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With contributions from Karen Leathem, Patricia Kennedy Livingston, Michael Mizell-Nelson, Cynthia LeJeune Nobles, Sharon Stallworth Nossiter, Sara Roahen, and Susan Tucker

New Orleans Cuisine: Fourteen Signature Dishes and Their Histories provides essays on the unparalleled recognition New Orleans has achieved as the Mecca of mealtime. Devoting each chapter to a signature cocktail, appetizer, sandwich, main course, staple, or dessert, contributors from the New Orleans Culinary Collective plate up the essence of the Big Easy through its best-known export: great cooking. This book views the city's cuisine as a whole, forgetting none of its flavorful ethnic influences--French, African American, German, Italian, Spanish, and more.

In servings of such well-recognized foods as shrimp remoulade, Creole tomato salad, turtle soup, and bread pudding, contributors explore a broad range of issues. Essays consider the history of refrigeration and ice in the city, famous restaurants, cooking schools, and the differences between Cajun and Creole cuisines. Biographical sketches of New Orleans's luminaries--including Mary Land, Corinne Dunbar, and Lena Richard--give personality to the stories. Recipes for each dish or beverage, drawn from historical cookbooks and contemporary chefs, complete the package.

New Orleans Cuisine shows how ingredients, ethnicities, cooks, chefs, and consumers all converged over time to make the city a culinary capital.

New Orleans Cuisine: Fourteen Signature Dishes and Their Histories

Author: S. Frederick Starr,Susan Tucker

Title: New Orleans Cuisine: Fourteen Signature Dishes and Their Histories

ISBN: 1604731273

ISBN13: 978-1604731279

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (February 1, 2009)

Language: English

Subcategory: Regional & International

Size pdf version: 1965 kb

Size epub version: 1555 kb

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Rating: 4.9/5

Pages: 256 pages


Reviews (6)
Eyalanev
Susan Tucker, you might know, is the author/archivist acknowledged by the author of the book The Help to have done the research she relied upon to write her best seller. That book, Telling Memories Among Southern Women, and this one contain large helpings of insight. Susan's forte apparently. And I can tell you, knowing the history of a dish makes eating it so much more fun.
Eyalanev
Susan Tucker, you might know, is the author/archivist acknowledged by the author of the book The Help to have done the research she relied upon to write her best seller. That book, Telling Memories Among Southern Women, and this one contain large helpings of insight. Susan's forte apparently. And I can tell you, knowing the history of a dish makes eating it so much more fun.
Uaha
Lovely book. I thought it would contain a few of the recipes as well as the history of them. Guess I just misread. It was given as a gift and was well received.
Uaha
Lovely book. I thought it would contain a few of the recipes as well as the history of them. Guess I just misread. It was given as a gift and was well received.
Fenritaur
I love Naw'lins and it's great cuisine history and this book explores and let's someone learn about it.

New Orleans is the true American "Foodie" city and has more highly rated restaurants then probably any other city in the United States. This book let's you have a peek into that history.
Fenritaur
I love Naw'lins and it's great cuisine history and this book explores and let's someone learn about it.

New Orleans is the true American "Foodie" city and has more highly rated restaurants then probably any other city in the United States. This book let's you have a peek into that history.
Ironrunner
Great book with historical context, stories and recipes! I love hearing the history behind culture and foods. This is a good, easy read. Highly recommend it.
Ironrunner
Great book with historical context, stories and recipes! I love hearing the history behind culture and foods. This is a good, easy read. Highly recommend it.
Itiannta
This is one of those academic books but I liked it for a number of reasons. First, reading it reminded me of a story told by a friend in a nearby northern gulf coast Creole city that preceded New Orleans by a few years. She and her husband whose offices were downtown in the heart of the city, liked to take breakfast at a historic hotel, a fixture of the cities traditions. A famous New York journalist was in town covering an event had been seated at an adjacent table for several days and they noticed his annoyance when the waitress would serve him a dish of grits each day with his order. On the third morning he was a bit crankier than usual and when she set down the dish of grits he exclaimed not to kindly why did she keep bringing him grits when he tells her not to! The waitress calmly finished pouring fresh coffee and setting out fresh rolls before replying, "Honey, it's just a law, you don't have to eat them, but I'm going to serve them because that's how we do it here".

