Come join us as we celebrate Indies First / Small Business Saturday when author Matt Haines and photographer Randy Krause Schmidt sign THE BIG BOOK OF KING CAKE.
"I once ate more than eighty king cakes in a single Carnival," author Matt Haines proudly remembers, demonstrating his dedication to this delicious Mardi Gras tradition. "So you can imagine how amazed I was to learn there has never been a coffee table book dedicated to king cakes!"
THE BIG BOOK OF KING CAKE changes that, telling the thousands-year-old story through lush photography of more than one hundred and fifty unique king cakes, as well as stories from the diverse and talented bakers who make them.
“For years we’ve been hearing, ‘Someone should write a book about the history of the king cake.’ Well, Matt Haines has done it, telling its incredible story through the eyes of seventy-five New Orleans-area bakers, painting a vibrant picture of our region’s diversity and its tug of war between tradition and modernity. BRAVO!” —Arthur Hardy, Publisher, Mardi Gras Guide
“This book is the most comprehensive collection of New Orleans king cakes that exists! Flipping through the pages is like watching our beautiful traditions come to life in historic and modern ways, all the while making us very hungry.” —Alon Shaya, James Beard Award-Winning Chef
Matt Haines tried to eat as many different versions of king cake that he could during the 2017 Mardi Gras season, and ended up sampling over 80 different varieties. That was just before he hiked the entire Appalachian trail. When he returned to New Orleans from this amazing feat he began his writing career. Since then Matt has written for Voice of America, Lonely Planet, CNN Underscored, Zagat, Fodor's Travel, Rosetta Stone, Great Big Story, AlltimePower, The Times-Picayune, The New Orleans Advocate, Gambit Weekly, Very Local New Orleans and GoNOLA.com, as well as technology companies like Align and nonprofit organizations such as 504ward. Matt loves writing aboutfood, travel and just about anything that helps him better understand people and their unique motivations. He lives in New Orleans.
Randy Krause Schmidt is a New Orleans based portrait and food photographer. He's had a sweet tooth for as long as he can remember, so he was elated to collaborate with Matt Haines on this celebration of such an integral part of the region's food culture and the talented bakers who make it possible. His work has been featured in Vogue, Southern Living, Louisiana Cookin', New Orleans Magazine, Where Magazine, Eater, and others.
"I once ate more than eighty king cakes in a single Carnival," author Matt Haines proudly remembers, demonstrating his dedication to this delicious Mardi Gras tradition.