Cajuns like to eat and they like to cook. It’s that simple. And like all good French people, they like to talk about food, too.
Traveling around Louisiana has been a smorgasbord of spice and good eating. But even more fun for me are all the fantastic things I’ve heard Cajuns say about their food. The following quotes are all 100% real, overhead in the short time since I arrived in Louisiana.
- “We fry everything — if we could stick a bike tire in the right kind of batter, we’d eat it.” Gas Station Attendant, Port Fouchon
- “They tried opening a Red Lobster in Lafayette — man, that place closed in less than a year. Cajuns won’t eat no frozen shrimp.” Resident
- “Oh, I never order gumbo when I go out. I already know that mine’s the best.” Housewife, Vermillion Parish
- “I had a foodie from up North in here once. He was tasting my food and telling me there was fennel in it. No way, I said. We don’t know what fennel is down here. If my daddy saw fennel in his backyard, he’d knock it over with a weed eater!” Restaurant owner, Abbeville
- (On tough game meat) “I won’t eat an animal that’s been chased by dogs. That’s disgusting!” Hunter, Chauvin
- “The first person to eat an oyster was either really brave or else really hungry” Oysterman, Houma
- “You’re not gonna see many skinny Cajuns.” Chef, Houma
- “It’s very hard having a restaurant down here. Cooking for people who know how to cook is hard.” Restaurant Cook, Vermillion Parish
- “We call it Slap ya’ Mamma sauce, ‘cuz the food’s so good it makes you wanna slap ya’ mamma,” Housewife, New Iberia
- “A Cajun will always share a recipe with you, but they’ll always leave out one ingredient.” Tourist couple from Baton Rouge