celebrity chef and culinary icon Paul Prudhomme's collection of 600 cookbooks is available for view at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum (1609 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 504-267-7460; www.sofabinstitute.org).
Prudhomme's family donated the late chef's culinary trove to the museum, where items are available for reference in the John and Bonnie Boyd Hospitality and Culinary Library. The collection includes cookbooks annotated by Prudhomme, inscribed volumes from foreign and American chefs, books on food science and more.
"We are touched by this generous gift of Ms. Lori Prudhomme and excited about the prospect of sharing his collection with the interested public," museum president Liz Williams said.
Prudhomme died in October 2015 at the age of 75, following a brief illness. The Opelousas native lbrought Creole and Cajun cuisine to national audiences in the 1980s.