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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: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 23mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 19 May 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393335372
  • ISBN 13: 9780393335378
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 469,922

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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 - gmbo, 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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"[A] deeply informed and plainly heartfelt investigation into New Orleans' finest food traditions..." Elle "...a lovingly put together account of one woman's culinary tour of a city she comes to adore..." The Sunday Express " affectionate tribute to New Orleans cuisine." The Daily Telegraph "...the best sort of culinary travel writing..." The Bookseller"