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By C. Paige Gutierrez

Cajun nutrition has develop into a favored "ethnic" nutrients all through the United States over the past decade. This attention-grabbing publication explores the importance of Cajun cookery on its domestic turf in south Louisiana, a quarter marked by way of startling juxtapositions of the recent and the previous, the nationally average and the in the community unique.

Neither a cookbook nor a cafe advisor, Cajun Foodways provides interpretation to the that means of conventional Cajun foodstuff from the viewpoint of folklife stories and cultural anthropology. the writer takes into consideration the trendy local pop culture in interpreting conventional foodways of the Cajuns.

Cajuns' realization to their very own conventional foodways is greater than in basic terms nostalgia or a smart advertising ploy to trap travelers and promote neighborhood items. The symbolic strength of Cajun foodstuff is deeply rooted in Cajuns' ethnic identification, specifically their attachments to their average surroundings and their love of being with people.

Foodways are an efficient image for what it ability to be a Cajun this present day. The reader attracted to meals and in cooking will locate a lot allure during this publication, for it illustrates a brand new strategy to take into consideration how and why humans consume as they do.

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Cajun chef and author Paul Prudhomme writes that "today, in homes, there is still a distinction between Cajun and Creole cooking; in restaurants, little distinction remains. That's why I've begun referring to the two together as one—Lousiana cooking" (Prudhomme 1984:16). Many Breaux Bridge residents say that Creole food is the food of New Orleans and its environs. Some say that Creole cuisine is also the food of the wealthy, white French Creoles, including those who live in Acadiana. These uses of the term Creole food'are consistent with those of the media in both New Orleans and Acadiana, and of the authors of nationally distributed books on regional cuisine in the United States (see, for example, Fiebleman [1971]; and Mitcham [1978]).

The Cajun emphasis on having a good time should not be interpreted as an indication that Cajuns value unbridled hedonism. While it is true that some Cajuns may play up this component of Cajun identity, often on purpose to tease or shock outsiders, they recognize the limits on having a good time. Both hard work and hard play are valued, and the latter is usually not allowed to interfere with the former. While some Cajuns may believe that "God winks at a lot of little things" (Lang 1978:32), they do not believe that anything goes.

When people have an abundance of a particular type of food, because of a successful hunt or a prolific 38 Cajun Foot/ways garden, they are likely to give portions of it to members of their extended family and to friends, who return the favor when they are in a similar situation. Thus, many Cajuns, even those who live in urban areas, have access to ingredients taken directly from the local environment through the informal food distribution network. Cooked foods are also distributed in this manner.

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