The Delta Queen Cookbook: The History and Recipes of the Legendary Steamboat [NOOK Book]

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The world's last authentic overnight wooden steamboat, the Delta Queen cruised America's inland waters from 1927 through 2008, offering passengers breathtaking views, luxury accommodations, rousing entertainment, and southern-style feasts. For over eighty-two years, chefs in the small galley served memorable meals -- from fried chicken and crawfish en croûte to strawberry shortcake and beignets. The Delta Queen Cookbook brings the Delta Queen's story to life with an engaging historical narrative and over 125 ...

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The Delta Queen Cookbook: The History and Recipes of the Legendary Steamboat

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Overview

The world's last authentic overnight wooden steamboat, the Delta Queen cruised America's inland waters from 1927 through 2008, offering passengers breathtaking views, luxury accommodations, rousing entertainment, and southern-style feasts. For over eighty-two years, chefs in the small galley served memorable meals -- from fried chicken and crawfish en croûte to strawberry shortcake and beignets. The Delta Queen Cookbook brings the Delta Queen's story to life with an engaging historical narrative and over 125 recipes prepared by the steamboat's former chefs during their tenures in the cookhouse. Nobles traces the story of the "Grand Old Lady" as she faced remarkable social, economic, and political challenges. The Delta Queen became a haven for illegal drinking during Prohibition, and she survived the effects of the Great Depression, World War II, and increasingly modern and sophisticated competition. Despite the obstacles, this flapper-era boat always found a seamless way to coddle passengers with cozy staterooms and delectable fare. Each chapter ends with authentic Delta Queen recipes -- including Citrus and Watercress Salad with Chili Dressing, Roast Duck and Wild Rice Soup, Speckled Trout Pecan, Eggs Crawkitty, Steamboat Pudding, and more -- proportioned and tested for home kitchens.

The Delta Queen Cookbook includes interviews with former crew, chefs, and passengers; over ninety historical and full-color photographs; and vintage and modern menus. History buffs, steamboat lovers, and home cooks alike will revel in the memories and tastes that make the Delta Queen one of America's best-loved national treasures.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807145395
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 9/17/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 976,469
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

A member of the Newcomb College Culinary History Writers Group, Cynthia LeJeune Nobles contributed several chapters to New Orleans Cuisine. She lives in Baton Rouge with her husband.

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CalasYield: 2 dozen

Calas are similar to New Orleans's famous sugar-dusted beignets. In the 1800s and well into the twentieth century, Creoles enjoyed calas with caf� noir (black coffee) or caf� au lait (coffee with milk). Originally made with yeast, the batter adapted well to the modern baking powders that became widely available after the mid-1800s.

2/3 cup unbleached flour1 tablespoon baking powder1/4 teaspoon salt3 large eggs1/3 cup sugar1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg1/2 teaspoon vanilla2 cups cold cooked riceVegetable oil for fryingConfectioners' sugar for dusting

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk in eggs, sugar, nutmeg, and vanilla. Stir in rice. Refrigerate batter while oil heats.

In a deep fryer or heavy pot, heat 1 1/2 inches oil to 365�F. Drop batter by a rounded tablespoon and fry until golden brown, about 2--3 minutes. (Refrigerate batter between batches.) Remove cooked calas from oil, drain, and liberally sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Serve hot.

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  • Posted September 23, 2012

    Excellent

    A wonderful cookbook with so many recipes used on the DELTA QUEEN from over the years from the very folks that prepared the dishes. But in addition to that this is a great history of the DELTA QUEEN. As a past passenger I knew some of the information first hand, but there are many little known facts in this book as well. Ms. Nobles captures it all in this one book. A great addition to any kitchen, but also a must have for any DELTA QUEEN fan.

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