Saturday, March 07, 2009


I pour over book sales for cookbooks in much the same way I did for rock and roll records in the 60's and 70's. Many titles appear and re-appear making me wonder whether they were over-printed or the owners became uninspired with their recipes and culled the cookbooks from their collections.

My library system in Gainesville, FL has two mammoth sales annually and takes in over $300,000 from the two sales. The sale's cookbook section (like all of the other sections) is voluminous and full of gems for the informed shopper. Sometimes, however, I come across works that I have never heard of, but intrigue me nevertheless.

One Cajun cookbook author, Jude Theriot, caught my eye and I bought his excellent cookbook, La Cuisine Cajun, for a pittance. I was immediately intrigued with his take on Louisiana cooking that exceeded many of the standard ideas found in that genre. Plus, he seemed to have a eye on producing Cajun cuisine in as healthy a fashion as possible.

When I read further on Theriot, I found he had some low-carb and healthy-type cookbooks and I ordered a used copy of Cajun Healthy from Amazon. I was not disappointed and am spending the winter working my way through it along with Paul Prudhomme's, A Fork in the Road.

You will not be disappointed by Theriot's works. Recipes like Cajun Nibbles, Banana Crepes, Chicken and Andouille Gumbo, Ground Round Stroganoff, a cache of seafood recipes, and fabulous sides will keep me busy well into the summer. With some work and creativity, Southern food can be healthy and tasty at the same time. Jude Theriot's cookbooks are living proof of that.
Check out Theriot's cookbooks. I will add Cajun Healthy to my Amazon sidebar on the left of the blog to make it easy to access.

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