’s New Orleans Cookbook by Hermann Deutsch (1961)

Brennans of Houston in Your Kitchen by Carl Walker (2003)

Broussard’s Restaurant Cookbook by Gunter & Evelyn Preuss (1996)

The Buster Holmes Restaurant Cookbook: New Orleans Handmade Cookin’ by Buster Holmes (1983)

The Buster Holmes Restaurant Cookbook: New Orleans Handmade Cookin’ by Buster Holmes (Reissue 2010)

Cafe Degas Cookbook by Troy Gilbert (2011)

Cajun and Creole Cooking with Miss Edie and the Colonel (2007)

Cajun-Creole Cooking by Terry Thompson (Anderson) (1986)

Cajun Cuisine: Authentic Cajun Recipes from Louisiana’s Bayou Country by W. Thomas Angers (1985)

Cajun Men Cook: Recipes, Stories & Food Experiences from Louisiana Cajun Country by Beaver Club of Lafayette (1997)

Cane River Cuisine: Louisiana’s Finest Recipes by Service League of Natchitoches Inc. (1987)

Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Louisiana Kitchen by Paul Prudhomme (1984)

Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Louisiana Tastes: Exciting Flavors from the State That Cooks by Paul Prudhomme (2000)

Chez Helene: House of good food by Austin Leslie (1984)

Commander’s Kitchen by Jamie Shannon and Ti Adelaide Martin (2000)

Commander’s Palace New Orleans Cookbook by Ella Brennan and Dick Brennan (1984)

Commander’s Wild Side: Bold Flavors for Fresh Ingredients from the Great Outdoors by Ti Adelaide Martin & Tory McPhail (2008)

Cooking Up a Storm: New Orleans Recipes for Recovery by Marcelle Bienvenu & Judy Walker (2008)

Cooking With Cajun Women: Recipes and Remembrances From South Louisiana Kitchens by Nicole Denee Fontenot (2002)

Cooking with the Uglesiches by John Uglesich (2008)

Court of Two Sisters Cookbook by Joseph Fein III and Mel Leavitt (1996)

Creole Feast by Rudy Lombard & Nathaniel Burton (1978)

Creole Gumbo And All That Jazz: A New Orleans Seafood Cookbook by Howard Mitcham (1978)

Crescent City Cooking: Unforgettable Recipes From Susan Spicer’s New Orleans (2007)

The Dooky Chase Cookbook by Leah Chase (1990)

Emeril’s Delmonico : A Restaurant with a Past by Emeril Lagasse (2005)

Emeril’s New New Orleans Cooking by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch (1993)

The Encyclopedia of Cajun & Creole Cuisine by John D. Folse (2004)

Eula Mae’s Cajun Kitchen: Cooking Through The Seasons on Avery Island by Eula Mae Dore and Marcelle Bienvenu (2002)

The Evolution of Cajun and Creole Cuisine by John D. Folse (1989)

Frank Davis Cooks Cajun, Creole, and Crescent City by Frank Davis (1994)

Frank Davis Cooks Naturally N’Awlins by Frank Davis (1990)

Frank Davis Makes Good Groceries!: A New Orleans Cookbook by Frank Davis (2008)

The Frank Davis Seafood Notebook by Frank Davis (1983)

From Woodstoves to Microwaves – Cooking with EnTergy
– this book is no longer available for free download in Adobe (PDF) format. However, I have a PDF version on my hard drive that I would be happy to share via email!

Galatoire’s Cookbook : Recipes and Family History from the Time-Honored New Orleans Restaurant by Melvin Rodrigue, Jyl Benson (2005)

Galatoire’s Restaurant Cookbook by Leon Galatoire (1994)

Great Chefs of New Orleans (Volume 1) (1983)

Great Chefs of New Orleans (Volume 2) (1989)

The Kitchen Table: Brennan’s of Houston by Randy Evans (2006)

Hooks, Lies & Alibis: Louisiana’s Authoritative Collection of Game Fish & Seafood Cookery by John D. Folse & Michaela York (2009)

Gumbo Shop : A New Orleans Restaurant Cookbook by Richard Stewart (1999)

Hot Beignets & Warm Boudoirs by John Folse, John D. Folse (Editor), Ron Manville, Michaela D. York

Jambalaya, Crawfish Pie, File Gumbo: Cajun and Creole Cuisine by Todd-Michael St. Pierre

Justin Wilson’s Homegrown Louisiana Cookin’ by Justin Wilson (1990)

Justin Wilson Cook Book by Justin Wilson (1973)

