James Howard Mitcham (1917 in Winona, Mississippi – August 22, 1996 in Hyannis, Massachusetts) was an American artist, poet, and cook best known for his books on Louisiana's Creole and Cajun cuisines and that of New England, with an emphasis on seafood.
Deaf from spinal meningitis as a teenager, Mitcham attended Louisiana State University and moved to Greenwich Village where he owned an art gallery. He acquired a reputation as a bohemian, raconteur, and "Renaissance man", spending much of his life in Provincetown, Massachusetts and New Orleans. He contributed a column to the Provincetown Advocate, since absorbed by the Banner.
Many of his books combined personal memoir and recipes with his own woodcuts and drawings. Anthony Bourdain has described Mitcham's Provincetown Seafood Cookbook as "a witty, informative ode to local seafood, sprinkled with anecdotes".
- Fishing on the Gulf Coast
The Hermit Crab Press, New Orleans 1959
- Four Tales from Byzantium
edition of 150 numbered copies printed by Wattle Grove Press, Newnham,Tasmania 1964
- Provincetown Seafood Cookbook
The Hermit Crab Press, Provincetown 1975 (ISBN - 0-940160-33-1)
- Creole Gumbo and All That Jazz: A New Orleans Seafood Cookbook
Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., Reading,MA 1978 (ISBN - 0-201-04764-0)
- Maya o Maya!: Rambunctious fables of Yucatán
edition of 500 numbered copies printed by The Hermit Crab Press, New Orleans 1981
- Tales from Byzantium
edition of 1000 numbered copies printed by The Hermit Crab Press, New Orleans 1984
- Clams, Mussels, Oysters, Scallops, and Snails: A Cookbook and a Memoir
Parnassus Imprints, Orleans,MA 1990 (ISBN - 0-940160-47-1)
- Miriam Fuchs, ed. (1994). Marguerite Young, Our Darling. Dalkey Archive Press. p. xii.
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- 1996 deaths
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- People from Provincetown, Massachusetts
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