All in all, without total immersion, the "Big Easy" will always remain undefined to the casual visitor. "New Orleans Cuisine," on the other hand, can provide entertaining and significant clues for those who would like to gain insights to the evolution of its food culture and how that fits into the "big gestalt."
Itiannta
This is one of those academic books but I liked it for a number of reasons. First, reading it reminded me of a story told by a friend in a nearby northern gulf coast Creole city that preceded New Orleans by a few years. She and her husband whose offices were downtown in the heart of the city, liked to take breakfast at a historic hotel, a fixture of the cities traditions. A famous New York journalist was in town covering an event had been seated at an adjacent table for several days and they noticed his annoyance when the waitress would serve him a dish of grits each day with his order. On the third morning he was a bit crankier than usual and when she set down the dish of grits he exclaimed not to kindly why did she keep bringing him grits when he tells her not to! The waitress calmly finished pouring fresh coffee and setting out fresh rolls before replying, "Honey, it's just a law, you don't have to eat them, but I'm going to serve them because that's how we do it here".

All in all, without total immersion, the "Big Easy" will always remain undefined to the casual visitor. "New Orleans Cuisine," on the other hand, can provide entertaining and significant clues for those who would like to gain insights to the evolution of its food culture and how that fits into the "big gestalt."
Dominator
Seven authors, and edited by Susan Tucker (Tulane prof), with a lengthy learned forward by Frederick Starr (Johns Hopkins prof). It answers, slowly, methodically, sometimes almost soberly, how the seemingly unexplainable miracle that is New Orleans cuisine has come about.

Yes, we already know some of the reasons why NOLA cuisine stands out among every other city. Yes, it was more diverse culturally than any other American city for centuries. Yes, it is a place that, more so than any other American city, has valued creativity over productivity and profit. Yes, it is unique in ALL ts cultural expression (from it music to its traffic rules to names to its architecture to its vocabulary etc.). Yes, it has an essential ingredient to great eating that all other American cities lack in comparison -- time (willing to 'waste' time making a dish, willing to enjoy a meal over 2, 3, 4 hours and not worry about getting back to business). We can list out the ways the stars lined up to make NOLA cuisine special. And yet the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. So HOW?

These essays show you historically where the bodies are buried. And in one sense it sort of detracts. Like my sacramentology and alot of other things I ENJOY the mystery. Dissect it all and it grants greater understanding by robing it of its magic. For the same reason, I hate 'making of' videos about my favorite films. So I hesitate to share this book.

And yet my curiosity longs to be satisfied. This book, dry as it can be in some places and so careful not to overstate, is nevertheless testimony to the hand of God at work in a special way in New Orleans. The story is inherently so lovely it will shake you up, and knock you down low. And frankly, it still leaves some mystery. Because when I'm done I see more of mundane, natural reasons for the WHY?, but not enough to explain what my senses (and others) have experienced.

It offers these great stories, careful to separate myth from fact when possible, and even recipes. I'm rambling..... Get this book. Plodding as it sometimes can be, it will blow you away. And make you hungry. Yet another reason to move to New Orleans!

(PS I agree with Publishers Weekly review that Gumbo Tales is also a wonderful book, and, if anything, more lyrical than this one).
Dominator
Seven authors, and edited by Susan Tucker (Tulane prof), with a lengthy learned forward by Frederick Starr (Johns Hopkins prof). It answers, slowly, methodically, sometimes almost soberly, how the seemingly unexplainable miracle that is New Orleans cuisine has come about.

Yes, we already know some of the reasons why NOLA cuisine stands out among every other city. Yes, it was more diverse culturally than any other American city for centuries. Yes, it is a place that, more so than any other American city, has valued creativity over productivity and profit. Yes, it is unique in ALL ts cultural expression (from it music to its traffic rules to names to its architecture to its vocabulary etc.). Yes, it has an essential ingredient to great eating that all other American cities lack in comparison -- time (willing to 'waste' time making a dish, willing to enjoy a meal over 2, 3, 4 hours and not worry about getting back to business). We can list out the ways the stars lined up to make NOLA cuisine special. And yet the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. So HOW?

These essays show you historically where the bodies are buried. And in one sense it sort of detracts. Like my sacramentology and alot of other things I ENJOY the mystery. Dissect it all and it grants greater understanding by robing it of its magic. For the same reason, I hate 'making of' videos about my favorite films. So I hesitate to share this book.

And yet my curiosity longs to be satisfied. This book, dry as it can be in some places and so careful not to overstate, is nevertheless testimony to the hand of God at work in a special way in New Orleans. The story is inherently so lovely it will shake you up, and knock you down low. And frankly, it still leaves some mystery. Because when I'm done I see more of mundane, natural reasons for the WHY?, but not enough to explain what my senses (and others) have experienced.

It offers these great stories, careful to separate myth from fact when possible, and even recipes. I'm rambling..... Get this book. Plodding as it sometimes can be, it will blow you away. And make you hungry. Yet another reason to move to New Orleans!

(PS I agree with Publishers Weekly review that Gumbo Tales is also a wonderful book, and, if anything, more lyrical than this one).

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