Folks who enjoy boating or other outdoor activities such as camping, picnics or patio get-togethers will love the terrific new book from well-known cookbook author and longtime Times-Picayune newspaper columnist Marcelle Bienvenu.
“No Baloney On My Boat!” (Acadian House Publishing, hidden spiral-bound hardcover, $17.95) features 60 tasty, easy-to-make recipes “to be enjoyed in the great outdoors.” The little cookbook - it’s only 5x7-inch paper size and 141 pages - is a good size to tuck in with fishing or camping gear.
“There is no reason to be on the water, whether it be a bayou, river, lake or even the high seas, armed with soggy bologna sandwiches or smashed devil eggs,” Bienvenu writes in the introduction.
Bienvenu, a chef/instructor at the John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University, says that with a little preparation, you can enjoy tasty and nutritious meals. She offers tips for how to prepare for an onboard meal and how to keep perishable food safely stored.
The five dozen recipes are divided into six chapters: Breakfast; Appetizers & Snacks; Sandwiches; Soups/Sides/Salads; Main Courses; and Desserts. They range from Crunchy Breakfast Bread and Roasted Red Pepper Dip to Grilled Steaks With Onions & Peppers and Pecan Cookies.
The book includes no photographs, but is illustrated with attractive two-color drawings by Angelina Leger, of Lafayette. Bienvenu will be giving a cooking demonstration class and holding a book signing at BD Kitchen Co. June 18. See ‘What’s Happening’ for details.
Fig season will be here soon, a good time to try this recipe from the book.