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Lena Richard’s New Orleans Cook Book: A Groundbreaking Story of Innovation and Resilience

August 5th, 2021 @ 6:45 PM - 8:15 PM


Chef Dee Lavigne cooks up classic creole while discussing the history of the iconic Lena Richard, a Black chef and entrepreneur from New Orleans. Richard self-published a cookbook in 1939. A year later, the book was republished as New Orleans Cook Book in 1940, the first Creole cookbook written by a Black author.


Smithsonian Associates
(202) 633-3030
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