Robert Carriker


Robert Carriker (aka Dr. Boudin), a non-native, came to call Louisiana home in 1997 and quickly began surveying and studying the regional cuisine. In 2004, he began, the premier website for taste testing and rating all the links in Louisiana and Beyond. He is recognized as the premier expert on boudin and his work has been featured across the country in newspapers, television, magazines, and exhibits. He lives in Lafayette, Louisiana, with his wife, two daughters, and two Rhodesian Ridgebacks.



1:15 pm to 1:45 pm
State Capitol, Senate Committee Room F
Boudin: A Guide to Louisiana’s Extraordinary Link

2:00 pm to 2:45 pm
Cavalier House Books Tent
Book Signing


Boudin: A Guide to Louisiana's Extraordinary Link

Boudin: A Guide to Louisiana’s Extraordinary Link, Second Edition delves deep into the history and mystique of Louisiana’s most exclusive Cajun food. The book provides historical synthesis of boudin’s transportation and transformation from France in the 1700s to Louisiana’s Acadian, Creole, and Cajun populations. It also uncovers and celebrates the almost territorial devotion that people have to boudin it all its nuanced glory. Chronicling boudin’s story before the mid-1900s is difficult, but beginning in the 1940s, as boudin moved beyond the community hog butcherings known as boucheries and started to be sold commercially, it hit a stride that has yet to slow down.

In addition, Boudin provides in-depth information on dozens of individual boudin makers, offering insight into their histories and their connection to this "Sausage Different.” With gorgeous images by renowned photographer Denny Culbert, the book manages to be both deeply informative and visually compelling.

This updated edition features new photography, historic and modern recipes, updated locations, and the not-to-be-missed story of the birth of the boudin king cake.


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