From Publishers Weekly
In this mouthwatering debut cookbook, Spicer, noted chef and proprietor of New Orleans's Bayona and Herb-saint, offers a vibrant look at the diversity and breadth of her local cuisine. With more than 170 recipes ranging from Cajun-spiced Pecans and Classic N'Awlins Shrimp Boil to Spicy Thai Salad with Shrimp, Pork, and Crispy Rice Noodles, Spicer highlights the range of the region's cuisine. Shellfish appear in several recipes such as Poached Oysters with Leeks and Bacon, and Shrimp and Tomato Bisque. Sandwiches, gumbos and desserts are also given ample attention. Throughout, Spicer provides brief but helpful descriptions of unusual ingredients such as file powder and less common techniques like cold smoking. The must-try Killer Cocktails section (to-go cup not included) and Spicer Pantry list of important tools and ingredients will make any cook happy. This comprehensive guide to New Orleans cuisine will whet the appetite and please the palate. 86 color photos not seen by PW
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“This is a great cookbook, full of accessible recipes that people can cook from everyday. Susan Spicer is a master at marrying exotic flavors with great Southern food. She is a New Orleans treasure and one of the most talented chefs at work in America today.”
“Susan Spicer is a chef who dazzles the palate with flavors rooted in her beloved New Orleans. Her long-awaited debut, Crescent City Cooking
, is full of mouth-watering recipes and show-stealing sides, and her chapter on killer cocktails from Bourbon Street is simply not to be missed. This book is one big party. Congratulations, Susan.”
“Susan Spicer is one of my favorite chefs in my favorite dining city in the world. Her sense of place and tradition is as romantic as it is alluring, and her recipes, basted with an incredible depth of flavor, are disarmingly simple to prepare. Susan's cooking celebrates the vibrant key of the French quarter, and the food in this book is tasty, delicious and exciting to make.”
"Susan's cuisine is a true journey around the world, blending soulful ingredients into exciting and original recipes. Her love for New Orleans' tradition shines through her innovative cooking."
–Daniel Boulud, Chef/Restaurateur