“I loved being in the kitchen with my mother and I absorbed all her passion for cooking. This book reflects my family story and our traditions: I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I do.”
Ann Cuiellette is a native of New Orleans who grew up in a large, Creole family―the twelfth of thirteen children. All of the dishes in this Cookbook are family recipes, but each include a story about Ann’s experience with that dish growing up in a household filled with love, energy, camaraderie, sometimes chaos, but most of all great food! It’s a Cookbook and a Storybook.
After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Ann wanted to find a way to honor her family heritage, especially since she had siblings who lost their homes in this tragedy.
David Steward, Chairman, World Wide Technology, Inc.:
“Ann’s willingness to share her Creole cuisine with our St. Louis-area charitable organizations is a wonderful testament to her and her family. We are grateful to have that kind of legacy, serving the BEST of Louisiana cooking in our community. Her food rocks!”
Chef Leah Chase, Dookie Chase Restaurant, New Orleans
“I have known Ann Cuiellette’s family for many years, and all the recipes in her cookbook are authentic New Orleans Creole dishes. I am happy to see their legacy continue with this cookbook and the stories about her family.”
George Herbert Walker III, former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary
“Classic Creole is a must-read not only for those who treasure New Orleans dishes but also for the charm and flavor that comes from the author with memories of her family upbringing. Readers will delight in the recipes and the stories that accompany them.”
Pam Nicholson, President/COO, Enterprise Holdings
“Whether she’s in the office or in the kitchen, Ann Cuiellette does everything with Passion. When you sit down to one of her special dinners, you’re surrounded by Ann’s love for both people and food. Her cooking is a rare gift that nourishes the soul as well as the body.”