Mme. Begue's Recipes of Old New Orleans Creole Cookery (Paperback)
"In 1900 Madame Bi gui wrote her recipes down in a French cook book collectors have always prized. The instructions assume a basic knowledge of cuisine: the measurements are often left to taste, temperature is relative, and cooking times left to the best judgment of the chef. It takes a few pages to realize much of the cookery takes place not on a stove, but over an open fire."-Don Spiro, Zelda: The Magazine of the Vintage Nouveau
Originally published in 1900 from the handwritten notes of Mme. Bi gui herself, this collection of dishes from a quintessential New Orleans restaurant are now available in a edited and modernized version of the 1937 edition. One of the first cookbooks ever published in New Orleans that became a sought-after souvenir of the Bi gui 's dining experience, it has been updated with a foreword by renowned food enthusiast Poppy Tooker. Originally published as a guide for tourists wanting a taste of true Creole cuisine, it includes recipes from other well-known cooks, including Victor Bero from Victor's Restaurant (later called Galatoire's). Tooker recreated the most significant of Madame Bi gui 's creations by providing a contemporary rendition of the original recipe. Included are such treasures as Turtle Soup, Chicken i la Creole, and Creole Gumbo.
About the Author
Poppy Tooker is passionate about food and the people who make it. She hosts the popular weekly radio show "Louisiana Eats!" Her classical training and love of New Orleans cuisine has been recognized globally through her participation in various documentary projects, and she competed on "Throwdown with Bobby Flay, " where her seafood gumbo was deemed better than his. The International Association of Cooking Professionals recognized Tooker with their first Community Service Award, and "Southern Living" magazine named her a Hero of the New South. A writer for many publications, Tooker informs readers on the importance of reviving foods that are pivotal to the Louisiana and New Orleans culture. Her previous book "Louisiana Eats!: The People, the Food, and Their Stories, " a companion to her radio show, received the Literary Award of the Year in 2014 from the Louisiana Library Association. Tooker lives and cooks in New Orleans.