Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Roux Thickens


If my dear friend and neighbor ,

Karen from Ladybug Creek ,

had not had this cookbook and spoken so highly of it,

I never would have initiated

Quest # 3 million and two.

She first wrote about it here.

I am Pavlov’s dog:

easily influenced and copy catting prone.

I am also a sucker for a food story/history.

I always have been.


And so when Karen raved about this cookbook,

Who’s Your Mama, Are You Catholic,

and Can You Make a Roux?,

and knowing what a good cook and historian

 she is,

I ordered it. 

Compiled by New Orleans Picayune food editor Marcelle Bienvenue,

(and aside from the fact that I wish my name


Marcelle Bienvenue-

which sounds so exotic

a la New Orleans- )

this cookbook is an

‘authentic look at the cuisine and culture of South Louisiana’.

Be still my wanna be Louisianan yet also love being a Texan heart.

But then of course as it always does,

 the roux thickened.

I also discovered on Amazon that Ms. Bienvenu,

along with Judy Walker and the Times Picayune staff of

New Orleans,

worked at compiling over 225 important family and historical recipes that

were lost during Hurricane Katrina,

in order to create a cookbook titled

Cooking Up a Storm.

Well, by that point, I was a goner.


And so I ordered both, and they arrived yesterday.


And even though I may not be an official food editor,

I too have a family food history to tell.

I am dragging that long overdue family cookbook project out of the

archives known as my office/guest bedroom closet

to attack in earnest.

For those of you who know me well,

who might be thinking…

”Oh no! Laura’s starting

ANOTHER project,

and she hasn’t finished the others she has blogged about


“And what about that mirror she left propped against her den wall?”

Well, that’s how I roll.

I have to latch onto a project idea when the idea visits,

and besides,

it will all work out. 


Laura Belle Bienvenu


Olive said...

I can make a roux thank God. Yes you should do a cookbook and family history book. With your wit added it would be a delight Laura.

savvycityfarmer said...


you're a hoot ... I can do roux can you

Debra@CommonGround said...

YOU HAVE to write a cookbook, Laura. All you and yo momma's great recipes. and I want a signed copy!!

Gail Dixon said...

I can see why these books inspire you to create your own history. Louisiana is a food-lover's paradise. And I'm finally living back in it. Looking forward to seeing what you create!

Connie said...

Now you realize that you've enhanced Ms. Bienvenu's book sales, in addition to all of us clamoring to buy one from you in the event you get that project completed! Sign me up!

Blondie's Journal said...

I say go for it!! You already have some buyers!


Honey at 2805 said...

Absolutely you should write a cookbook with your family recipes and history! Like Debra, I want a signed copy. So you have already sold two!

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

Don't hold back girl, spread those wings and soar like an eagle!!!

I've gotta feelin' it would be more than fabulous!!

God bless and have a productive day!!! :o)

Jane said...

You made me laugh! Thanks - I needed that today.

Nancy said...

There's always room for another cookbook. These two look great! :)

Nancy's Notes said...

Hey Miss Laura,

That long overdue family cookbook project, it's time sweetheart.


Your bossy friend.

Crafty Texas Girl said...

So happy to find a new blog! As someone who lived in New Orleans for several years, I can you that looks like a great cookbook. I am excited to be your newest follower.

:) Samantha


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