Monday, February 28, 2022

Monday LIVE on 2-28-22 at 9:00am pst - The Big Book of King Cake The Stories & Bakers Behind New Orleans Sweetest Tradition Author Matt Haines and photographer Randy Krause Schmidt capture the beautiful cakes and unique stories of more than 75 diverse and talented local bakers

New Orleans, LA –The Big Book of King Cake tells the thousands-year-old story of king cake, through lush, delicious photography of more than one hundred and fifty unique king cakes, as well as stories from the diverse and incredibly talented bakers who make them.

From the traditional cakes generations of New Orleanians have loved, to the unconventional creations that break all the rules, this book is your guide to the Crescent City's favorite baked good. The Big Book of King Cake goes well beyond Carnival and Mardi Gras season, and is for anyone who loves food, history, sweets, culture, and of course, New Orleans.


Matt Haines (Author)

Matt Haines’ interest in king cake was sparked in 2017 while eating more than eighty varieties during a single Carnival season. That same year, he hiked the Appalachian Trail using the trail name “King Cake.” Based in New Orleans, Matt writes professionally about food, travel, current events, and inspirational people. He’s written for Voice of America, CNN Underscored, Zagat, Fodor’s Travel, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate, Gambit Weekly, Very Local New Orleans, and others.


Randy Krause Schmidt (Photographer)

Randy Krause Schmidt is a New Orleans based portrait and food photographer. He’s had a sweet tooth for as long as he can remember, so he was elated to collaborate with Matt Haines on this celebration of such an integral part of the region’s food culture and the talented bakers who make it possible. His work has been featured in Vogue, Southern Living, Louisiana Cookin’, New Orleans Magazine, Where Magazine, Eater, and others.

Author: Matt Haines

Photographer: Randy Krause Schmidt

Publisher: Susan Schadt Press

Available at, local bookstores, bakeries, and shops, as well as major national online retailers.

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