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Tom Fitzmorris's Hungry Town: A Culinary History of New Orleans, the City Where Food Is Almost Everything Hardcover – May 1, 2010
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Fitzmorris has been writing about food and his city since college days, arriving on the scene in the 1970s, just ahead of the Cajun food craze and the launch of such celebrity chefs as Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse. He has, over time, written books, blogs, newsletters, newspaper columns and, above all, led a food-focused radio show. He relates the changing favorites and old traditions of New Orleans, where good food is assumed, the shift to different ways of preparing old favorites that began in the 1980s and onward. Included in the book are several recipes for those who like Oysters Rockefeller, grillades and grits, corn Macquechoux, rootbeer--glazed ham and many other local delights. His reporting on food naturally includes his own career and family, since they seem completely entwined.
However, not surprisingly, everything changed with the arrival of Katrina in 2005. He and his family evacuated but he soon returned, drawn back by his attachment to the city and questions from others about the state of the restaurant trade. He soon found a handful of restaurants open, some serving the hungry who had never left, others feeding the troops and emergency workers looking for something better than MRE's. Here he recounts the charitable work of Prudhomme and the owner of Drago's restaurant, both of whom fed countless thousands shortly after the storm.Read more ›
Katrina and federal malfeasance erased 80% of one of the world's great places, as important to .U.S. history as Boston or Philadelphia. The disaster from Superstorm Sandy (a mere category 1) was much smaller, since Katrina raked the eastern Gulf Coast. In New Orleans alone, 1000 people died, and a huge diaspora spread to both coasts. From where I sat, it seemed to me the city was finished, especially since Congressional barbarians, on both sides of the aisle, as well as the barbarians who elected them, were more than willing to let New Orleans die.Read more ›
It's got enough of the author in it to have a voice and a personality, but is not just "all about him" and what he went through. He really pulls off the complicated task of bringing together the "food stories" of everyone in post-Katrina New Orleans, touching on the restaurants, the customers, the chefs, the servers, and yes, the writers and broadcasters who have New Orleans food as their center. I hope this book sees reviews and sales outside New Orleans; it's a different kind of history of how Katrina affected the Crescent City, and a good one.
When (not if) it goes into a second edition, they should add a companion CD of New Orleans "food songs." There are plenty to choose from!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So far good stories about the city. A plus was this was a signed bookPublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
There some interesting stuff in this book, but its a fairly modern history of food in New Orleans.Published 12 months ago by Jordan H. Kanavel
New Orleans is about food and music, and Tom Fitzmorris has long been New Orleans' premier food critic. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Nemoman
If I hadn't been raised in New Orleans and I liked learning more about Katrina, I would not have finished the book. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Charles A Perrenod
I am not a fan of Tom Fitzmorris. His persona on the radio is one of a pompous jerk, and that certainly comes through in this book. Read morePublished 16 months ago by PartyLady
Tom Fitzmorris's "Hungry Town: A Culinary History of New Orleans, the City where Food is Almost Everything" should be "Tom Fitzmorris: The Central Figure in The New... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jim Moore
the book has its good points. Having lived in New Orleans I was able to see what happened to some of my favorite places. Read morePublished on May 27, 2013 by Leroy E. Mc Colligan
This book captures New Orleans history through restaurant and home dishes. Recipes included! This is a delightful recap of New Orleans's evolvement since the 1970's. Read morePublished on March 15, 2013 by Michael D. Heine
If you love New Orleans you will love this book. It covers a broad time span and includes several poignant stories of survival and determination after Katrina. Read morePublished on March 7, 2013 by Sue