RECIPES AND REMINISCENCES OF NEW ORLEANS | Southern Living Hall of Fame Winner | 1993 ©1971
RECIPES AND REMINISCENCES OF NEW ORLEANS is a regional cookbook published in 1971 by the Parents Club of Ursuline Academy of New Orleans, Louisiana. The cookbook has been named a Southern Living Hall of Fame winner.
Throughout the cookbook, are beautiful pen and ink drawings by Emery Clark depicting New Orleans restaurants and landmarks including, Antoine's, Masson's, Delmonico's, Garden of the Second Ursuline Convent, Galatories, Brennan's, and Pirate's Alley. Chapters begin with an in-depth historical perspective on the course and its importance to the meal.
The recipes look delicious...French Market Beignets, King's Cake, Crepes Suzette, Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce, Cherries Jubilee, Cherry Dump Cake, Rumaki, Pickled Shrimp, Chicken and Dumplings, Jambalaya, Southern Fried Chicken, Oyster Stuffing, Crawfish Étouffée, Oysters Rockefeller, Bar-B-Q Shrimp, Gumbo, Coach House Black Bean Soup, Mardi Gras Salad, Red Beans and Rice, Swiss cheese Fondue, Creole Eggs, and some odd ones like, Hogs Head Cheese.
It is a great example of a "community cookbook,' which were often published for women by women. These cookbooks provide unexpected insights into aspects of American culture and public history at a given time in history. They give the reader a snapshot of historical details not documented elsewhere and have become unofficial records of the past. For some cookbook collectors and culinary scholars, their historical value far outweighs the recipes inside.
Most community cookbooks were created as a charity or community fundraiser. This book was a fundraiser for the Ursuline Convent and dedicated to the Ursuline Nuns of New Orleans. The Sisters have served New Orleans since 1727--and the old convent is the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley.
The 200 page comb-bound cookbook measures 9" high by 6" wide without the plastic comb and is in great used condition. It does have browning on the cover and plastic comb and a few nicks on the cover edge. The Southern Living Hall of Fame sticker is on the front. This is a copy from the eleventh printing in 1993.
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