Food is central in the picturesque plantation country along the Mississippi River in Louisiana between Baton Rouge and the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to wonderful local recipes, this cookbook includes history, humor, people, and places. Vintage photographs of the area and its citizens help make this much more than a cookbook. A trip down the River Road immerses visitors in the spirit of Louisiana, introducing them to the characters who populate the region, the elegant architecture of the old plantation homes, and of course the food. In this historical and culinary guidebook, the life of each home is told through fascinating text, vintage and contemporary photographs, and recipes representative of the traditional fare and evocative of the life once led along the Great River Road.
Anne Butler is a native of St. Francisville and operates a bed and breakfast at the Butler Greenwood Plantation, which has been in her family since the 1790s. Motivated by her love of culture, she has reached a wide audience through articles published in the Los Angeles Times, Country Woman, New Orleans Magazine, and Country Road. She is also the author of Pelican's Audubon Plantation Country Cookbook, Bayou Plantation Country Cookbook, Acadian Plantation Country Cookbook, The Pelican Guide to Plantation Homes of Louisiana, and her memoir, Weep for the Living.