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New Orleans is a city that has been strongly influenced by France and French culture.  In fact, the city was founded by the French in the early 1700s and even named for a French Duke, Phillip of Orleans. Though New Orleans culture has been shaped by many countries, especially Spain, Africa, Cuba and the Caribbean island nations, France holds most sway, especially in the kitchen.

Varieties

The two main types of cuisine in New Orleans are Cajun Cuisine and Creole Cuisine, both based on French styles of cooking. Cajun cooking is more rustic, brought to New Orleans by Acadians, French Canadian settlers who were driven from their Canadian homes by the British in the mid-1800s.  Cajun cuisine is often called the “country” cooking of New Orleans.