By C. Paige Gutierrez

ISBN-10: 0878055622

ISBN-13: 9780878055623

Cajun nutrients has develop into a well-liked "ethnic" meals all through the United States over the last decade. This attention-grabbing ebook explores the importance of Cajun cookery on its domestic turf in south Louisiana, a quarter marked via startling juxtapositions of the recent and the previous, the nationally average and the in the community unique.

Neither a cookbook nor a restaurant advisor, Cajun Foodways supplies interpretation to the that means of conventional Cajun nutrition from the point of view of folklife stories and cultural anthropology. the writer takes under consideration the trendy neighborhood pop culture in interpreting conventional foodways of the Cajuns.

Cajuns' awareness to their very own conventional foodways is greater than simply nostalgia or a smart advertising and marketing ploy to entice travelers and promote neighborhood items. The symbolic strength of Cajun nutrients is deeply rooted in Cajuns' ethnic id, specifically their attachments to their normal atmosphere and their love of being with people.

Foodways are a good image for what it potential to be a Cajun this day. The reader attracted to meals and in cooking will locate a lot allure during this ebook, for it illustrates a brand new strategy to take into consideration how and why humans consume as they do.

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CODOFIL has hosted groups of Canadian Acadians visiting Louisiana, sometimes arranging for them to stay in Cajun homes. Some Cajuns who can afford international travel have elected to visit Canada and France, to see their ancestral homelands. Young Cajun intellectuals, inspired by these travels and by the results of Alex Haley's visits to Africa (recounted in his Roots), say that Evangeline is the Cajun Uncle Tom's Cabin, and that there is a now a need for a Cajun parallel to Roots, a book and/or film that would follow a Cajun family from its origins in Acadia to contemporary Acadiana.

The event produces a flurry of activity at sporting goods stores and receives thorough coverage in the local media. Cajuns' image of themselves as competent in the local environment is sometimes expressed symbolically in public settings. For example, festivals that celebrate Cajun ethnicity often include contests or demonstrations of locally useful skills, such as skinning furs, opening oysters, calling ducks, carving duck decoys, racing pirogues, and riding horses. A tee shirt sold in Acadiana in the early 19805 portrayed a "Louisiana Coonass" as a man with webbed feet wearing an array of fishing and hunting equipment.

They love to dance most of all; more than any other people in the colony. At one time during the year, they give balls for travelers and will go ten or fifteen leagues to attend one. Everyone dances, even Grandmere and Grandpere, no matter what the difficulties they must bear. There may be only a couple of fiddles to play for the crowd, there may be only four candles for light, placed on wooden arms attached to the wall; nothing but long wooden benches to sit on, and only exceptionally a few bottles of Tafia [alcoholic beverage made from sugarcane] diluted with water for refreshment.

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