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Justin E. Wilson (April 24, 1914 - September 5, 2001) was a southern American chef and humorist known for his brand of Cajun cuisine-inspired cooking and humor. He was a self-styled "raconteur" and a staunch political conservative.

Wilson was born in Roseland in Tangipahoa Parish, one of the "Florida Parishes" of Louisiana. He began his career as a safety engineer while he traveled throughout Acadiana. His safety lectures that he made to refinery workers prompted him on the road to becoming a Cajun storyteller. He remembered it this way on the back cover of The Justin Wilson Cook Book:

"Way back when I first started as a safety engineer, I took myself pretty seriously, and I found I was putting my audiences to sleep. So having lived all my life among the Cajuns of Louisiana, and having a good memory for the patois and the type of humor Cajuns go for, I started interspersing my talks on safety with Cajun humor."


Wilson later recorded several humor albums, beginning with The Humorous World of Justin Wilson on Ember Records. He also recorded several albums for Jewel Records on the Paula label. He later appeared as a guest on the popular CBS series The Ed Sullivan Show. He was known for the catchphrase, "I gar-on-tee!". He later wrote seven Cajun cookbooks and two books of Cajun stories, and hosted several cooking shows on PBS that combined Cajun cooking and Cajun humor.

Wilson was politically active in his early years. His father, Democrat Harry D. Wilson, was the Louisiana agriculture commissioner in the first half of the twentieth century (his mother, Olivet Wilson, was Louisiana French). In 1951-1952, Justin Wilson was the manager of the unsuccessful Democratic gubernatorial campaign of Lieutenant Governor William J. "Bill" Dodd. He and Dodd were close though they often disagreed on political philosophy. Wilson's brother-in-law, Bolivar Edwards Kemp, Jr., was the Democratic attorney general of Louisiana from 1948-1952, having served between the two terms of Fred S. LeBlanc.

Over the years, Wilson, a conservative and known for his emphasis of patriotic themes, became involved in numerous Louisiana political campaigns. Former state Senator Donald Wayne "Don" Williamson of Caddo Parish recalls Wilson having cut a commercial for his own Democratic challenge to incumbent Insurance Commissioner Sherman A. Bernard in 1979. Williamson said that Wilson just volunteered to help him. Williamson only narrowly lost to Bernard, who later went to prison for fraud in the handling of his job duties. In time, Wilson's ties to the Democrats soured, and he supported numerous Republican candidates. It is not known whether Wilson himself became a Republican.

Wilson's last residence was in Summit in Pike County, Mississippi.

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Total Books: 17
Justin Wilson Looking Back A Cajun Cookbook
2016 - Justin Wilson Looking Back a Cajun Cookbook (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781455623136
ISBN-10: 145562313X
Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine
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Justin Wilson's Cajun Fables CD
2010 - Justin Wilson's Cajun Fables Cd (Audio CD)Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9781589807853
ISBN-10: 1589807855
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Justin Wilson's Easy Cookin' 150 Rib-Tickling Recipes for Good Eating
Looking After My Balls
2004 - Looking After My Balls [Books Beyond Words] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781904671053
ISBN-10: 1904671055
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Engineering & Transportation
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Justin Wilson's Easy Cooking 150 Rib-Tickling Recipes for Good Eating
1998 - Justin Wilson's Easy Cooking 150 Rib-tickling Recipes for Good Eating [Pbs Series] (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780688152642
ISBN-10: 0688152643
Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Justin Wilson Looking Back A Cajun Cookbook
1997 - Justin Wilson Looking Back a Cajun Cookbook (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781565542822
ISBN-10: 1565542827
Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine
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Justin Wilson's Homegrown Louisiana Cookin'
1990 - Justin Wilson's Homegrown Louisiana Cookin' (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780026301251
ISBN-10: 0026301253
Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Justin Wilson's Outdoor Cooking With Inside Help
1986 - Justin Wilson's Outdoor Cooking with Inside Help (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780882896090
ISBN-10: 0882896091
Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine
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More Cajun Humor
1984 - More Cajun Humor (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780882894546
ISBN-10: 0882894544
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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The Justin Wilson Gourmet and Gourmand Cookbook
1984 - The Justin Wilson Gourmet and Gourmand Cookbook (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780882894300
ISBN-10: 0882894307
Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Justin Wilson's Cajun Fables
1982 - Justin Wilson's Cajun Fables (Hardcover)Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780882893624
ISBN-10: 0882893629
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction
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Justin Wilson Number Two Cookbook Cookin Cajun
1980 - Justin Wilson Number Two Cookbook Cookin Cajun (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780882892344
ISBN-10: 0882892347
Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine
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Justin Wilson's Cajun Humor
1979 - Justin Wilson's Cajun Humor (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780882893174
ISBN-10: 0882893173
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment
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Justin Wilson's Cajun humor
1974 - Justin Wilson's Cajun Humor (Other)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780882890173
ISBN-10: 0882890174
Genre: Reference
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Justin Wilson Cook Book
1973 - Justin Wilson Cook Book (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780882890197
ISBN-10: 0882890190
Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Justin Wilson's Cajun Fables
Justin Wilson's Cajun Fables (Audio Cassette)Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9781589800625
ISBN-10: 1589800621
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction
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