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The Interior of Kitchen Witch Bookstore
Kitchen Witch

On this week's show, we look at cookbooks as a cultural artifact and biographical portrait. We begin at Kitchen Witch, a store in New Orleans specializing in rare and used cookbooks. With their shop scheduled to close soon, owners Debbie Lindsey and Philipe LaMancusa look back on two decades of business—and some of their biggest sellers.

Hans and Ragnar Karlsson, former and current owner of the Trolley Stop Cafe  in New Orleans. The family restaurant was featured in the season premiere of "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back."
Photo courtesy of Ragnar Karlsson

Reality food TV may be a boon for networks, but what happens to local chefs and restaurants after the cameras stop rolling? On this week's Louisiana Eats, we talk to people who have participated in food TV in its various forms, with varying results.

On this week’s show, we delve into the wonderful world of cookbooks. We begin with Chef Isaac Toups, who collaborated with acclaimed food writer Jennifer Cole on his debut cookbook, Chasing the Gator. The book pulls back the curtain on the new guard of Cajun cooking. Visit our website to hear a full-length Quick Bites podcast with Isaac, which includes a cracklins tasting and a round of Cajun games.

Louisiana Eats: 2017 Louisiana Eat! Year In Review

Dec 29, 2017
Nature Trail National Scenic Byway District / Wikimedia Commons / Nature Trail National Scenic Byway District / Wikimedia Commons

As 2017 comes to an end, we take a look back at some of our favorite Louisiana Eats moments from the past year.

 

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.

 

Poppy & Chef John Besh
Reggie Morris / Louisiana Eats!

On this week's show, we look at the role food television plays in the lives of several chefs here in New Orleans. 

We begin with one of the youngest stars of food TV, Kaj Hecht, the recent winner of Chopped Junior. To get an understanding of how the 10-year-old New Orleans local came to be a contestant on the program, we invited Kaj and his father Michael into our studio.

 

This week, we’re bringing you a special April Fools edition of Louisiana Eats! One of the stories in this hour is a joke, but the rest are so wild, you may not be able to separate the fact from the fiction!

We begin with zoologist and author Bill Schutt, whose new book focuses on the most taboo of topics: cannibalism. Bill gives us the full story on a truly humanist cuisine.

Isaac Toups Family Christmas
Joe Shriner

The holidays are here and we’re celebrating family food traditions old and new! 

 

We begin at the home of Chef Isaac Toups, where he and his family celebrate Christmas Cajun-style! Culminating an eventful year for Isaac— he earned the title of “fan favorite” on Bravo’s Top Chef: California and opened up a new restaurant in the Southern Food and Beverage Museum: Toups’ South — we join the Toups family for an unforgettable meal. After we finish our s’mores for dessert, we gather round for Isaac’s annual reading of “The Cajun Night Before Christmas.”

Amanda Toups, Isaac Toups & Poppy Tooker at Toups' Meatery.
Joe Shriner

On the cusp of Carnival, the traditional meat celebration before the Lenten fasting begins, we're hosting our very own meat celebration on Louisiana Eats!

Ian McNulty

Cajun tradition meets fine-dining chops at a delicious new find in New Orleans.