When New Orleans chef Toya Boudy agreed to participate in the Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family Show in 2017, she was fresh off being eliminated from a different cooking show and nursing a bruised self-confidence. This beignet recipe proved a pick-me-up, earning Boudy $25,000 in prize money and sparking enduring relationships with the cast and crew.
Her new cookbook, Cooking for the Culture: Recipes and Stories from the Streets of New Orleans to the Table, weaves delicious Southern recipes with autobiographical poetry, pictures, and narratives, so each dish has a story of its own. These delightful pillowy pastries may not win you a stack of cash, but you’ll feel like a champion when you serve up these showstoppers from your own kitchen.
The cookbook is on sale February 7. Find Boudy’s Praline Bacon recipe here.