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Etouffée, Mon Amour: The Great Restaurants of New Orleans Hardcover – September 30, 2002
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"Kerri is truly one of America's most exciting photojournalists."
"Kerri's work is lush with natural light that makes the images sensual and rich, and transforms the places she photographs into poems."
--Francis Ford Coppola
"A virtual must for all devotees of New Orleans culture, Etouffï¿½e, Mon Amour is a most pleasurable means to enjoy food, architecture, and history in one book."
"McCaffety knows how to capture the fleeting beauty of a moment."
--New Orleans Times-Picayune
From the antebellum legacies of grand old restaurants like Antoine's, Tujague's, and Bruning's to the newcomers like Jacques-Imo's, Bayona, and Clancy's, not to mention the legion in between, the countless stories of establishments dedicated to the je ne sais quoi of dining form part of the essential history of New Orleans. Kerri McCaffety's mix of history and evocative, rich photographs documents an unparalleled majesty of the senses, a decadent revelry in the past, and the daily marking of pleasure.
Heralded as "one of the great photo-journalists of America" by John Mariani of Esquire, writer and photographer Kerri McCaffety has exhibited her work in art galleries throughout New Orleans. Her many awards and accolades include a Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition gold award, two Benjamin Franklin Awards, two Independent Publisher Book Awards, and a Book of the Year award from the New Orleans Gulf South Booksellers Association. Her photographs of historic New Orleans saloons are part of the permanent collection at the Louisiana State Museum, and her work has appeared in such publications as Metropolitan Home, Oxford American, Town & Country, Historic Traveler, Colonial Homes, Southern Accents, Travel + Leisure, and the Seattle Times. A graduate of Tulane University's Newcomb College with a degree in anthropology, McCaffety has photographed studies around the world, including work in Europe, Central Africa, and Haiti. She is the author of The Majesty of the French Quarter and St. Joseph Altars and the photographer of The Majesty of St. Charles Avenue, all available from Pelican.
About the Author
Kerri McCaffety counts among her accolades a Gold Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers and an Author of the Year award from the New Orleans Gulf South Booksellers Association. Her books with Pelican include Obituary Cocktail: The Great Saloons of New Orleans; The Majesty of St. Charles Avenue; Etouffée, Mon Amour: The Great Restaurants of New Orleans; Napoleon House; St. Joseph Altars; The Majesty of the French Quarter; Visions of the Vieux Carré; The Majesty of St. Francisville; and Let’s Walk the French Quarter.
Peggy Scott Laborde is the producer and host of Steppin' Out, which airs on WYES-TV in New Orleans. Her professional accomplishments have earned her awards from the Press Club of New Orleans and American Women in Radio and Television. She has garnered praise for her extensive efforts in conserving the arts and history of New Orleans. Laborde is also the coauthor of Pelican's Canal Street: New Orleans' Great Wide Way and Christmas in New Orleans.
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-Francis Ford Coppola
Bachelor of Science in anthropology at Tulane University, New Orleans, 1989
Internship with Peter Woloszynski, World of Interiors, 1995
Kerri McCaffety has photographed twelve books, six of which she also wrote. Awards for her books and images include a gold Lowell Thomas award, gold and silver Benjamin Franklin Awards, an Alpha award, New Orleans Gulf South Booksellers Association's Book of the Year, and two silver Independent Publisher awards. While documenting the city's architectural and cultural history, she has been called "stunningly skilled," "a genius," and "the reigning Queen of New Orleans color photography." Her works have been deemed "pillars of Louisiana's cultural record."
In 1998, McCaffety published her first book, Obituary Cocktail, The Great Saloons of New Orleans, a photographic essay and history exploring the city's social and architectural heritage through its tradition of drink. It was named Book of the Year by regional booksellers, broke sales records in New Orleans, and became a local sensation. Obituary Cocktail went on to inspire a fan club and a popular bar tour while winning major awards from the country's two leading independent publishers' groups.
McCaffety's latest book, New Orleans New Elegance, published by Random House imprint Monacelli Press, is scheduled for release in May 2012.
Her books include:
Obituary Cocktail, The Great Saloons of New Orleans, 1998
The Majesty of the French Quarter, 1999
The Majesty of St. Charles Avenue (with writer Cynthia McCaffety), 2001
Masking and Madness: Mardi Gras in New Orleans (with writer Cynthia McCaffety), 2002
Etouffée, Mon Amour: The Great Restaurants of New Orleans, 2002
St. Joseph Altars, 2003
The Chandelier Through the Centuries, 2006
Napoleon House (with writer Mikko Macchione), 2006
The Finest Rooms in America by Thomas Jayne, 2010
Big Easy Style by Bryan Batt, October 2011
New Orleans New Elegance, May 2012
McCaffety's work has been featured in Metropolitan Home, House Beautiful, Interior Design, Colonial Homes, Southern Accents, The Oxford American, Home Magazine, Town and Country, Louisiana Cultural Vistas, Historic Traveler and Travel & Leisure. Her photographs are a part of the permanent collection at the Louisiana State Museum and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
In 2007 and 2008, McCaffety served as Features Editor at Louisiana Homes and Gardens Magazine.