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Meanwhile, Back at Café Du Monde . . .: Life Stories about Food Hardcover – September 20, 2012
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"With the Super Bowl being held in New Orleans on Feb 3rd, there is no better time to pick up a copy of this book and sink back into these amusing tales . Then, cook up a few of these Louisiana recipes and see what memories they help you create." - Texas Home and Living Magazine
"The stories in Meanwhile Back at Café Du Monde on the surface are amusing and uplifting, but they contain so much more depth. They explain a society that uses food for much more than simply eating. Americans use food for comfort, hope, escape and symbolism." - Okra Magazine
"A Louisiana native turns a conversation into a popular, standup play and now a new book with some amazing recipes." - Chili Pepper Magazine
"We eat, drink, and tell the tales of our lives, our loves, our hopes, and our dreams. Sweeney McDonald has hit on the fabulous idea of putting that experience between the covers of a beautiful, glossy coffee table book. Actually, it feels weird to call it a coffee table book. It's certainly visually sumptuous--courtesy of photographer Troy--but we rarely read coffee table books. We just think of them more as decorative objects d'art--and this is a book that deserves to be read" - Sam Bernstein, West Hollywood News
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Celebrating the Universal Language-Food-and How Our Lives Revolve Around the Satisfaction of It!
On May 16, 2010, Meanwhile, Back At Café Du Monde . . . premiered at the Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana, with fifteen foodies sharing their life stories about food. The show continued to be produced at restaurants and venues throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, and California with hundreds of people sharing their endearing stories with a common thread of food. The events were a little bit of theatre, a lot about cuisine, and a true celebration of how food is so very important in our lives and our culture. This volume includes sixty-seven of the "Louisiana" stories presented at the Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport, Los Angeles, and San Francisco shows in 2010 and 2011. For those who haven't ever been to Café Du Monde, it is simply a metaphor for your own special comfort food place that invokes tasty memories of life, love, family, and friends . . . memories to warm your heart, feed your soul, and make you pause to savor the sweetness of life!
As Café Du Monde celebrates its 150th anniversary, we are delighted to include a foreword by Karen Benrud of the Café Du Monde family along with their history and vintage pictures.
Peggy Sweeney-McDonald, creator of Meanwhile, Back At Café Du Monde . . ., grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. As president of Superstar Events-LA, she produces unique red carpet, non-profit, and corporate events. Sweeney-McDonald is a graduate of Louisiana State University and was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. She worked in film, theatre, and commercials as an actress for more than twenty-five years and is actively developing southern film projects. Sweeney-McDonald and her husband reside in Los Angeles, California.
Troy Kleinpeter grew up on a farm in Grosse Tete, Louisiana. He is a partner in Kleinpeter Photography, one of the premiere photography studios in the Baton Rouge area known for its beautiful family portraits. He has been the official photographer for Meanwhile, Back At Café Du Monde . . . since the first show at the Myrtles Plantation and has photographed hundreds of the headliners, emcees, audiences, and countless pictures at Café Du Monde! Kleinpeter and his family live in Prairieville, Louisiana.
A portion of the book's proceeds will be donated to Liberty's Kitchen a nonprofit based in New Orleans.
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A few years ago Peggy Sweeney-McDonald got the idea to put together a performance where celebrities in and out of the food industry would present monologues about their relationship to food and specifically New Orleans food.
In the introduction Sweeney-McDonald relates, "What would I call it? When I lived in New Orleans I had coined the phrase "Meanwhile back at Cafe DuMonde" on one of my many visits there. My husband, Jimmy, said to me "everyone has their own Cafe Du Monde, as it is a metaphor for the place you always go to, your own comfort food place."
With help of family and friends she got the idea of using TV personalities, chefs, restaurant owners actors and writers and of course foodies. Their premiere show was at the Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville in May 2010 and it was a hit. It's traveled to different venues around the state and in 2011 Mayor Kip Holden declared May 12 as "Meanwhile Back at Cafe Du Monde... Day."
Now they've compiled a coffee table book of the monologues from these performances. Along with beautiful full color photograph this is a book anyone would be proud to display in their home.
Many of stories are funny, some for them touching and all revolve around food in one way or the other, especially New Orleans food and what it means to people. Leah Chase, Gen. Russell Honore Jeremey Davenport, Mayor Kip Holden are just some of the luminaries who provide monologues for the book.
In addition, some of the celebrities provide delicious recipes throughout.Read more ›
This book has brought back memories of cooking with my pop as a little girl. My sweet little boy and I cook together as often as possible, we do have a standing date on our 'Pasta Sunday's to make our traditional sauce.
The Jambalaya recipe in this book is absolutely to die for! Courtesy of the beautiful and talented author.
Peggy knew this love and what started as an offhand family comment blossomed into an idea for others to share their Cafe Du Monde moments, while being served good food- aka a typical Louisiana family event! The book aims to share some of those stories, and the wonderful food, with everyone! A vignette that resounds with us all if that from Drew Ramsey, owner of Hubig's Pies. He tells the tale of how his father was trying to get back into NOLA after Hurricane Katrina and was admitted because he was wearing a tshirt with Savory Simon, their pie mascot on it. The memory is even more poignant for NOLA, as the Hubig Pie Factory burned down in July, leaving NOLA bereft of its nearly century old pies for the time being (they are promising to rebuild).Read more ›
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I truly looked forward to reading this book and trying some good home cooking style recipes from fellow New Orleanians. I was however, sadly disappointed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lambchops
This is a beautiful book full of tasty stories about food, family, friendship, and all the most delicious things in life. Read morePublished on May 22, 2014 by Erika Kerekes
Love this amazing food story/cook book. So many amazing New Orleans recipes along with stories from the Chef's who have created them! Read morePublished on May 16, 2014 by Sandy
I LOVE this book. It really captures the essence and importance of food in the Louisiana culture and the format, style and stories are just fantastic. Read morePublished on April 27, 2014 by Samira Salman
This book is a series of 67 monologues about food – reminisces, random thoughts, and recipes. Unfortunately, it really is too much randomness, and not enough recipes. Read morePublished on April 23, 2014 by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
One of the great foodie books out there, you need to buy this one!!! Cafe Du Monde a true NOLA treasure.Published on October 7, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Family, friends, food, love, life....that is New Orleans and that is Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde...Reading this book makes you happy. Read morePublished on September 8, 2013 by Kelly
What a charming & unique concept for a cookbook! I especially enjoyed the beautiful full color photographs, scrumptious comfort food recipes, and tasty stories.Published on August 28, 2013 by creme brulee