ABSTRACT

Each year on the Feast Day of Saint Laurent, elegantly dressed cooks from all over the island of Guadeloupe assemble on the Rue d’Ennery at the Maison des Cuisinières in Pointe-à-Pitre for a colorful procession to the St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral. Wearing “créole” dresses in bright cotton Madras plaid and flowery designs over lacy white petticoats, the women celebrate the historic Fête des Cuisinières. The cooks of the sponsoring association carry elaborately gathered and prepared créole foods-fruits, pastries, seafood-in baskets and on portable wooden “altars.” In the cathedral, the foods and foodways are blessed, and then the participants move to a nearby celebratory community feast of magnificent proportions.