Susanne Duplantis


Louisiana native Susanne Duplantis is an award-winning chef, restaurant veteran, and creator of the food waste blog, Makeover My Leftover. She has competed in national and international cooking competitions and was a winner at the World Food Championships. Duplantis works as a recipe developer for national brands, conducts food waste workshops and cooking demos, has appeared on Netflix, Food Network, Tamron Hall, and hosted a monthly cooking segment on Baton Rouge’s CBS affiliate, WAFB.



9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Cooking Demonstration Tent
Lagniappe Leftovers

10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Cavalier House Bookselling Tent
Book Signing

Lagniappe Leftovers

"Susanne Duplantis is out to save the world one leftover at a time. You'll think twice before ever throwing edible food away again!"--Poppy Tooker, host of Louisiana Eats! radio show

"With this fun, family-friendly cookbook, there's no longer any excuse for standing in front of the refrigerator with the door wide open and asking oneself the eternal question: 'What in the world am I going to make?'"--Adrian Miller, James Beard Award-winning author

"You'll never look at your leftovers the same way again! Susanne Duplantis has unlocked the code to rethinking leftovers and reducing kitchen waste."--Cynthia Graubart, James Beard Award-winning author

Susanne Duplantis takes the last bit of leftovers from your favorite Southern dishes and repurposes them into brand-new tasty offerings. These simple home-cooked recipes combine the time-saving advantage of leftovers with the convenience of pantry staples you already have on hand to create family-pleasing meals that are also friendly on your wallet. With Susanne's guidance, you'll begin to see leftovers as a delicious way to save time, food, and money.


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