The Garden District Book Shop is pleased to announce an event celebrating the release of The Big Book of King Cake will be held on January 15 at 11:00 AM. The book is a passion project for Matt Haines that can be traced back to the 2017 Mardi Gras season.
"I once ate more than eighty king cakes during the 2017 Carnival," author 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. The hard bound book features creations from 75 local bakeries and bakers across 360 pages with hundreds of different photos of king cake. While king cakes are typically only available during Carnival season, readers can enjoy this book year-round. From the traditional cakes generations of New Orleanians have loved, to the unconventional creations that break all the rules, this book is your guide to the Crescent City's favorite baked good.
The Big Book of King Cake is for anyone who loves food, history, sweets, culture, and of course, New Orleans.
The event is open to the public and will kick off at 11:00 AM. There will be samples of king cake provided by some of the bakers featured in the book onsite for guests to enjoy. Haines and photographer Randy Krause Schmidt will both be in attendance to discuss the inspiration behind the book and their creative process. Books will be available for purchase at The Garden District Book Shop.