Paul Prudhomme's culinary collection, including roughly 600 cookbooks, has been donated to the Southern Food and Beverage Museum.
Several months after celebrity chef and culinary icon Paul Prudhomme died, his collection of 600 cookbooks is available for view at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum
(1609 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 504-267-7460).
Prudhomme’s family donated the late chef’s culinary trove to the museum, where items are displayed and available for reference in the John and Bonnie Boyd Hospitality and Culinary Library. The collection includes cookbooks annotated by Prudhomme and inscribed volumes from foreign and American chefs, including wine and food documents and several books on food science.
“We are touched by this generous gift of Ms. Lori Prudhomme and excited about the prospect of sharing his collection with the interested public,” said museum president Liz Williams.
Prudhomme died in October at the age of 75, following a brief illness. The Opelousas native left a legacy as a highly regarded chef and brought Creole and Cajun cuisine to national audiences in the 1980s. As the executive chef at Commander's Palace and later at his signature restaurant, K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen, Prudhomme inspired a generation of future chefs.
The Boyd Library is located at 1609 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, visit the library’s website here.