Read all about Regina’s Thanksgiving Recipes and Tips in the New York Times
Read all about Regina’s amazing creations on the magnificent American Queen in the New York Times
“Regina’s creative interpretations of traditional foods and recipes coupled with her considerable flair and personality have made her legendary among native southerners and visitors alike. Her passion for and knowledge of the food and customs of the Mississippi River culture is infectious. Regina is a regular guest on my television shows and has won many fans with her authentic and warm style.” — P. Allen Smith
Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press, is proud to announce the May 20, 2014, release of MISSISSIPPI CURRENT COOKBOOK: A Culinary Journey down America’s Greatest River, by Regina Charboneau, with a foreword by Julia Reed, an invitation to discover the diverse food and culinary traditions from the ten states that border America’s most important river–and the heart of American cuisine–with 200 contemporary recipes for 30 meals and celebrations, and more than 150 stunning photographs.
Starting at the river’s source in Minnesota, renowned chef/restaurateur Regina Charboneau introduces readers to a Native American wild rice harvest dinner, a Scandinavian summer’s end crayfish party, and a Hmong Southeast Asian New Year’s Eve buffet. Next the book moves to the river’s middle region, from Hannibal to New Madrid, featuring a dinner to honor the man most associated with the Mississippi–Mark Twain. Recipes are supplied for imaginative menus for such occasions as a St. Louis Italian spread featuring the city’s famous toasted ravioli, a farmer’s market lunch, and an Arkansas farm supper influenced by the vast farmlands on both sides of the Mississippi. The lower region, from Beale Street to the Bayous of the Gulf of Mexico, gives an insight into the author’s river roots in Natchez. Included are biscuits, shrimp, smoked tomatoes over creamy grits, a New Orleans-style Reveillon dinner, and a blessing of the fleet dinner inspired by the Vietnamese fisherman who shrimp at the mouth of the river.
Scattered throughout are intriguing sidebars on such topics as how the paddlewheel steamboat came to ply the waters of the Mississippi, the traditional canoe method of harvesting Minnesota wild rice, and the 3,000 mile River Road lining the waterway. Throughout are stunning photographs of local scenery, dishes, and ingredients taken by renowned photographer Ben Fink on the magnificent American Queen riverboat and at farms, historic homes, and towns along the length of the river.
Regina Charboneau has launched numerous top restaurants, including Kings Tavern in Natchez, Mississippi, and Regina’s at the Regis and Biscuits & Blues in San Francisco. She is the Culinary Director of the American Queen, a luxury paddlewheel boat that travels the Mississippi, and was a long-time Southern foodways columnist for The Atlantic. She hosts visitors at Twin Oaks Bed and Breakfast, her antebellum home in Natchez. Visit her at ReginasKitchen.com.
Julia Reed, a contributing editor at Newsweek and Garden and Gun, a regular on CNN, and the author of But Mama Always Put Vodka in her Sangria! and Queen of the Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomena.