My New Orleans: The Cookbook

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My New Orleans will change the way you look at New Orleans cooking and the way you see World-famous chef John Besh. It's 16 chapters of culture, history, essay and insight, and pure goodness. Besh tells us the story of his New Orleans by the season and by the dish. Archival, four-color, location photography along with ingredient information make the Big Easy easy to tackle in home kitchens. Cooks will salivate over the 200 recipes that honor and celebrate everything New Orleans....

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Overview

My New Orleans will change the way you look at New Orleans cooking and the way you see World-famous chef John Besh. It's 16 chapters of culture, history, essay and insight, and pure goodness. Besh tells us the story of his New Orleans by the season and by the dish. Archival, four-color, location photography along with ingredient information make the Big Easy easy to tackle in home kitchens. Cooks will salivate over the 200 recipes that honor and celebrate everything New Orleans.

Bite by bite John Besh brings us New Orleans cooking like we've never tasted before. It's the perfect blend of contemporary French techniques with indigenous Southern Louisiana products and know-how. His amazing new offering is exclusively brought to fans and foodies everywhere by Andrews McMeel.

From Mardi Gras, to the shrimp season, to the urban garden, to gumbo weather, boucherie (the season of the pig), and everything tasty in between, Besh gives a sampling of New Orleans that will have us all craving for more.

The boy from the Bayou isn't just an acclaimed chef with an exceptional pallet. Besh is a chef with a heart. The ex-marine's passion for the Crescent City, its people, and its livelihood are main courses making him a leader of the city's culinary recovery and resilience after the wrath of Hurricane Katrina.

What People Are Saying

"John Besh is one of the best American chefs of his generation. His extensive knowledge of true Louisiana dishes and traditions adds tremendous credibility to his writing." —Paul Prudhomme, chef and owner of K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen Magic Seasoning Blends

"In his definitive tome, My New Orleans, John Besh captures the true, sweet, and honest voice of a clarinet playing the jazzy song of one of our most deliciously exclusive regional American kitchens." —Mario Batali, Iron Chef, restaurateur, author

"This book is an act of soul. Maestro Besh lives the life he cooks; he doesn't just tell us how to prepare Louisiana favorites, he teaches us what these dishes mean, with an emphasis on how hospitality can enrich civilization." —Wynton Marsalis, musician

"John will take you into the heartland of the South, rich with traditions, stories, and of course, its amazing cuisine!" —Daniel Boulud, chef, restaurateur, and author

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Cafe Reconcile, a New Orleans-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing at-risk youth an opportunity to learn life and interpersonal skills, and operational training for successful entry into the hospitality and restaurant industries.

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It took the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina to fully appreciate the uniqueness of New Orleans. Because of that disaster, Restaurant August chef John Besh has deputized himself to pen a full-course cookbook tribute to the Big Easy. His credentials are sterling: Not only is he a world-renowned New Orleans chef; his cooking style reflects a subtle blend of contemporary French and indigenous Louisiana influences. My New Orleans: The Cookbook will wow home cooks with its 200-plus recipes, then educate them with its 16 illustrated chapters on the city's culture, history, and, of course, cuisine. Delicious reflections on a singular metropolis.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780740784132
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/29/2009
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 50,552
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

John Besh

John Besh is a chef and a native son dedicated to the culinary riches of southern Louisiana. In his restaurants, entrepreneurial pursuits, and public activities, he preserves and promotes ingredients, techniques, and heritage one mouthwatering dish at a time.
Besh grew up in southern Louisiana and has set the benchmark for fine dining in New Orleans. Each of his eight acclaimed restaurants (August, Besh Steak, Lüke, La Provence, American Sector, The Soda Shop, Domenica and Lüke San Antonio) celebrates the bounty and traditions of the region.

From the outset of his career, Besh's talent and drive have earned kudos: Food & Wine magazine named him one of the "Top 10 Best New Chefs in America," and his flagship restaurant, August, was featured in Gourmet magazine's "Guide to America's Best Restaurants" and "America's Top 50 Restaurants." Besh won the James Beard Award for Best Chef of the Southeast in 2006 and received Food Arts' Silver Spoon Award in 2009 for revitalizing the culinary legacy of New Orleans.

Besh's devotion to local ingredients and cuisine also extends to his entrepreneurial projects, including the creation of Besh Restaurant Group Catering; a line of gourmet products; the publication of his first cookbook, My New Orleans (Andrews McMeel Publishing, October 2009); and a follow-up cookbook, My Family Table (Andrews McMeel Publishing, November 2011).

Besh is a frequent guest chef on NBC's Today Show and has appeared on top programs on The Food Network and the Sundance Channel.

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

    essential for colletors- lovely gift

    a delightful book filled with wonderful stories of a culturally rich region and recipes for dishes that will impress your family and friends. Having lived in south Louisiana, I can attest to the authenticity. Mr. Besh is THE new chef of New Orleans and this cookbook a slice of the best of Louisiana.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Great Book on Cajun Cuisine

    This would make a fabulous coffee table book if the recipes weren't so great. Contains a lot of my favorites from the New Orleans area. Some of the best Gumbo recipes I've ever tried.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

    Besh is one of the best. I can't go wrong with his recipes even if I try!

    Love this book! Great for cooking for just me or for a dinner party. It's obvious he has a love of new Orleans, and he does the cuisine like a favorite son.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    I like this book

    This is a novel with the theme being Cajun cooking in New Orleans.
    I really enjoyed reading the entire book. Plus I learned a lot about Cajun cooking.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2012

    One of my Favorite Cookbooks (from an avid cookbook collector)

    These are the New Orleans recipes that take me back to the time I visited the city on vacation in the late 1990's, before hurricane Katrina. This cookbook is a wonderful addition to my collection of over 100 cookbooks, and is truly unique, in that all the recipes in this cookbook are not duplicated in any of my other cookbooks.
    My goal is to try each recipe in this book as they all look so good. As of now, I'm still working my way through in making one recipe each week from this cookbook.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2010

    Fantastic!!

    This is the book to discover New Orleans and all it's regional foods. I really feel like I'm there when I read this book,make the recipes and taste the results. A book that gets to all your senses.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Great cookbook! Delicious recipes!

    I got this cookbook as a gift. So far I tried two of the recipes and both came out great. I highly recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

    Beautiful New Orleans

    The most fantastic thing about the book are the pictures. In addition to a variety of easy to follow recipes are personal stories. I intended to purchased this book as a gift for someone but I ended up keeping it for my own collection.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

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    Very good cookbook

    John Besh is one of my favorite chefs, so I was very excited to receive this book. I have read the book from cover to cover and enjoy every aspect of the book. His stories at he beginning of each chapter are humorous and enjoyable. The photograghs are very colorful and make the food look extremely appetizing. I was a little disappointed in the recipes as I was expecting more cajun-like cuisine and this was more of an overall seasonal mixed cuisine. The recipes are very good, using a lot of fresh ingredients. Some of the ingredients I never would have thought to combine. I would recommend this cookbook to people who collect cookbooks or would like a cookbook to place on their coffee table or who just like to cook!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    Excellent cookbook. I had stopped buying cookbooks a long time

    Excellent cookbook. I had stopped buying cookbooks a long time ago, but was tempted by this one. Completely lives up to it's expectations. We live in South Louisiana and I found the stories delightful and the recipes just as wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Awsome

    Great Chef great book a must for every kitchen

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2010

    Not just a cook book

    This not only has some great recipes, but is fun to read as well....lots of great information.

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