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Pableaux Johnson

Photographer, Journalist & Author

At least once a week, writer-photographer Pableaux Johnson invites ten diners to sit around his New Orleans table for a shared meal. If it’s a Monday night, and even sometimes when it’s not, Johnson makes red beans and rice for supper – honoring the centuries-old New Orleans washday routine of letting the pot simmer while domestics tended to household chores.


Pableaux Johnson is a New Orleans-based photographer, journalist and author of three books on Louisiana food culture. His writing and photographic work appears regularly in the New York Times and Garden & Gun. He has pronounced weaknesses for fine bourbon whiskey, funky sousaphones, raw oysters, coconut cream pie, and talking dog jokes.

At least once a week, writer-photographer Pableaux Johnson invites ten diners to sit around his New Orleans table for a shared meal. If it’s a Monday night, and even sometimes when it’s not, Johnson makes red beans and rice for supper – honoring the centuries-old New Orleans washday routine of letting the pot simmer while domestics tended to household chores. Johnson is also host of “Red Beans Road Show,” where he takes his recipe on tour and partners with a local chef to serve a home-style Louisiana meal. Cooked low and slow, a robust pot of red beans and rice is made with sausage, onion, bell pepper and a special seasoning blend. Cooks have their own variations and special touches, but some elements are sacrosanct, says Johnson: “First, it starts with the beans."

Recipes from Pableaux Johnson