Louisiana Eats

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!

Hospitality For The Mind, Body & Soul

Hospitality For The Mind, Body & Soul
August 19, 2017

On this week's show, we meet some individuals who are doing their part to make the world a better place through food.    We begin with the remarkable story of JoAnn Clevenger of the Upperline Restaurant. While she is known first and foremost for her beloved restaurant, JoAnn has taken on many different endeavors over the years, all with the unifying purpose of bringing people together.   Several contemporary health problems originate from eating foods with... Read More »

Listening To The Flip Side Of History

Listening To The Flip Side Of History
August 12, 2017

To tell a truly engaging story, you have to dig deep beneath the surface. When it comes to radio storytelling, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, also known as the Kitchen Sisters, are masters. Through projects like Lost and Found Sound and Hidden World of Girls, the independent producers tell stories for NPR and online "from the flip side of history." On this week's show, we take a journey in sound with... Read More »

Le Grand Hoorah On The Cajun Prairie

Le Grand Hoorah On The Cajun Prairie
August 5, 2017

Louisiana Eats is on the road again, this time to Evangeline Parish, where residents show pride for their French, Cajun, and Creole heritage through their food, music, and traditions. On this week's show, we participate in the annual Le Grand Hoorah celebration, while hitting many iconic spots along the Cajun Prairie. We begin in downtown Mamou, where our gracious host Valerie Cahill gives us a grand welcome at the historic Hotel Cazan. Then, we grab... Read More »

Nourishing Change

Nourishing Change
July 29, 2017

The South has a rich and varied food history, but too often it's reduced to stereotype. On this week's show, we explore the influence of the South on America’s culinary identity, and the central role African-American and immigrant cooks played in its formation.    We speak with John T. Edge, author of The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South. John T., who serves as director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, describes the... Read More »

Victuals And Spider Legs

Victuals And Spider Legs
July 22, 2017

On this week’s show, we take a sonic journey through Appalachia to explore the history and legacy of its unique foodways.   We begin with Troy Ball, whose hobby as a moonshiner became a means of helping her family survive financial ruin. Troy’s memoir, Pure Heart, tells a very personal story of raising two special needs sons while becoming the first legal female moonshiner in Southern history.   In the heart of Kentucky, there is no drink... Read More »

An Ocean Of Cocktails

An Ocean Of Cocktails
July 15, 2017

It's July in New Orleans, which means two things: scorching temperatures and the hottest event in the spirits world -- Tales of the Cocktail! On this week's show, we look at the annual summertime conference that brings the international cocktail scene to the Crescent City.   We begin with Maggie Campbell, head distiller at Privateer Rum, a historic rum company in a seaside New England town. A kind of privateer in her own right, Maggie describes how... Read More »

Collection Or Obsession:  Louisiana Eats Explores The World of Culinary Collecting

Collection Or Obsession: Louisiana Eats Explores The World of Culinary Collecting
July 8, 2017

On this week’s show, we spend a day in the life of Louisiana’s most fascinating culinary collectors.   We begin in the French Quarter at Lucullus Antiques, where owner Patrick Dunne takes us into the mind of a collector and describes his favorite hidden gems of the culinary collecting world.   Then, we take a visit to Kitchen Witch, a shop of books for cooks. When Philippe LaMancusa began his career in the restaurant industry back... Read More »

Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em

Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em
July 1, 2017

On this week's show, just in time for the Fourth of July, we're celebrating the good old-fashioned American barbecue and the even older tradition of curing meat for preservation and eating.We begin with Rien Fertel, author of The One True Barbecue, who demystifies the role of the pit master in the tradition of whole hog barbecue in Tennessee and the Eastern Carolinas. Rien’s exhaustive research led him to some of the... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:Ranchers, Farmers And Fishermen Of The Mississippi Watershed

Louisiana Eats:Ranchers, Farmers And Fishermen Of The Mississippi Watershed
June 23, 2017

On this week’s show, we take an in-depth look at the unlikely conservationists who work along the Mississippi River watershed.    We begin with author Miriam Horn, whose book Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman profiles five people who sustain production while preserving their environment. Miriam joins us to talk about her discovery — that there’s much more that unites Americans than divides us.   Then, we speak to a few of the conservationists featured in Miriam’s book, starting with Justin... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  Delta Hot Tamales

Louisiana Eats: Delta Hot Tamales
June 17, 2017

On this week’s show, we travel to Greenville, Mississippi for their annual Delta Hot Tamale Festival.    We begin by speaking with author Julia Reed, who participates as the festival’s official Pizzazz Consultant. Julia’s writing has graced the pages of Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue Magazine and Garden and Gun. She shares memories of the very first Hot Tamale Festival and the significance of the hot tamale in the Mississippi Delta.   Leading off the festival, Julia facilitates a... Read More »

Champions Of Breakfast

Champions Of Breakfast
June 10, 2017

On this week's show, we're up at the crack at dawn to examine what many consider to be the most important meal of the day: breakfast. First, we speak with John Currence, the James Beard Award-winning chef who has earned the title of "Big Bad Chef" at his revered restaurant, Big Bad Breakfast. John tells us tall tales from his breakfast joint in Oxford, Mississippi. Next, we experience breakfast after midnight at the 24-hour Trolley Stop... Read More »

Louisiana Eats:  Ten Restaurants, Four Seasons

Louisiana Eats: Ten Restaurants, Four Seasons
June 3, 2017

On this week’s show, we take an in-depth look the evolution of restaurant dining in the America and speak with the co-owner of one the nation's top restaurants.We begin by exploring two centuries of historical and cultural changes with acclaimed Yale historian Paul Freedman. His book Ten Restaurants That Changed America weaves together culinary and social history, from the innovators of roadside dining to the vanguards of haute cuisine.On Paul Freedman's short list... Read More »

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