Robert Carriker, Boudin: A Guide to Louisiana's Extraordinary Link, (Lafayette, University of Louisiana Press, 2012), 76 pages.
Carriker's book is a vertitable celibration of Cajun boudin, featuring the history of this beloved sausage dating back to the very beginings of French, German, and Cajun influences in the whole of the Louisiana Territory, and it pinpoints the amazing culinary creation's cultural value to the people of South Louisiana. A total of 28 boudin shops are featured from Baton Rouge to Lake Charles with stunning photographs from award-winning photographer Denny Culbert and colorful insights gleened from first-hand interviews and oral histories collected through the Southern Foodways Alliance.
Featured Locations Are:
Babineaux’s Slaughterhouse (Breaux Bridge)
Bergeron’s Boudin and Cajun Meats (Port Allen)
Billeaud’s Meat and Grocery (Broussard)
Billy’s Boudin/Ray’s Boudin (Opelousas)
Bourque’s Supermarket (Port Barre)
Charlie T’s Specialty Meats (Breaux Bridge)
Charlie’s Meat Market (Mamou)
Chops Specialty Meats (Broussard)
Cormier’s Country Store (Cankton)
Cormier’s Specialty Meats (Jennings)
Don’s Specialty Meats (Scott and Carencro)
Earl’s Food Center (Lafayette)
Janise’s Supermarket (Sunset)
Jerry Lee’s Kwik Shop (Baton Rouge)
Johnson’s Boucaniere (Lafayette)
Juneau’s Cajun Meats (Marksville)
Kelly’s Meat Block (Opelousas)
Kirk’s U-Need-A-Butcher (Lafayette)
Legnon’s Boucherie (New Iberia)
Mike’s Country Corner (Duson)
Mowata Store (Mowata)
NuNu’s Country Market (aka Broussard’s) and NuNu’s Fresh Market (Youngsville and Milton)
Redlich’s City Cash (Basile)
Richard’s Meat Market (Abbeville)
The Sausage Link (Sulphur)
Sonnier’s Sausage and Boudin (Lake Charles)
T-Boy’s Slaughterhouse (Ville Platte)
Tiny Prudhomme’s House of Meat (Broussard)
Robert Carriker (aka, Dr. Boudin) is the creator and author of www.boudinlink.com, the premier website for taste testing and rating all the links in Louisiana and beyond. He has sampled over 170 different links from Louisiana to Florida, Wisconsin, Idaho, California, Arizona, Texas, and places in between and is recognized as the premier expert on boudin. His work has been featured across the country in newspapers, television, and magazines. Carriker has written articles on boudin for Louisiana Living and Acadian Profile, he wrote the brochure "The Cajun Boudin Trail," he's a contributor to the Southern Foodway's Alliance, and his research and insights were the foundation for the SFA's traveling exhibit on boudin. He's consulted with Roadfood.com, the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission, the Louisiana Departmtne of Tourism, and the Lake Charles Visitor's Bureau.
In addition to BoudinLink.com, Carriker runs the Cajun Boudin Trail (www.Cajunboudintrail.com) and the Cracklin Trail (www.cracklintrail.com). He is the founder of Lafayette's Boudin Cook-Off (www.boudincookoff.com), an annual celebration of boudin held each October in downtown Lafayette. The Boudin Cook-Off was recently listed as one of the top ten best food festivals in America in an article in Gourmet Magazine Live. He also conceptualized the Bread Pudding Taste-Off (held in the spring in Lafayette - www.breadpuddingtasteoff.com). He is an historian, Professor of History at UL Lafayette, and Head of the Department of History, Geography, and Philosophy.