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New Orleans: A Food Biography (Big City Food Biographies) Hardcover – December 19, 2012
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Williams’s authoritative New Orleans: A Food Biography explains why New Orleans fare is what it is. Williams takes a comprehensive approach, detailing the many forces and establishments—from the Mississippi River, with its bounty of ship and freshwater fish, to the local grocery chain Schwegmann’s—that have shaped the way the city eats and cooks. (Saveur)
Williams, the director of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, a New Orleans non-profit living history organization (southernfood.org), draws upon insights from history, economics, the law, and geography to craft a compelling book-length narrative from a considerable variety of data. . . This is all done very well. . . . The description of local foods in the final chapter and the bibliography are both also very useful, and the book is notable for its attention to more contemporary developments in New Orleans restaurant culture. ... New Orleans: A Food Biography is a book well worth reading and using. It evidences its narrative by a range of useful information from several fields; it includes the basics on many of the key people, institutions, and foods of the area; and it presents a picture of local foodways that will be accessible and interesting to students and general readers as well as scholars. I look forward to more books in this series. (Digest: A Journal of Foodways & Culture)
Only in New Orleans would our food be considered just as important as any person and worthy of its own biography! So, whether you’re a native New Orleanian or simply a fan of our cooking, just reading New Orleans: A Food Biography is sure to satisfy your craving. This book digs into the rich, centuries-old history of the many ethnic and geographic influences that have gone into making our cuisine so uniquely New Orleans. (Dickie Brennan, New Orleans chef/restaurateur)
Liz Williams loads us into her time capsule for a journey to the mecca of New World cuisine. Through New Orleans: A Food Biography we experience the richness of the original fusion cuisine. New Orleans brought together every Western food tradition, and the Amerindian traditions, and over the centuries the glory that is New Orlean’s cuisine evolved. Like to eat? Read this now. (Dale DeGroff, master mixologist and author of The Craft of the Cocktail)
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This is a truly delicious love letter to New Orleans food culture and heritage. Readers will find pet topics, chefs, restaurants or dishes not included here. But no one can fault Williams competence or enthusiasm in this work. This book is utterly wonderful, educational, and challenging from beginning to end.