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Beignets, Po’ Boys, gumbo, jambalaya, Antoine’s. New Orleans’ celebrated status derives in large measure from its incredibly rich food culture, based mainly on Creole and Cajun traditions. At last, this world-class destination has its own food biography. Elizabeth M. Williams, a New Orleans native and founder of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum there, takes readers th Beignets, Po’ Boys, gumbo, jambalaya, Antoine’s. New Orleans’ celebrated status derives in large measure from its incredibly rich food culture, based mainly on Creole and Cajun traditions. At last, this world-class destination has its own food biography. Elizabeth M. Williams, a New Orleans native and founder of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum there, takes readers through the history of the city, showing how the natural environment and people have shaped the cooking we all love. The narrative starts by describing the indigenous population and material resources, then reveals the contributions of the immigrant populations, delves into markets and local food companies, and finally discusses famous restaurants, drinking culture, cooking at home and cookbooks, and signature foods dishes. This must-have book will inform and delight food aficionados and fans of the Big Easy itself.


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Beignets, Po’ Boys, gumbo, jambalaya, Antoine’s. New Orleans’ celebrated status derives in large measure from its incredibly rich food culture, based mainly on Creole and Cajun traditions. At last, this world-class destination has its own food biography. Elizabeth M. Williams, a New Orleans native and founder of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum there, takes readers th Beignets, Po’ Boys, gumbo, jambalaya, Antoine’s. New Orleans’ celebrated status derives in large measure from its incredibly rich food culture, based mainly on Creole and Cajun traditions. At last, this world-class destination has its own food biography. Elizabeth M. Williams, a New Orleans native and founder of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum there, takes readers through the history of the city, showing how the natural environment and people have shaped the cooking we all love. The narrative starts by describing the indigenous population and material resources, then reveals the contributions of the immigrant populations, delves into markets and local food companies, and finally discusses famous restaurants, drinking culture, cooking at home and cookbooks, and signature foods dishes. This must-have book will inform and delight food aficionados and fans of the Big Easy itself.

45 review for New Orleans A Food Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sean Chick

    There is much to like here, such as Williams not diving into the murky territory of specific food origins. Rather, she discusses the cultures and the foodways that were brought to the city, including some rarely remarked upon such as the Croatians. It creates a more balanced appreciation of what led to the city's distinct cuisine. The book's organization makes it work as a reference. Yet, her prose is repetitive and stilted. Some of her non-food related facts are wrong. That happens often in his There is much to like here, such as Williams not diving into the murky territory of specific food origins. Rather, she discusses the cultures and the foodways that were brought to the city, including some rarely remarked upon such as the Croatians. It creates a more balanced appreciation of what led to the city's distinct cuisine. The book's organization makes it work as a reference. Yet, her prose is repetitive and stilted. Some of her non-food related facts are wrong. That happens often in history books, but the weight of those errors drags it down. All around, I learned a great deal despite the flaws, but I cannot strongly recommend it to a person that has neither a love for the food nor to a person not well versed in New Orleans history.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    Well, since I wrote it, I liked it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Louis Thomas Block IV

    Great book Easy to read and fascinating. Not only about New Orleans food history but food history in general as told through the lens of NOLA. Highly recommended.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Indispensable in understanding the cuisine of New Orleans. This biography provides an expansive overview of local culinary history and how it came to be.

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    I just could not keep all the history. I could not finish it.

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