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
From the Inside Flap
[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.