On Louisiana Eats! NOLA food icon Poppy Tooker takes us into Louisiana's wide open fields, deep waters, bustling markets, and busy kitchens. Poppy's people are carrying on the traditions of Louisiana's wholly local but universally celebrated food, from farm to table, and sometimes barroom! Poppy roams the State to find the folks whose inspiration and innovation are taking the abundant wealth of Louisiana's food culture into the future. Let's eat!
On this week's show, we’re getting an aromatic education in herbs and spices.
First, we speak with Lior Lev Sercarz, a chef, spice blender, and owner of La Boîte in New York City. Lior discusses his career's trajectory from sergeant of the Israeli army to spice master, and explains why he believes both home cooks and professional chefs will benefit from delving into spices.
Then, Natasha MacAller, also known as “The Dancing Chef,” describes her journey from professional ballerina to celebrated chef, a path that led to her new book, Spice Health Heroes.
Next, we stop by Rosalie Apothecary in the Faubourg St. John neighborhood of New Orleans. During our visit, owner and Western folk herbalist Christiane Wurmstedt shares some wisdom about culinary herbs and local foraging.
We also consider a different kind of herb. Geryn Angel invented a machine he calls Magical Butter, which infuses any sort of herb, including cannabis, to make healing oils and flavorful butters.
We’re spicing up your life on this week’s Louisiana Eats!