Partially because of Christmas giving and also for other reasons, would appreciate recommendations for books in three categories:
1. New Orleans related cookbooks.
2. Guides for first time New Orleans visitors which cover food, whether exclusively or not.
3. Books on food in New Orleans for the serious foodie.
One of my favorites is "Breakfast at Brennan's and Dinner Too". It has most of the reciepes from Brennans plus a lot of history on the Brennan family. The quality is excellent plus I've tried many of the receipes and they really work! Mind you, this is Creole, not Cajun. Cost's $27.50; call (504) 525-9713 or fax (504) 525-2302. Hard cover, glossy paper, great gift. As for your other questions, I think your best source is this website.