Gumbo Tales: Finding My Place at the New Orleans Table

Gumbo Tales: Finding My Place at the New Orleans Table


By (author) Sara Roahen

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Hardback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 213mm x 30mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 4 March 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393061671
  • ISBN 13: 9780393061673
  • Sales rank: 1,116,879

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In "Gumbo Tales", Sara Roahen celebrates New Orleans' food culture, one speciality at a time. A cocktail is more than a segue to dinner when it's a Sazerac, an anise-laced drink of rye whiskey and bitters indigenous to New Orleans. For Wisconsin-born Roahen, a Sazerac is also a fine accompaniment to raw oysters, a looking glass into the cocktail culture of her own family - and one more way to gain a foothold in her beloved adopted city.Roahen's stories introduce readers to New Orleans' well-known signatures - gumbo, po-boys, red beans and rice - and its lesser-known gems: the pho of its Vietnamese immigrants, the braciolone of its Sicilians and the ya-ka-mein of its street culture. By eating and cooking her way through a place as unique and unexpected as its infamous turducken, Roahen finds a home. And then Katrina. With humour, poignancy and hope, she conjures up a city that revelled in its food traditions before the storm - and in many ways has been saved by them since.

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SARA ROAHEN's work has appeared in Tin House, Oxford American and Food & Wine magazines. She and her husband own a home in New Orleans. They pay rent in Philadelphia.