Louisiana Eats!: The People, the Food, and Their Stories

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"If Poppy Tooker didn't exist we'd have to invent her, complete with the outrageous jewelry, dead serious scholarship, deep love for her home territory and wonderful way with words. In a land where storytelling and wit are art forms, she shines. You want to know New Orleans people and their food with all their fascinating back stories? Read Poppy . . . there is no one like her anywhere."
-Lynne Rossetto Kasper, host of American Public Media's The Splendid Table

"Poppy knows the New Orleans culinary scene from the...

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Overview

"If Poppy Tooker didn't exist we'd have to invent her, complete with the outrageous jewelry, dead serious scholarship, deep love for her home territory and wonderful way with words. In a land where storytelling and wit are art forms, she shines. You want to know New Orleans people and their food with all their fascinating back stories? Read Poppy . . . there is no one like her anywhere."
-Lynne Rossetto Kasper, host of American Public Media's The Splendid Table

"Poppy knows the New Orleans culinary scene from the inside out. She has worked hard to preserve New Orleans food traditions like no other person I know. For fans of hers on the airwaves there's now a print version that also pays tribute to the fascinating folks involved with local foodways and restaurants. To put it simply, this book is dessert-that only Poppy can create!"
-Peggy Scott Laborde, WYES-TV

"In Louisiana, our food is black and white, it's Sicilian and Creole, it's what your mama cooks and it's what the fancy chef downtown cooks. Poppy Tooker embodies the institutional memory of this state and in Louisiana Eats! she demonstrates that the peoples of this place (black, white, Voodoo, Catholic, and Jewish) have created a culinary heritage that is as toothsome as it is serious."
-Lolis Eric Elie, author of Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans

"Poppy Tooker's love for the individuals who stubbornly defend Louisiana's food traditions is evident in her prose and her passion. David Spielman's portraits beautifully accompany the stories by emphasizing the dignity of these Louisiana heroes."
-Richard McCarthy, executive director of Slow Food USA

"Poppy Tooker has become the 'go to' person for anything about what's happening on the food scene in and around New Orleans. Her interest in the rich culinary history of New Orleans is to be admired, and I know this book will be enjoyed by all who want to keep our foodways alive and well."
-Marcelle Bienvenu, food columnist, cookbook author, and culinary historian

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455618767
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/15/2013
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 942,492
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

David G. Spielman is a well-known photographer and writer who has lived and worked in New Orleans since the 1970s. His long and successful career has included photograph shoots on six of the seven continents. Two recent projects of major significance include a collection of southern authors photographed in their workspaces and a collection of photographs of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Spielman continues to make New Orleans home.

A native New Orleanian, Poppy Tooker is passionate about food and the people who make it. She was awarded both a master chef's diploma and a cooking teacher's diploma in 1985 upon completion of Madeline Kamman's legendary professional course. Tooker hosts the popular weekly radio show Louisiana Eats!

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