You Are Where You Eat: Stories and Recipes from the Neighborhoods of New Orleans
(University Press of Mississippi, 2008)
Eating and cooking well are not just industries but ways of life for all New Orleans. Writer and photographer Elsa Hahne has visited the kitchens of 33 of New Orleans' home cooks and raconteurs and has served up an expansive smorgasbord inspired by this vibrant city's love affair with food. Almost every cultural group that has made its mark on New Orleans is represented in these pages: Creole, African American, Native American, Isleño, German, Cajun, Italian, Irish, Greek, Hungarian, Croatian, Cuban, Honduran, Mexican, Indian, Filipino, Chinese, Vietnamese, and more.
With 33 first-person accounts and over a hundred black-and-white and full-color photographs, You Are Where You Eat proves that the local population remains as passionate about cooking after the hurricanes of 2005 as at any time before. Among the 85 recipes are such classic New Orleans dishes as red beans and rice, catfish court bouillon, crawfish bisque, filé gumbo, grillades, and daube glacé, but also more recent arrivals to local tables: yakamein, pork tamales, crawfish samosas, and Vietnamese spring rolls.
224 pages, 9 x 9 inches, 33 color and 64 black/white photographs, 85 recipes, 1 map, index
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