NEW ORLEANS -- Over the course of its 300-year history, New Orleans’ cuisine has been one of its greatest gifts to the world. Now, as we celebrate the city’s 300th birthday and WWL-TV’s 60th anniversary, consider this our gift to you.

This cookbook is part of a series celebrating New Orleans’ culinary past and present, to coincide with the city’s Tricentennial. What better way to commemorate 300 years of life in the city we love than by celebrating the thing that truly unites us all: food.

That includes classic dishes served in our world-famous restaurants, new favorites being created by the next generation of chefs and down-home family recipes handed down over generations.

For 60 years, Channel 4 has been privileged to celebrate and share many of those recipes with viewers across South Louisiana and Mississippi.

Before there were cable TV networks and websites dedicated to food and recipes, the Eyewitness Morning News was the place to watch Frank Davis make the perfect gumbo – during the breakfast hour.

Many local chefs who are now superstars in their field made some of their first TV appearances on Channel 4. Our current cooking star, the larger than life Kevin Belton, continues the tradition, starting his work in the WWL-TV kitchen before the sun comes up.

Kevin has helped put together this series, and many of his recipes are featured here, along with classics from the one and only Frank Davis.

Our partner, Cajun Country Rice, who is celebrating 75 years of business, also contributed Louisiana recipes featuring locally grown rice.

Throughout the cookbook series, The Southern Food and Beverage Museum, which keeps the region’s delicious culinary history and heritage alive, provides historical context to the foods we cook and eat today.

Click here to download the cookbook!