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Café Degas Cookbook Hardcover – January 18, 2011


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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing (January 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589807669
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589807662
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.3 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,932,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New Orleans stirs up a lot of memories, particularly when it comes to food. And while that city has incurred some hard knocks, it remains highly prized for its wonderful restaurants. One such establishment, Café Degas...

--Lake County Journal

As Valentine's Day nears, it's fitting that one of the most romantic restaurants in town, a little French bistro on Esplanade Avenue, is celebrating a new cookbook and its founding 25 years ago. --The Times-Picayune

The book contains both dreamy photographs of the Esplanade restaurant but also lovely art by Soulas that's accented by a wonderful graphic design. Recipes, naturally, are the focus of the book with delectable creations...
--The Monroe News-Star

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[Front Flap] Established in 1986 by Jacques Soulas and Jerry Edgar, Café Degas rests under the live oaks of historic Esplanade Avenue. The renowned restaurant offers patrons a feeling of welcome and familiarity, an atmosphere alive with amicable chatter, and the aroma of delectable cuisine. It is not surprising that the French bistro-famous for its relaxing environment and outdoor seating-also boasts an impressive menu. From simple dishes to decadent creations, the recipes in this collection allow readers to capture the flavor of Café Degas in their own kitchens. Such selections as Boudin Noir, South Louisiana Crawfish Crêpes, Chicken Basquaise, and Panéed Veal with Lemon Caper Butter represent a sampling of the exceptional menu. In addition to recipes for predinner cocktails, a section on dessert includes Caramel Bread Pudding and Red-Wine-Poached Pears over Vanilla Ice Cream, among other sweet concoctions. Along with photographs of Café Degas' delectable cuisine and images that capture the ambiance of the restaurant, this cookbook contains eye-catching artwork by owner Jacques Soulas. Fans of the French bistro and art aficionados alike will enjoy perusing the pages of this charming gastronomic experience. [Back Flap] Journalist Troy Gilbert is a longtime patron of Café Degas. He has contributed articles to numerous publications, including Food Network Magazine, Gambit Weekly, New Orleans CityBusiness, Sailing World, and Louisiana Sportsman. An avid sailor, Gilbert serves on the board of directors of the Friends of West End and the New Orleans Yacht Club. He lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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A native and resident of New Orleans, Troy Gilbert is an author and journalist. His first three books include Dinner with Tennessee Williams, New Orleans Kitchens and the Café Degas Cookbook. He has contributed articles to many national and regional publications including the Food Network, New Orleans CityBusiness, Gambit Weekly, neworleans.com, Sailing World and Cruising World. His writings and on the scene descriptions during Hurricane Katrina were published on his blog gulfsails.blogspot.com and in the anthology, A Howling in the Wires. Aside from his writing, Gilbert is on the board of directors of the Friends of West End and has served in this capacity for the New Orleans Yacht Club. He is currently working on a novel as well as several other culinary projects.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pamela R. Sontag on March 17, 2011
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We live in New Orleans and Cafe Degas is one of our favorite go-to places. This book is fantastic and really brings the feelings of the restaurant through in it.
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I ate at Café Degas a few years ago and really enjoyed the experience. The restaurant is casual, open, and relaxed yet the food was just what you would hope for when visiting New Orleans. It's that great mix of French Bistro and Louisiana Creole cuisines that defines fine dining in this unique city. When I got the opportunity to receive a copy of this book I was truly excited and couldn't wait until it arrived.

The recipes did not disappoint. All of them embody the charm and warmth of both the restaurant and the city itself. Most of them are surprisingly simple yet elegant. Among those that I tried were: Crawfish and Andouille over Eggs; Escargot with Herbsaint (a great recipe for Escargot butter is included); Marinated Artichokes; Hush Puppies; and the Scallops with Smoked Tomato Butter. Each recipe was scaled for the home kitchen and was easy to replicate. I will be using this cookbook on occasion, especially when I am considering a seafood dish.

Now for the not-so-good: The index for the chapters is written in French. While it is quaint and authentic and I do understand "Restaurant-French", not everyone will and it can be confusing without also including English subtitles. The layout of the book is also a little unusual with the chapter for sauces placed in the middle of the book and not at the end as is more common.

And now the photography, where do I start? The photographs chosen for this project remind me more of a scrapbook than a cookbook.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Lee Jung on March 28, 2011
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The book is in excellent condition, service great. But the book itself did not live up to my expectations. Not a useful cookbook. More for looks. I would not recommend it....especially for the price.
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