In a Cajun Kitchen

Authentic Cajun Recipes and Stories from a Family Farm on the Bayou

by Terri Pischoff Wuerthner, Bruce Turner


When most people think of Cajun cooking, they think of blackened redfish or, maybe, gumbo. When Terri Pischoff Wuerthner thinks of Cajun cooking, she thinks about Great-Grandfather Theodore's picnics on Lake Carenton, children gathering crawfish fresh from the bayou for supper, and Grandma Olympe's fricassee of beef, because Terri Pischoff Wuerthner is descended from an old Cajun family. Through a seamless blend of storytelling and recipes to live by, Wuerthner's In a Cajun Kitchen will remind people of the true flavors of Cajun cooking.
When her ancestors settled in Louisiana around 1760, her family grew into a memorable clan that understood the pleasures of the table and the bounty of the Louisiana forests, fields, and waters. Wuerthner spices her gumbo with memories of Cajun community dances, wild-duck hunts, and parties at the family farm. From the Civil War to today, Wuerthner brings her California-born Cajun family together to cook and share jambalaya, crawfish étoufée, shrimp boil, and more, while they cook, laugh, eat, and carry on the legacy of Louis Noel Labauve, one of the first French settlers in Acadia in the 1600s.
Along with the memories, In a Cajun Kitchen presents readers with a treasure trove of authentic Cajun recipes: roasted pork mufaletta sandwiches, creamy crab casserole, breakfast cornbread with sausage and apples, gumbo, shrimp fritters, black-eyed pea and andouille bake, coconut pralines, pecan pie, and much more. In a Cajun Kitchen is a great work of culinary history, destined to be an American cookbook classic that home cooks will cherish.

  • St. Martin's Publishing Group; April 2007
  • ISBN: 9781429910088
  • Edition: 1
  • Read online, or download in secure ePub format
  • Title: In a Cajun Kitchen
  • Author: Terri Pischoff Wuerthner; Bruce Turner (other)
  • Imprint: St. Martin's Press

In The Press

“Terri Pischoff Wuerther’s In a Cajun Kitchen is the real thing---true Cajun cooking. This is an incredible experience spending time with an old Cajun family. You will treasure the stories and love the recipes!” —Shirley O. Corriher, author of CookWise: The Secrets of Cooking Revealed

“In a Cajun Kitchen rings with the authenticity of food and memory shared across time and place and is destined to become a classic food memoir. Terri Pischoff Wuerthner brings us into her family’s Cajun kitchen not only with love, but with a keen cook’s eye for the details that make old family recipes work in the modern kitchen. I cooked grits for the first time following Terri’s recipe for Cheesy Grits and they are now a stand-by in my kitchen. She is a cook you can trust and a storyteller you can revel in.” —Georgeanne Brennan, Author of The Food and Flavors of Haute Provence

About The Author

Terri Pischoff Wuerthner, a tenth-generation Acadian, is an award-winning culinary writer whose work has appeared in Bon Appetit, Better Homes & Gardens, Cooking Light, Mademoiselle, Sunset Magazine, The Herb Companion, The Washington Post, San Francisco Examiner, Press Democrat, Gastronomica, and Snail. The coauthor of Food for Life: The Cancer Prevention Cookbook, and Everyday Favorites of Sonoma County, Wuerthner lives in northern California, where she teaches Cajun and southern cooking.