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!

Good Eggs New Orleans is connecting farmers, value-added products, and consumers together in a single system. On this week's Louisiana Eats! we'll speak with leaders of the organization's local branch to hear how their work helps reduce farm waste and keeps money circulating locally.

Every holiday has its own of traditions, and New Year's Day is no exception. On this week's Louisiana Eats! we'll hear about a bowl of hoppin' john made with the freshest ingredients, the superstitions behind black-eyed peas, and a roasted cabbage beyond your wildest dreams.

On this week's Louisiana Eats! Poppy goes for a tour around the French Quarter with the authors of the French Quarter Drinking Companion, a new guide to the classy drinking establishments and debauched hole-in-the-walls in the Vieux Carré.

In honor of the incredibly rare occurrence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah overlapping, Louisiana Eats! is building the perfect Thanksgivukkah holiday meal with caterers, cooks and bakers.

First we'll speak with Bertha Pichon, a Creole woman who's been the Kosher caterer in New Orleans for over forty years. The Kosher conversation continues with a chat about traditional Hanukkah cooking preparations with Mildred Covert

Then we'll hear about some of Louisiana's favorite Thanksgiving dishes from Madeline Wright and the NOLA Pie Guy.

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.

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