Matt Haines’s interest in king cake was sparked in 2017 while eating more than 80 varieties during a single Carnival season. That same year, he hiked the Appalachian Trail using the trail name “King Cake.” Based in New Orleans, Haines writes professionally about food, travel, current events, and inspirational people. He’s written for Voice of America, CNN Underscored, Zagat, Fodor’s Travel, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate, Gambit Weekly, Very Local New Orleans, and others.
10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
State Capitol, House Committee Room 1
King Cake, Beads, and Mardi Gras Indians: Iconic Mardi Gras
with Matt Haines, Doug MacCash, and Nikesha Elise Williams
Noon to 12:45 p.m.
Cavalier House Bookselling Tent
The Big Book of King Cake: The Stories & Bakers Behind New Orleans’ Sweetest Tradition
"I once ate more than eighty king cakes in a single Carnival," author Matt Haines proudly remembers, demonstrating his dedication to this delicious Mardi Gras tradition. "So you can imagine how amazed I was to learn there has never been a coffee table book dedicated to king cakes!"
The Big Book of King Cake changes that, telling the thousands-year-old story through lush photography of more than one hundred and fifty unique king cakes, as well as stories from the diverse and talented bakers who make them.
While king cakes are typically only available during Carnival season, readers can enjoy this book year-round. From the traditional cakes generations of New Orleanians have loved, to the unconventional creations that break all the rules, this book is your guide to the Crescent City's favorite baked good.
The Big Book of King Cake is for anyone who loves food, history, sweets, culture, and of course, New Orleans.
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