Young Gifted and Classy/Zydeco Cookbook


Carolyn Shelton

For many years Carolyn Shelton has nourished the young and old in more ways than one.  Her life is kind of a gumbo, filled with a variety of ingredients that provides the perfect recipe for success.


Ms. Shelton was born in Louisiana and raised in Texas.  She learned most of her culinary skills from her mother, Angelina Zeno and grandmothers, all of whom were Afro Creoles.


Over the years, she traveled as a flight attendant which afforded her opportunities to sample and enjoy cuisine in several countries including Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Samoa, Fuji, The Micronesian Islands and other exotic places, to name a few.


This former flight attendant left her career and decided to pursue a new venture as an Entrepreneur/Etiquette Expert, Restauranteur/Chef and cookbook Author.  Since then, she has also taught many young people how to cook.


As an advocate developing opportunities for youth, she teaches many programs using etiquette & manners as the focus to build self esteem.  She recently developed the Young, Gifted & Classy Kids in the Kitchen--Cooking and Manners program.  Not only cooking good food, but eating healthy.


Carolyn has authored several books including Coffee, Tea, or Watermelon, Young, Gifted & Classy, and from Chitlins to CaviarShe has also hosted the cooking shows, "The Zydeco cafe" on the radio and appeared as a guest on television programs such as BET, CNN, Donahue, Essence Television, 60 Minutes and station WWL.


Carolyn has teamed up with major corporations and businesses including Lodge Logic, Deni, Herberts Specialty Means, Emile Henry, Kitchen aid, Louisiana Fish Fry, Starbucks Coffee, Tabasco, Whole Food Market, Rouses, Cafe Reconcile and Cafe Hope New Orleans.  Many of these partners have also participated in her cooking shows, videos and CDs.


Her latest project includes Angelina's Zydeco Okra Cookbook.  More than a cookbook, it offers healthy recipes and cooking tips that will assist you in preparing wonderful Creole and Cajun foods.