"Creoles of South Louisiana: Three Centuries Strong is a comprehensive treatment of African American Creoles in Southwest Louisiana. Too long they have been ignored, misidentified, or misunderstood. No more! Elista Istre clarifies their identity and examines distinctive aspects of their cuisine, oral tradition, and music. Richly illustrated and engagingly written, Istre advances this study beyond culture, folklore, history, and identity by providing a fascinating and illuminating analysis of a vibrant and evolving contemporary Creole heritage."-- -- -Dr. Brady Banta, Professor of History and Archivist "Arkansas State University"