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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing; 2 edition (May 31, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565542061
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565542068
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In New Orleans, Sunday brunch is synonymous with The Court of Two Sisters, which is known for the best Creole dining in the Crescent City. Joe Fein, Jr., the man who restored the building to its former glory in the 1960s, claims that their secret to success is a flavorful mix of mouthwatering food, history, romance, and good service.
The site of Louisiana's governor's mansion in 1732, the Court-as locals call it-is now famous for its more recent owners, Emma and Bertha, the two sisters of the restaurant's name. From its tranquil courtyard gazebo to the elegant dining rooms, The Court of Two Sisters is filled with stories of food and history.
With The Court of Two Sisters Cookbook, you can re-create the feeling of the Court in your own home and sample the same recipes that have long been the favorites of both locals and visitors. Learn to create local staples such as Jambalaya and Shrimp Creole as well as more exotic dishes such as Oysters Bienville and Ceviche, and bring the elegance and romance of New Orleans into your home. This volume also offers a comprehensive history of the city, the restaurant, the foods, and the two sisters.
Mel Leavitt's reputation as a journalist and historian earned him numerous awards and titles in New Orleans, including "the city's unofficial historian." He was a charter inductee into the Greater New Orleans Broadcasters Hall of Fame. His enlightening introduction and the exciting cuisine are just the recipe for showing how the marriage of food, history, and romance makes The Court of Two Sisters a cornerstone of Louisiana food and culture.

From the Back Cover

A place with an unusual past is set in what was once known as "Governor's Row" on Royal Street. It has been the home of many people, from foreign dignitaries to governors of the colonial period to two Creole sisters who opened a clothing boutique downstairs during the days of Reconstruction. Now a landmark of fine dining, the building known as The Court of Two Sisters is an integral part of the storied New Orleans atmosphere and home to treasured Creole delicacies. The history, menu, and locale have a special flavor that gives the restaurant a heritage of its own.
In this classic collection, you'll find a full menu of recipes and more than three hundred years of history awaiting you. Create the famous dishes in the comfort of your home, from Oysters Rockefeller to Crabmeat St. Peter to Roast Duck with Cumberland Sauce, or maybe just simmer a pot of gumbo. Cooking Creole cuisine becomes simple and fun thanks to these easy, classic recipes.
Mel Leavitt's insightful discussion of the restaurant, its famous two sisters, and the heritage of New Orleans will whet your appetite. Whether you are a local or a visitor, The Court of Two Sisters Cookbook should satisfy your craving for the taste of New Orleans.

Front-jacket illustration from a painting by Clarence Millet

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Stefanie Bowlin on December 10, 1999
This makes a great souvenir for those who have had the great fortune to dine at The Court of Two Sisters. Almost half of the book is history of the restaurant and the area, and the rest is devoted to house recipes-the bread pudding is out of this world! I just wish they had included more recipes. It also has several pictures of the restaurant.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Rutherford on September 14, 2005
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The history was very inviting to read. I plan to revisit this section before another visit to New Orleans. The number of recipes was disappointing but did have several of the restaurants staples in it.
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By Praline on April 13, 2014
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This is a decent cookbook but not great. There are no photos and the recipes are ho hum at best. It does have a nice little history lesson in the front but if your looking for a real cookbook, this isn't going to help. Every recipe in the book is on the internet, and better explained. I collect cookbooks so I might be picky but this was stacked to the back of my collection.
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If you can, go to the restaurant and sit out back in the garden. It's lovely, the service is great and so is the food.

The recipes in the cookbook are good - not too difficult. Just be carefully of amounts - you might be making more than you want.
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By Tina on January 10, 2014
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This was ordered at the same time as the New Orleans Restaurant Cookbook. It not only includes recipes, but a historical background of New Orleans' cuisine. I highly recommend this for any cook.
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By Elaine H. Campbell on February 20, 2014
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A good cookbook and read. Recipes I've used are delicious. Though never been to the restaurant I understand they are known for delicious typical New Orleans food.
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By ALTON LINDSAY on May 22, 2013
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A GREAT BOOK WELL WORTH THE MONEY ...I HAVE BEEN TO THE COURT OF THE TWO SISTERS IN NEW ORLEANS...THERE'S NO BETTER TURTLE SOUP IN THE WORLD .
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Love this book! Great, easy to follow recipes. Family loves the jambalaya!. It shipped as promised and is a family favorite!
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