Cracklins to boudin: Toups cookbook a treatise on Cajun food
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans chef Isaac Toups celebrates the Cajun cooking he grew up with in his first cookbook.
“Chasing the Gator: Isaac Toups and the New Cajun Cooking” is a treatise on Cajun cooking along with stories about Toups’ culinary upbringing.
Toups hails from Cajun country — a region of south Louisiana settled by French people evicted from Canada.
He has two restaurants in New Orleans.
His favorite food to prepare is crawfish — boiled in a cauldron of water with corn, potatoes, sausage, onions, garlic and spices.
Toups likes the communal aspect of a crawfish boil, with family and friends gathering around a table piled high with crawfish.
The book is also interspersed with descriptions of games that Toups grew up playing — like the Cajun card game boure (BOO’-ray).