Person:Keith Courrege (1)

m. 20 Jun 1906
  1. Errol Riebold Courrege1907 - 2005
  2. Gilbert Courrege1910 - 1991
  3. Keith Courrege1914 - 1993
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Name Keith Courrege
Gender Male
Birth[3] 20 Jul 1914 New Iberia, Iberia, Louisiana, United States
Military[4] 7 Jul 1942 Enlisted at Camp Livingston
Death[3] 8 Jun 1993 New Iberia, Iberia, Louisiana, United States


Cookook Reviews: Pecans From Soup to Nuts


Independent Weekly
By The Independent Staff
Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Keith Courrégé cracked the nut in 1984, penning the first edition of Pecans from Soup to Nuts. Reprinted several times since then, the 2009 release from Pelican Publishing is more than an update. Jady Regard, Courrégé’s grandson and president of Cane River Pecan Company, persuaded cookbook author extraordinare Marcelle Bienvenu to pick up the pieces and shell out a new version of the old chestnut. It’s a winner. There’s classics like buttery cheese wafers with pecans and pecan pralines. But look for surprises like onion soup with pecan crust, chili-roasted sweet potatoes with chopped pecans, stuffed pork chops with asparagus and pecan butter and a fig preserve cake with pecan icing. The pictures are mouth watering, the recipes simple and straightforward. So get you out in the back yard and start pecan-picking, you’ll need a sack full to cook your way through this book. Pecans from Soup to Nuts lists for $19.95 at real and virtual bookstores everywhere. — Mary Tutwiler

Cookbook has it all in a nutshell


Recipes for anything pecan from Basic Roasted Pecans to a Pecan Martini fill the pages of the updated version of a cookbook first printed in 1984 for the Cane River Pecan Co. store in Natchitoches.

In the introduction of "Pecans From Soup to Nuts" (Pelican Publishing Co., hardcover, $19.95), Jady Regard, who heads the family-owned pecan company, writes that his grandfather, the late Keith Courrégé, wrote the original edition. The newest version lists both Courrégé, described as a celebrated cook from New Iberia, and food writer Marcelle Bienvenu as co-authors.

Bienvenu, of St. Martinville, whose articles and recipes regularly appear in magazines and newspapers including the New Orleans Times-Picayune, also contributed some new recipes for the book's collection of more than three dozen recipes.

The 128-page book, with its interesting mix of recipes and full-color photography by Sara Essex, is sure to be especially welcomed by home cooks during the upcoming holidays.

Courrégé called the pecan the "crown prince of the nut kingdom, God's gift to the South" in the earlier self-published edition of "Pecans From Soup to Nuts." The newer book opens with a discussion on the "Crown Prince," providing a short history of the pecan and nutritional information, and explaining how to store pecans and how to cook with them.

There is an interesting mix of recipes, all written with easy-to-follow instructions. Among them are Onion Soup With Pecan Crust; Pear, Roasted Pecans and Arugula Salad; Lemon Chicken With Capers and Pecans and Super-Duper Yams; Crab Cakes With Pecan-Butter Sauce and Pecan Bread Dressing; Olivia's Perfect Pecan Pie; and Pecan Pralines.

One recipe, Pineapple Cake, particularly intrigued One recipe, Pineapple Cake, particularly intrigued me. The introduction says Courrégé called it a Cajun cake, but no one knows why. A few years ago, the Food staff was stumped when we got a request for a recipe for Cajun cake. Could this have been what that caller wanted?

Cooking in Cajun Country

By Author & Journalist Cheré Dastugue Coen

And now, from Pelican Publishing in New Orleans, we have Pecans: From Soup to Nuts, a cookbook originally published by the late Keith Courrégé, grandfather of Jady Regard, current owner of the family-based Cane River Pecan Company of New Iberia. Courrégé published his version of Pecans in 1984 for the Cane River Pecan Company store in Natchitoches, near where the company grows its pecans. Pelican’s 2009 version is lovingly updated by Bienvenue, with photography by Louisiana’s Sara Essex.

The cookbook contains the history of the pecan, unknown to the world before European settlers were introduced to the nut by Native Americans. Thomas Jefferson and George Washington were fans of pecans, but it was a slave at Oak Alley Plantation who grafted the trees and began the first commercial pecan orchard.

In addition, the cookbook informs us, pecans are really good for you, containing antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and phytosterols, which protect against cardiovascular disease. Pecans are also proven to be successful in decreasing bad cholesterol.

The cookbook offers recipes for roasted pecans, appetizers, side dishes and entrées, desserts and specialty drinks. You can choose from pecan-crusted fish, “super-duper yams,” all types of salads utilizing pecans in various ways and les oreilles de cochon or Cajun pig ear dessert, a fried dough topped with cane syrup and pecans. And what would bourbon balls and fudge be without the delectable nut?

About the author

"The late Keith Courrégé was a celebrated cook in south Louisiana who referred to the pecan as the “Crown Prince of the Nut Kingdom, God’s gift to the South.” He lived in New Iberia, Louisiana."

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  1.   United States. Bureau of the Census. 14th census, 1920. Louisiana, 1920 federal census : soundex and population schedules. (Washington [District of Columbia]: The National Archives, 193-?), Year: 1920;Census Place: New Iberia, Iberia, Louisiana; Roll T625_613; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 20; Image: 895., 7 Jan 1920.

    -- Joe WM 36 Head Bookkeeper-Lumber yard
    -- Louisiana WF 34 Wife
    -- Erald WM 12 son
    -- Gilbert WM 9 son
    -- Don WM 7 son
    -- Keith WM 5 son
    -- Ruth WF 1.5 daughter
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  2.   United States. Bureau of the Census. 15th census, 1930. Louisiana, 1930 federal census: soundex and populations schedules ; NARA microfilm publications T626 and M2054. (Washington, District of Columbia: Bureau of the Census Micro-Film Laboratory, 199-?), Year: 1930; Census Place: New Iberia, Iberia, Louisiana; Roll 794; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 12; Image: 937.0., 8 Apr 1930.

    -- Joseph 45 Head, Value of Real estate-$5000, Father from France, mother from Louisiana
    -- Louisiana 44 Wife, Father from Germany, mother from Louisiana
    -- Errol 23 son
    -- Gilbert 19 son
    -- Keith 15 son
    -- Ruth 11 daughter
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  3. 3.0 3.1 Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index: Death Master File, database. (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service).

    Name: Keith E. Courrege; Last Residence: 70561 New Iberia, Iberia, Louisiana, United States of America; Born: 20 Jul 1914; Died: 8 Jun 1993

  4. United States. National Archives and Records Administration (ARC # 1263923). World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946. (2002), National Archives and Records Administration. U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005. Original data: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, 1938-1946 [Archival Database]; World War II Army Enlistment Records; Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 64; National Archives at College Park, College Park, MD.

    Name: Keith E Courrege; Birth Year: 1914; Race: White, citizen (White); Nativity State or Country: Louisiana; State of Residence: Louisiana; County or City: Iberia; Enlistment Date: 7 Jul 1942; Enlistment State: Louisiana; Enlistment City: Camp Livingston; Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
    Branch Code: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA; Grade: Private; Grade Code: Private; Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law; Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men); Source: Civil Life; Education: 4 years of college; Civil Occupation: Statistical clerks and compilers; Marital Status: Married; Height: 70; Weight: 138