Louisiana Eats!

Saturdays at 1pm
  • Hosted by Poppy Tooker

Louisiana Eats! is a radio show for people who cook and people who love to eat well—all with a Louisiana point of view and Poppy’s distinctive Louisiana voice.

In each program listeners join Poppy as she meets people who produce, cook, and eat the foods we enjoy and treasure—exploring kitchens and stores, farms and waterways where favorite foods are produced and prepared. And because Louisianans love all kinds of food, Poppy won’t limit herself to shrimp creole and hot sauce!

Delve into the supernatural on this week's Louisiana Eats! We're speaking with Manbo Sallie Ann Glassman about the role food plays in ceremonial vodou. Listen closely and the spirit will move you.

Spirits also leave behind their recipes, according to Mary Ann Winkowski. She's been able to speak with ghosts since her childhood and know several reasons why they stick around. And death has visited the Hermann-Grima House in the French Quarter; we'll take a took to learn about the customs of a 19th century funeral and the importance of food on All Saints Day. 

If all of this is too spooky for you, stick around for a light-hearted chat with Clare Crespo for ways to spruce up your Halloween holiday. 

On this week's Louisiana Eats! we speak with Adrian Miller about his new book, Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, a self described love-letter to African-American cooks. Adrain traces the history of this particular cuisine and theorizes why it might be in jeopardy.

And for years the Amazonian rainforest has been in jeopardy. We hear from Louisiana native and ethno-botanist Dr. Mark Plotkin about the way it shapes our Louisiana table. Plus, Ryan Hughes also joins the program to discuss an exotic fruit he's just started working with: Dragon Fruit.

The Importance of Being Slow

Feb 16, 2013

On this week's Louisiana Eats! Poppy sits down for an extended chat with Richard McCarthy, a homegrown hero who provided leadership to the Crescent City Farmer's Market for more than fifteen years. Richard speaks about the work he's done in New Orleans and discusses his recent appointment as Slow Food USA's executive director. Poppy also hears how David Buchanan locates, preserves, and harvests local flavors in the remote villages of Maine. 

Why Don't We Do It In The Road?

Feb 9, 2013

On this week's Louisiana Eats, we're talking about the American food truck phenomenon on a national and local level. Writer John T. Edge will speak about his new book, Truck Food Cookbook. And then we'll discuss the different food truck scenes in New Orleans and Baton Rouge by speaking with two different food truck operators.


From Snout to Tail

Feb 2, 2013

This week we'll take an extended investigation into the meat markets of Louisiana. First, we'll hear from the owners and operators of Cleaver & Company, a new boutique butcher shop in New Orleans.Then, Dr. Lawrence Powell discusses the consequences of the 1873 U.S. Slaughterhouse Cases, which inadvertently paved the way for Jim Crow laws to be enacted in the 20th century. Plus, Poppy spends time with Wynton Marsalis and chats with foodie Betty Fussell.

 


Tales from the Happy Country Home

Jan 30, 2013

On this week's Louisiana Eats! Poppy celebrates the Chinese New Year and begins the countdown to Mardi Gras.  First, the folks at Bayou Teche Brewery talk about the preparations they've made for Carnival Season and what they've brewed for the occasion. Then, Audra Ang discusses the time she spent in China as a journalist and the book her journey produced: To the People, Food is Heaven.


From the Big Apple to the Big Easy

Jan 19, 2013

On this week's Louisiana Eats!, Poppy hears expert advice from a bartender, a culinary historian, and a doctor. First, New York City bartender Don Lee discusses the science of mixing drinks in the Big Apple. Then, Michael Twitty talks about his travels along the Southern Discomfort tour. Finally, Dr. Gourmet returns with advice about keeping healthy in the new year.


2012 Year in Review

Dec 29, 2012

As we look back at the past year we'll listen to some of our fan favorite interviews including Leah Chase, Terrance Osborne, and Aaron McCargo.

Christmas Treats & Trips

Dec 23, 2012

Join us as we celebrate Christmas on Louisiana Eats! Tariq Hanna of Sucre discusses a recent trip to Switzerland that resulted in his own customized chocolate. Then, after we travel to Natchitoches for the Christmas Festival of Lights, historian Rien Fertel tells us forgotten stories about the praline.


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