Louisiana Eats

Hosted ByPoppy Tooker

On Louisiana Eats! NOLA food icon Poppy Tooker takes us into Louisiana's wide open fields, deep waters, bustling markets, and busy kitchens. Poppy's people are carrying on the traditions of Louisiana's wholly local but universally celebrated food, from farm to table, and sometimes barroom! Poppy roams the State to find the folks whose inspiration and innovation are taking the abundant wealth of Louisiana's food culture into the future. Let's eat!

Tastes and Tales From The East

On this week’s episode, we take a deep dive into the cuisine and culture of Asia, with an emphasis on China. We begin with Karen Christensen, founder of Berkshire Publishing who has pursued her interest in Asia through the amazing books she’s compiled. Karen shares her thoughts and experiences on all things culinary from East Asia to Afghanistan.

Karen Christensen of Berkshire Publishing

Then, Sean Chen joins us to discuss a centuries-old Chinese cookbook called the Suiyuan Shidan, or Way of Eating, written by Qing dynasty poet and gastronome Yuan Mei. Sean has just published a groundbreaking translation of the work that offers readers a window into a bygone world.

Finally, we learn the history of Chinese restaurants in the U.S. with U.C. Irvine professor, Yong Chen. Chen’s book, Chop Suey, USA, follows the history of Chinese cuisine in America – from the first four restaurants in California during the Gold Rush to the nearly 50 thousand Chinese restaurants found across the country today.

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