Creative Dundee

Cooking up Cajun style


Sarah Savoy is a Louisiana singer and chef with hell-raising credentails. Daughter of legendary Cajun musicians Marc and Ann Savoy, she grew up in the heart of Cajun country and learned her culture around the kitchen table. Sarah brings her musical and cooking repertoire to Dundee at the end of October.

In her new book published by Dundee-based Kitchen Press, The Savoy Kitchen, Sarah brings together recipes from three generations: from her own fresh take on Gumbo and many other Cajun classics to her father’s Courtboillon cooked over an open fire and her grandma’s Fig Drop Cookies. Part-cookbook, part memoir, The Savoy Kitchen is illustrated with drawings by Jen Collins and photographs by her sister, Gabrielle Savoy, which capture perfectly contemporary Cajun life as lived by one of its foremost musical families.

Currently living in Paris, Sarah frequently tours the UK with her band, Sarah Savoy and the Francadians, and is a regular guest at world music festivals. As well as being in demand for her musical skills, Sarah is often booked to lead Cajun cookery demonstrations in which she cooks up a range of authentic Louisiana dishes accompanied with live music from the band.

Sarah is coming to Scotland at the end of October to promote her book – and we have it on good authority that she puts on a great event, which includes singing, playing accordion, cooking up gumbo and telling funny stories of Cajun life growing up and how food and music are absolutely central to family life: ‘A Cajun will never suffer from the “American Dream” to work himself to death just to make a lot of money and have a fancy house. We want to work enough that we can afford to party, get our friends together, cook something, play some tunes, and dance. It’s keeping connected to our families, community and culture that’s helped keep us alive and strong’.
Join Sarah on Thursday 31st October, 6.30pm at Waterstones, in Dundee.
Scotland tour dates:
Weds 30 October, 7.30pm – Cajun Dining Society at Forgans, St Andrews
Thurs 31 October, 12-3pm – Hammerton Store, Aberdeen; 6.30pm Waterstones Dundee
Friday 1 November, 1.05 Radio Scotland – The Kitchen Cafe; 3.30pm Looking Glass Books, Edinburgh.

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