Justin Wilson Number Two Cookbook: Cookin Cajun by Justin Wilson (1980)

La Bouche Creole by Leon Soniat (1990 reprint)

La Bouche Creole II by Leon E. Soniat (1998)

Lafcadio Hearn’s Creole Cook Book (1885) by Lafcadio Hearn (1990)

Lee Bailey’s New Orleans: Good Food And Glorious Houses by Lee Bailey with Ella Brennan (1993)

LeRuth’s front door back door cookbook by Warren Leruth (1975)

Lost Restaurants of New Orleans by Tom Fitzmorris & Peggy Scott Laborde (2011)

Louisiana Cookery by Mary Land (1954)

Louisiana Real and Rustic by Emeril Lagasse and Marcelle Bienvenu (1996)

Louisiana Seafood Bible, The: Crabs by Jerald & Glenda Horst (2010)

Louisiana Seafood Bible, The: Crawfish by Jerald & Glenda Horst (2010)

Louisiana Seafood Bible, The: Oysters by Jerald & Glenda Horst (2011) (That’s my photo on the cover!!)

Louisiana Seafood Bible, The: Shrimp by Jerald & Glenda Horst (2009)

Louis Evans’ Creole Cookbook by Louis Evans (1991)

The Mr. B’s Bistro Cookbook: Simply Legendary Recipes From New Orleans’s Favorite French Quarter Restaurant by Cindy Brennan (2005)

My Family Table: A Passionate Plea for Home Cooking by John Besh (2011)

My New Orleans: The Cookbook by John Besh (2009)

New Orleans Chef’s Cookbook by Phil Johnson (1988)

New Orleans Classic Appetizers by Kit Wohl (2008)

New Orleans Classic Desserts: Recipes From Favorite Restaurants by Kit Wohl (2007)

New Orleans Classic Seafood by Kit Wohl (2008)

The New Orleans Cookbook by Rima and Richard Collin (1987)

New Orleans Cookbook by Lena Richard (1940)

New Orleans Cuisine by Mary Land (1969)

New Orleans Cuisine: Fourteen Signature Dishes and Their Histories by Susan Tucker (2009)

New Orleans Kitchens: Recipes from the Big Easy’s Best Restaurants by Stacy Meyer & Troy A. Gilbert (2010)

The New Orleans Restaurant Cookbook by Deirdre Stanforth (1976)

The P&J Oyster Cookbook by Kit Wohl (2009)

Palace Cafe: The Flavor of New Orleans by Dickie Brennan (2002)

The Picayune’s Creole Cookbook by The Picayune

Plantation Cookbook: Junior League of New Orleans by Junior League of New Orleans (1992)

The Pleasures of Seafood by Rima & Richard Collin (1995)

The Prudhomme Family Cookbook: Old-Time Louisiana Recipes by the Eleven Prudhomme Brothers and Sisters and Chef Paul Prudhomme by Paul Prudhomme (1987)

Ralph Brennan’s New Orleans Seafood Cookbook by Ralph Brennan (2008)

Real Cajun: Rustic Home Cooking from Donald Link’s Louisiana by Donald Link (2009) (Read my Review!)

Roux Memories: A Cajun-Creole Love Story with Recipes by Belinda Hulin (2010)

The Southern Po’ Boy Cookbook: Mouthwatering Sandwich Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans by Todd-Michael St. Pierre (2013)

Stir the Pot: The History of Cajun Cuisine by Marcelle Bienvenu, Carl A. Brasseaux and Ryan A. Brasseaux (2008)

Talk About Good by Lafayette Junior League Members, Junior League of Lafayette (1967)

Talk About Good II by Lafayette Junior League, Junior League of Lafayette (1997)

Uglesich’s Restaurant Cookbook by John Uglesich, Neil Alexander (photographer) (2004)

Who’s your mama, are you Catholic, and can you make a roux?: A family album cookbook by Marcelle Bienvenu (1991)

Who’s Your Mama, Are You Catholic & Can You Make A Roux? (Book 2): A Cajun / Creole Family Album Cookbook by Marcelle Bienvenu (2008)

Williams Sonoma New Orleans (2005)

You Are Where You Eat: Stories and Recipes from the Neighborhoods of New Orleans by Elsa Hahne (2008)

Books that I love about New Orleans Cuisine & Restaurants:

Etouffee, Mon Amour: The Great Restaurants of New Orleans by Kari McCaffety (2002)

Gumbo Tales: Finding My Place at the New Orleans Table by Sara Roahen (2008)

In Pursuit of Flavor (Virginia Bookshelf) (2000)

