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Final McNeese SAGE Lecture Scheduled

March 27, 2019 | McNeese Public Relations
Delta Queen Cookbook Cover

author Cynthia Nobles will present a lecture titled, “The Delta Queen Cookbook:
The History and Recipes of the Legendary Steamboat,” at 3 p.m., Monday, April 1,
in the McNeese State University SEED Center as the finale of the spring 2019
SAGE Series.

From 1927 to 2008, the Delta Queen offered passengers
magnificent views, rousing entertainment and luxury accommodations. But the
world’s last authentic overnight wooden steamboat was famous not only for its
world-class ambiance, but also its fantastic feasts. Passengers could enjoy
everything from crawfish en croute to strawberry shortcake as the sophisticated
steamboat sailed America’s inland waters.

on her cookbook of the same title, Nobles brings the Delta Queen back to life
through an engaging narrative look at the steamboat’s history – from her days
as a floating speakeasy during Prohibition to her struggles in the modern era –
along with choice selections from the over 125 recipes prepared by the
steamboat’s former chefs. 

Nobles is the series editor for The Southern Table from the Louisiana State University Press and is also the author of “A Confederacy of Dunces Cookbook: Recipes from Ignatius J. Reilly’s New Orleans.”

Lectures are open to the public. For more information or to register, call 337-475-5616 or visit

Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-475-5960, fax; 337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired; or by email at