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Mar 13, 2012 11:39 AM

food and restaurant books

I am in search of opinions of some of the better

food related books on New Orleans.

I tend to prefer either upscale (but not stuffy) or very funky places.


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  1. Are you looking for a bookstore, or for specific titles? Kitchen Witch is a food bookstore in the FQ:

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    1. re: Hungry Celeste

      I am looking for books and articles on farmers markets, restaurants, etc in NO

      for serious eaters.

      1. re: bukzin

        I think Sarah Roahen's "Gumbo Tales" is one of the best (contemporary) books on New Orleand food, but it is neither a guide book in the usual sense nor a cookbook. Poppy Tooker has authored "Crescent City Farmer's Market" cookbook.

        Are you looking for a guide book?

        1. re: nomadchowwoman

          I second the recommendation for "Gumbo Tales". The stories cover the entire expanse from high end dining to low.

          1. re: Fydeaux

            I put that book into the "great" category. I couldn't put it down.

            1. re: nomadchowwoman

              Totally agree! And if you happen to be in The Quarter, do go to Kitchen Witch (as recommended by Hungry Celeste) on Toulouse St.; it contains a plethora of new, used, ordinary, and unusual books relating to food.

              1. re: lillidalla

                I have hearing about that place for a while; I need to go and find it. I can't get it to come up via the link or by googling, for some reason. Any idea what it's near?

                1. re: nomadchowwoman

                  It's in the 600 block of Toulouse, a couple doors down from One Eyed Jacks, if that helps. There's some art galleries in that block, and a Regions bank on the corner...The new Camellia Grill is just down the block too. It's not difficult to find, right in the heart of the Quarter.

                  1. re: uptownlibrarian

                    TY--I'm going to make a point of going there this wekend. Maybe I'll try the new CG; haven't eaten at the old one in forever.

    2. The Encyclopedia of Cajun and Creole Cuisine, by chef John Folse. Also Gumbo Tales, by Sara Roahen. The first is gigantic. Kind of a coffee table book, but incredible.

      1. One of my favorites (I apologize, I cannot remember the name of the author) is The Art of Dining in New Orleans. The author, an artist, has drawn illustrations of the restaurants and their signature dishes, with recipes included. A truly beautiful and utterly unpretentious book which I think would have a place in anybody's collection.

        1. In the very funky category - try Uglesich's Cookbook.

          1. Interesting, if you can locate one in a thrift store, or at the Symphony Book fair, is an original copy of the New Orleans Underground Gourmet, by Richard Collin Wonderful descriptions of restaurants long gone, witha price list that will never return. (Berdou's: pompano a papillote for $3.00?! I wish I had a time machine...

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            1. re: underworld gourmet

              I found one on Amazon. A 1973 edition.

              Wonder how many of those places are still open?