Tom Fitzmorris’s Hungry Town: A Culinary History of New Orleans, the City Where Food Is Almost Everything by Tom Fitzmorris (2010)

The Revised New Orleans Underground Gourmet by Richard Collin (1973)

My favorite Southern Cookbooks and books about Southern Cuisine (outside of the above of course):

Charleston Receipts By Juniour League of Charleston South Carolina (original 1965)

Collards & Carbonara: Southern Cooking, Italian Roots by Michael Hudman & Andy Ticer (2013)

Down South: Bourbon, Pork, Gulf Shrimp & Second Helpings of Everything by Donald Link (2014)

The Taste of Country Cooking: 30th Anniversary Edition by Edna Lewis (2006)

Fried Chicken: An American Story by John T. Edge (2004)

Southern Belly: The Ultimate Food Lover’s Companion to the South by John T. Edge (2007)

The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook by Sara Roahen & John T. Edge (2010)

Novels about New Orleans Cuisine:

Liquor by Poppy Z. Brite

Prime by Poppy Z. Brite

Soul Kitchen by Poppy Z. Brite – Haven’t read it yet as it was just released, but can’t wait.

10 thoughts on “Bibliography of Creole & Cajun Cookbooks”

  1. Danno,

    What an amazing site this is! I grew up on the West Bank so I’m very familiar with New Orleans and the culture, as well as the food. You’re doing a remarkable job documenting a truly unique and outstanding cuisine and I hope you continue this project indefinitely. As for the cookbooks, two that I didn’t see on your list that you may find of interest are “La Bouche Creole II” and “The Frank Davis Seafood Notebook”.

    I like both of the Soniat books for the recipes but also for the background information on the culture of the area. I believe that “Creole II” was completed by Leon Soniat’s wife after his death. The Frank Davis book is also very interesting – a lot of good tips on seafood and is more of a “working man’s” cookbook – not fancy but some good dishes.


  2. Danno, All I can tell you is “Thanks”. I was born and raised in Louisiana. My in laws live in Metarie now and we just got back from a family reunion. Their home was damaged in H.K. and it was nice to get back to the crawfish boils, fresh fried catfish, and the gumbo. I am going to use your File’ gumbo recipe tomorrow. I can’t wait!
    Anyway, your collection of recipes really hit home for me and my husband. I love this site and will continue to visit it constantly.
    Thanks again,
    We’ll be seein’ ya.

  3. Do you know about Kitchen Witch Cookbook store in the French Quarter? They have over 5,000 titles and an extensive Creole Cajun section. They are at 631 Toulose St. They ship very inexpensively and take special orders graciously. I found my “storm replacement” copies there.

  4. Hello,my name is Anthony P. Lee and I,m writting to you for help on writting my own cook book. I was a resident of New Orleans, up until Hurricane Katrina uprooted me,now I live in Indio,CA.were I,m begining my new life. Once agan folks I want to know if you can fine it in your hearts to help me, jump start my new life out here. I have tons of recieps I just need some guiedence on how to begin. If you decide to help me my email address is I,m living in a shelter by the name of Martha,s Village & Kitchen the address is 83-791 Date Ave. Indio,CA. 92201, Thank you Anthony P. Lee

  5. Danno,
    My grandmother was Mary Land. She lived for many years in Natchitoches and was a well known outdoorswoman and writer. Family lore has it that she basically gave Grits Gresham his start in his profession. Stories about Mimi are endless. She wrote two cookbooks which
    were out of print for many years but my father informs me they are now available again. The titles are: Mary Land’s Louisiana Cookery, The Louisiana University Press, 1954, and
    New Orleans Cuisine, also through Louisiana University Press.
    She also wrote many cooking columns for magazines like Southern Outdoor Living and others which escape me at the moment. If you can find any of them I think you would find them of value for your collection.
    Robert Land

  6. The best New Orleans cookbook, by far, is The New Orleans Cookbook by Richard and Rima Collin. I’ve used mine so much that I may need a rubber band together. And i can’t replace it as the hard-bound edition, like mine is out of print. BOO!

  7. This is a great list and a fantastic website. I have just moved to the New Orleans area and would like to know which is the one book for Creole and the one book for Cajun cooking that I should have in my collection. Your suggestion shall be greatly appreciated.

  8. Curious Onlooker…that is a tough call. I’m working on a recipe for Daube Creole to make tomorrow and had no less than ten books open tonight! Let me streamline and I will give you a top 3 on both sides in the next few days. On the Creole side though, Creole Feast is in my top 3. More to come!

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