Lafcadio Hearn's Creole Cookbook

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The first Creole cookbook ever written, Lafcadio Hearn's Creole Cook Book is an intriguing look into the customs and habits of the Creole home of the 1870s and 80s.
Lafcadio Hearn, a unique literary figure who through his writings captured the essence of the city of New Orleans, was a great connoisseur of food. A starving newspaper reporter with little means of support, Hearn began his connoisseurship out of a literal hunger for the cuisine of ...

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Overview

The first Creole cookbook ever written, Lafcadio Hearn's Creole Cook Book is an intriguing look into the customs and habits of the Creole home of the 1870s and 80s.
Lafcadio Hearn, a unique literary figure who through his writings captured the essence of the city of New Orleans, was a great connoisseur of food. A starving newspaper reporter with little means of support, Hearn began his connoisseurship out of a literal hunger for the cuisine of New Orleans. The result was La Cuisine Creole , a labor of love now reprinted as
Lafcadio Hearn's Creole Cook Book , that for the modern reader offers an unusual look into the food, customs, and everyday life of New Orleans Creole society.
Spiced with drawings and writings from Hearn's years in New Orleans and preserved in their original form, the recipes in this unique volume reflect the age in which they were created. Through his remarks on preparation, cooking, and storing, as well as hints on housecleaning, Hearn's text offers a remarkable historic vision of life in the Creole household of yesteryear.
Tempting recipes for "Orange Croquante," "Maigre Shrimp Gombo for Lent," "Mushroom Catsup," "Pain Perdu," and other noted New Orleans dishes are mixed with quaint, now forgotten housekeeping directions from his period-how to make yeast, boil soap, and prepare whitewash for the walls. This book is an attractive historical addition to any cookbook library and a long-lasting treasure trove of old New Orleans customs.

First published in New York by W.H. Coleman in 1885 under the title "La Cuisine Creole".

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882897882
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1990
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,079,892

Meet the Author

Born in Greece to an Irish soldier and a Greek mother, Lafcadio Hearn emigrated to the United States at the age of nineteen. While working as a newspaperman in Cincinnati, Ohio, Hearn married a black woman, which was then illegal, and fled to New Orleans to escape prosecution. Once there, he began to work for the New Orleans Item. During his time in New Orleans, Hearn published several books while continuing his work as a journalist.

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