Remember the backwater babes in Cajun Country Cooking, one of the only cookbooks with content appropriate for both Playboy magazine and Barnes & Noble? Cookbook author, photographer and Louisiana babe herself, Dana Holyfield has self-published another recipe collection, New Orleans Mardi Gras Recipes, just in time for the city's bawdiest holiday. This one is rated G -- the raunchiest photo is of a woman displaying her makeshift, immaculate Mardi Gras latrine. All for festive, party-friendly dishes, the recipes range from Mardi Gras Punch to Crawfish Curry to Louisiana Dixie Beer Cake. All of Holyfield's cookbooks are available online at www.angelfire.com/la2/cajunsexycooking, at Barnes and Noble stores and at local bookstores and gift shops.
The Crescent City Farmers Market will be closed on Tuesday, Mardi Gras Day, but musician Brady Roberts will perform this Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. as part of the Music at the Market series. Chef Duke LoCicero of Cafe Giovanni (117 Decatur St., 529-2154) is the host of Saturday's 10 a.m. cooking demonstration. Also look for La Spiga's new bagels, both plain and sesame. The Tuesday market is at 200 Broadway St. and runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Thursday market is at 3700 Orleans Ave. and runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Saturday market is at 700 Magazine St. and runs from 8 a.m. to noon. Call 861-5898 or visit www.loyola.edu/ccfm.