Joe Walker

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Biography

As a teenager, Joe Walker mixed up the first batch of Slap Ya Mama seasoning by rolling it in a pickle jar across the floor to his brother. At LSU, he was instrumental in setting up the company’s website and online business, then later helping the company rise to international fame. Today he serves as Vice President, where he and his wife, Tana, take care of distribution, bookkeeping, and two precious daughters in Ville Platte.

 

 

 


Schedule

11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Cooking Demonstration Tent
Demonstration
Growing Up Cajun: Recipes and Stories from the Slap Ya Mama Family
The Cooking Demonstration Tent is sponsored in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, as administered by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. Funding has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.

Noon to 12:45 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


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Growing Up Cajun: Recipes and Stories from the Slap Ya Mama Family

Take your meals to the next level with this flavor-packed cookbook from the Slap Ya Mama family.

Growing Up Cajun invites you to explore Cajun traditions, the history behind the Slap Ya Mama name, Cajun lore, and some of the most prized recipes in Louisiana―all flavored with Walker family stories.

You’ll find everything in this cookbook for an authentic Cajun feast, like Mama Jen’s Cajun Cornbread and Cajun Mardi Gras staples, such as Chicken & Sausage Gumbo. From squirrel season to crawfish season, you’ll be inspired by the true flavors of Louisiana. Whether it’s a holiday, a family gathering, or just a Saturday spent with friends eating crawfish, these dishes are made for joyful occasions spent with music, laughter, and everyone pitching in to create a delicious meal.

Trust us, this collection of favorites is sure to leave you feeling a little Cajun yourself.

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