The Fonville Winans Cookbook: Recipes and Photographs from a Louisiana Artist

My co-author, Melinda Winans, and I are excited to announce that The Fonville Winans Cookbook: Recipes and Photographs from a Louisiana Artist will be released by LSU Press September, 2017.

As many art-lovers know, Fonville Winans was the Depression-era photographer who befriended the Cajuns who fished the waters of Grand Isle, Louisiana. Through Fonville’s black-and-white pictures of this isolated population, we have vivid documentation of a hardscrabble way of life that no longer exists.

What many don’t know is that Fonville was an excellent cook. He was also meticulous about writing down everything he did in the kitchen, and when he passed away, Melinda found herself the owner of over 300 of her father-in-law’s recipes.

Our cookbook is a combination of Fonville’s biography, his recipes, and his photographs, many of which have never been published. Even if you don’t like to cook, you’ll learn the fascinating story of a man who was a photographic genius, and whose work is celebrated throughout the world.