Hungry for Louisiana, An Omnivore’s Journey

Find it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble,, Books-a-Million, in many regional bookstores (chain and independent) and through the LSU Press. It’s also available as an e-Book.

“In Hungry for Louisiana. An Omnivore’s Journey, award-winning journalist Maggie Heyn Richardson reveals the way that food sets a powerful tempo to life in the Bayou State, a place where eating locally and seasonally existed well before it was fashionable. Whimsically told and thoughtfully reported, the book provides a fresh look at eight of the state’s most emblematic foods: crawfish, jambalaya, snoballs, Creole cream cheese, file’, blood boudin, tamales, and oysters, revealing angles not reported elsewhere. Richardson takes readers on a journey into Louisiana farms, meat markets, restaurants, festivals, culinary competitions, roadside vendors and other spots where she interviews the men and women responsible for producing these memorable items as well as those who cook and enjoy them. An engaging look at the way food informs identity, Hungry for Louisiana will tug at the heartstrings of anyone who has ever lived in this bizarre and homespun state as well as those who want to know more about it.”


This Week in Louisiana Agriculture, 2 minute YouTube clip with interview with Maggie.

The Baton Rouge Advocate

“…nicely written essays about Louisiana culinary traditions…. no stuffy academic read. It’s a pleasant way to learn more about why we remain “Hungry for Louisiana.”

Review, Country Roads Magazine

“Richardson has a knack for bringing the landscape of local food traditions to life.”

The Times-Picayune,

“In the more than two decades Maggie Heyn Richardson has called Louisiana home, her perception of time has shifted a little. It’s been about more than noticing the wet heat of summer or the exciting breeze that accompanies football in the fall. Time is about what we eat, and what we eat is about who we are.”

Louisiana Eats! public radio program produced at WWNO in New Orleans with Poppy Tooker. I’m really proud that mine was the first interview Poppy did at her new studio at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum.

Bite and Booze Radio Show with Jay Ducote (4-18-15, Part One)

Loved hanging out with my friends Jay Ducote, Blair Loup and Blaise Calandro at Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar. We discussed Hungry for Louisiana as well as Baton Rouge’s growing restaurant scene. At the time, we had no idea that Jay was soon to be featured on Food Network’s Next Food Network Star!

225 Magazine Baton Rouge, “One Tasty Journey,” insights about writing Hungry for Louisiana, A Omnivore’s Journey