Feasting Through the Seasons of a Cajun Life


By Melissa M. Martin

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Author of Mosquito Supper Club, James Beard Award Winner for Best Book: U.S. Foodways, IACP’s Book of the Year, and an NPR Best Book of the Year, Melissa Martin shares a year in the life of South Louisiana cooking and all the dishes that are eaten to celebrate life’s big and small moments.

People on the Louisiana bayou mark the seasons of the Cajun calendar with traditions, emotions, and gatherings around the table to feast. In this highly anticipated next book from the author of the James Beard Award-winning Mosquito Supper Club, Melissa Martin shares a year of celebrations, both big and small, through 100 Southern Louisiana recipes that combine humble ingredients, such as onions, potatoes, and peppers, and the local bounty, including shrimp and crabs. Made-to-share recipes like Carnival Crawfish Boil and Etouffee ring in the New Year and kickstart the Carnival season, which is a time for abundance and decadence. Lent unfolds with simple, fresh foods like Cabbage Slaw and Fried Fish Collars. Summer ushers in the bright bounty of shrimp season. Families and friends band together in October for boucheries, feasting on Cracklins and Back Bone Stew, then gather with loved ones for hearty homey holiday dishes like Fried Turkey, Holiday Dressing, and Red Velvet Cake. With illuminating sidebars and stunning photography, Martin illustrates what Cajun people already know: the table is a place for restoration, nourishment, and communion.


  • “The deeply personal recipes and vibrantly immersive photos will take your breath away, but what really pulls you through the pages of <I>Bayou<I> is Melissa’s simple and honest reminder to truly be in the moment, breathe in the important things in life, lean into the rich traditions behind the meals, and perhaps find a renewed love and appreciation for time, place, and togetherness. Her offerings within these pages are everything we need right now.”
    Erin French, chef, owner, and author of The Lost Kitchen

On Sale
Sep 24, 2024
Page Count
368 pages

Melissa M. Martin

About the Author

Melissa M. Martin grew up on the Louisiana coast and has lived in New Orleans for over 25 years. Her first book, Mosquito Supper Club: Cajun Recipes from a Disappearing Bayou, was named a Best New Cookbook by Bon AppétitFood & Wine, NPR, The Splendid Table, Eater, and Epicurious, among others. In 2022,  Martin was given the James Beard Award for writing the Best Book in U.S. Foodways and the IACP named the book Cookbook of the Year and Best American Cookbook. Martin has been nominated twice as Best Chef South by the Beard Foundation. She graduated from Loyola University New Orleans and honed her self-taught culinary skills to a professional level. In 2014, she opened Mosquito Supper Club, a Cajun restaurant created to celebrate the bounty of the shrimpers, oystermen, crabbers, fin and crawfish fishermen, and farmers that define bayou cuisine. She writes about food, life, and love, not always in that order. Follow her on Instagram at @mosquitosupperclub and on X at @mosquitosupper. 

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