My husband went to graduate school in Houston, Texas so for 7 years we got to live right on a bayou where egrets feasted on crawdads and the mosquitoes were the size of small birds. It was a totally new experience for me, having grown up in the burbs of New England! I ate alligator and went to crawfish boils and visited Louisiana for a tour of the swamps. I learned to love Cajun food like gumbo and etouffee and then we moved to Georgia and I lost all that tasty goodness! So, I bought a cookbook and hit an international market or two and learned to cook my own! If you are a lover of all things Cajun you will enjoy Taste of Treme!
Taste of Treme
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Title: Taste of Treme
Subtitle: Creole, Cajun, and Soul Food from New Orleans’ Famous Neighborhood of Jazz
Author: Todd-Michael St. Pierre
Publisher: Ulysses Press (November 6, 2012)
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Format/Length: Hardcover 208 pages
My Review: 5 out of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Bordering its touristy French Quarter twin, the Treme neighborhood is the true birthplace of New Orleans jazz culture. From its earliest days as a neighborhood for free people of color, it has long been famous for its distinctive architecture, creative music and flavorful cuisine. Now, Taste of Treme captures this vibrant district with an authentic collection of its most mouth-watering dishes and tasty cocktails.
From scrumptious Po’ Boy sandwiches, spicy Creole Gumbo, and colorful Mardi Gras Pasta Salad to incredible Shrimp Creole, flaky beignets, and King Cake Cupcakes, this book includes everything that makes Treme a one-of-a-kind foodie destination.
Unequaled for its depth of soul and legendary appetite for life, the Treme neighborhood has recently gained national attention from the critically acclaimed HBO show of the same name. With the recipes in Taste of Treme, fans of the show—or anyone else who craves the most deliciously satisfying soul food—can create authentic Big Easy cuisine that laissez les bons temps rouler.
About the Author:
New Orleans native and foodie, Todd-Michael St. Pierre is author of the popular Cookbooks 1-Taste of Tremé 2-Who Dat Cookin’ 3-A Streetcar Named Delicious & 4-The Mardi Gras Cookbook. And kid’s books like 1-A Piece of Sky 2-The Crawfish Family Band 3-Aidan and the Anteater & 4-Who Dat Night Before Christmas. Todd-Michael has served as a judge for the Reading Rainbow Young Writer’s & Illustrators Contest! He’s developed recipes for Cooking Light magazine & his books have been featured in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Denver Post & on AOL Food! You can read more about this author and his books at his website… ToddStPierre.com
I love it when I find a cookbook that not only has amazing looking recipes but is also interesting to read! If you aren’t familiar with New Orleans or their style of cooking you will learn a lot from reading the introduction and the random text boxes scattered throughout the book. The author describes the difference between Cajun and Creole, gives you some simple recipes to recreate the spices in these dishes and then teach you how to make a roux. Then, he delves into the recipes themselves which are just delicious sounding and each one has a slightly whimsical name to give it even more character. Everything from Who Dat Potato Salad to Uncle Lionel’s Chicken Fried Steak. These recipes are all easy to follow but not particularly simple. Cajun and Creole foods are not known for being quick and easy. According to the author the jazz is slow to keep you busy while the gumbo simmers! You can also browse through the history, culture, artwork, and photographs of New Orleans while your gumbo simmers to really get a feel for area.
Taste of Treme is a nice hardcover cookbook that not only gives you an incredible selection of Cajun/Creole recipes but also offers an amazing look into what truly makes New Orleans unique.
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.