Jyl Benson


Jyl Benson is a writer specializing in Louisiana culture and culinary interests. She currently serves as a columnist for Avenue magazine and as a curator for The Southern Food & Beverage Institute. She contributes to several regional and national publications.

She began her editorial career in 1990 with The Times Picayune and served as a regional reporter covering the southeastern United States for both The New York Times and Time magazine. She wrote Galatoire's Cookbook: Recipes & Family History from the Time-Honored New Orleans Restaurant (Random House 2005) as well as several cultural, historical, and architectural guides to New Orleans. She served as editor in chief of Louisiana Cookin’ magazine from 2009 to 2011 and founded Louisiana Kitchen & Culture magazine in 2012.

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Purveyors of rare and rarefied fabrics and notions more

Oct 24, 2016 10:33 AM People & Places


Todd Douglas

Sweet, Southern, and not at all scary more

Oct 21, 2016 3:00 PM Foodways


All photos by Brei Olivier

Spectacular cuisine with a side of social change more

Aug 29, 2016 12:00 AM Restaurants

Hard to find, reservations only, and absolutely worth it more

Jul 22, 2016 12:00 AM Foodways


Photos by Shelly R. Sessions

Yin, yang, and gumbo ramen at Covington's globetrotting Bacobar more

Jun 23, 2016 12:00 AM Foodways


All photos by Rick Olivier

Capturing a fleeting season against a backdrop of azaleas more

Feb 23, 2016 12:00 AM House & Home


Photos by Lucie Monk Carter

How Leah's Pralines earned a spot in culinary history more

Jan 25, 2016 12:00 AM Restaurants


Photo by Brei Olivier

The re-emergence of the Oretha Castle Haley corridor as a culinary hub  more

Oct 27, 2015 12:00 AM Restaurants


Photo by Alex North

Memories, old and new, along Bay St. Louis’ Beach Boulevard more

Jul 27, 2015 12:00 AM Getaways


Photos by Brian Pavlich

Self-taught dessert guru and 2015 Small Town Chef more

Jun 23, 2015 12:00 AM Foodways


Photos by Brian Pavlich

Husband-and-wife winners of the 2015 Small Town Chefs Award more

Jun 23, 2015 12:00 AM Foodways


Photos by Jyl Benson

Little River Bluffs is a magical, memory-making retreat more

Nov 24, 2014 12:00 AM Getaways


Photo by Lucie Monk

All kinds of folks—from quiet birders to rowdy rodeo fishermen—enjoy this island outpost  more

Aug 25, 2014 12:00 AM Getaways


Photos by Jeff Strout.

The grand, old belle is back in her party clothes and ready to entertain more

Jul 24, 2014 12:00 AM Getaways 2 Comments


Photo by Brei Olivier.

Slow to build momentum, the vegan food movement has arrived on the New Orleans restaurant scene. more

Jun 23, 2014 12:00 AM Restaurants

Four restaurants and 130 miles of affordable family feasts more

Jul 2, 2013 12:00 AM Foodways