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Posted January 2, 2010
New Orleanians memories
Especially for those who lost so much in the engineering disaster of 2005, this is a book with pictures of many memories. I still have my photo of Santa from Maison Blanche. The historical archives of photos is priceless.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 11, 2009
A CRESCENT CITY CHRISTMAS IS UNLIKE ANY OTHER
While many cities celebrate Christmas in ways that are unique to their area one would be hard pressed to find a city as unique and appealing during the holiday season as New Orleans. Traditions past and present are gathered for us in this keepsake volume with some 168 color photos plus black and white photos, color illustrations, and a comprehensive text. All of this thanks to Peggy Scott Laborde who has produced numerous documentaries on what is now her home city, and John Magill, curator at the Historic New Orleans Collection.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Details of how residents greet the holiday season are featured beginning 200 years ago. That was, of course, before electricity when trees were illuminated with candles (wouldn't dream of that today!), and there were bonfires along the Mississippi River. Authors carry us through the years in 12 chapters right up to now with Benny Grunch and the Bunch.
Each of the chapters is devoted to a different aspect of the holiday celebration - our favorite was, of course, the goings-on in the French Quarter. What is Christmas without good food? A recipe for reveillon from Chef John Besh is included as well as comments from such notable locals as Anne Rice and Irma Thomas.
Many would probably like to visit the Crescent City during the holidays, and here's one way to do it from your armchair.
- Gail Cooke