Tasting

Whitney Stewart - A CATFISH TALE: A Bayou Story of the Fisherman and His Wife

Event date: 

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 1:30pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us when children's book author Whitney Stewart presents and signs her new picture book, A CATFISH TALE: A Bayou Story of the Fisherman and His Wife

Whitney not only dishes up a great story, but as a special treat she will be dishing out tastes of Hans' fabulous gumbo made from a recipe you can follow from the last page of A CATFISH TALE. Seafood stock that Hans makes from scratch. Start with a roux. Onions, celery, and garlic...shrimp and crabmeat. Yum!

Here is the story:

Deep in the bayou, a Cajun fisherman named Jack catches a magic fish that offers to grant wishes in exchange for being set free. Jack doesn't have a lot of wishes, but his wife Jolie sure does—for a mansion, a paddleboat, fame and fortune! With each wish, all the fish says is "Ah, tooloulou—if that ain't the easiest thing to do." But when Jolie wants to be crowned Mardi Gras queen, have things gone too far?

 

Whitney Stewart is the author of many books for children including: Marshall: A Nantucket Sea Rescue; Who Was Walt Disney?; Becoming Buddha: The Story of Siddhartha; and Jammin' on the Avenue. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, with her husband Hans and son.

 

 

 

 

Kid Chef Eliana – COOL KIDS COOK: Fresh & Fit

Event date: 

Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 10:30am

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Join us for a demonstration and signing with Kid Chef Eliana celebrating the launch of her third cookbook. Come meet her and learn about the mouth-watering recipes in COOL KIDS COOK: Fresh and Fit.

Everyone benefits from healthy menus, and Kid Chef Eliana has created a collection of twenty-six recipes that focus on flavor and fresh ingredients. Her recipes are easy to prepare and kid-friendly. With mouth-watering dishes, including such tasty treats as Vinegar and Sea Salt Kale Chips, Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry, and Inside-Out Peach Crumble, the whole family will be eating nutritious meals prepared by their very own kids!

Kid Chef Eliana competed on the series Super Chef Kids and has her own global, weekly radio show titled “Cool Kids Cook” on the Voice America Kids network. She has appeared on numerous television and radio programs including the Wendy Williams Show and is in production on her own food show. Eliana does cooking demonstrations around the Louisiana at festivals and events and loves to experiment with traditional recipes to make them healthier and easier to prepare. She lives with her family in Harvey, Louisiana.

Michael Murphy – EAT DAT NEW ORLEANS

Event date: 

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us for a presentation and signing with Michael Murphy celebrating the release of his new book, EAT DAT NEW ORLEANS, a story filled portrait of New Orleans food culture. Emeril Lagasse said “EAT DAT is full of everthing we New Orleanians pride ourselves - incredible passion, food culture, and unique stories of the people and places that make up this great city.”

Petit Fours from Bouligny Bakery will be served. (That's Marnie Carmichael's - Michael's wife's business which she launched in October 2012. She's been featured in VOGUE, SOUTHERN LIVING, and ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST.)

EAT DAT NEW ORLEANS is a guidebook that celebrates both New Orleans's food and its people. It highlights nearly 250 eating spots-sno-cone stands and food carts as well as famous restaurants-and spins tales of the city's food lore, such as the controversial history of gumbo and the Shakespearean drama of restaurateur Owen Brennan and his heirs.

Both first-time visitors and seasoned travelers will be helped by a series of appendixes that list restaurants by cuisine, culinary classes and tours, food festivals, and indispensable "best of" lists chosen by an A-list of the city's food writers and media personalities, including Poppy Tooker, Lolis Eric Elie, Ian McNulty, Sara Roahen, Marcelle Bienvenu, Amy C. Sins, and Liz Williams.

EAT DAT is the first in a DAT-Rilogy. HEAR DAT (New Orleans' music culture) and FEAR DAT (vampires, voodoo, graveyards, & ghosts) will be the other two. 

 

Michael Murphy has been in the book business since 1981. His first 13 years were with Random House where he was a VP of Sales & Marketing. In that role, he came down to New Orleans for the first time in 1983 to work with Anne Rice and he was immediately seduced by the city. "I knew I was 'Home.'"

He went on to run William Morrow as their Publisher. After Morrow was acquired by NewsCorp and merged into HarperCollins, he set up his own literary agency, Max & Co. As an agent with clients as distant as Australia, Belgium, the UK, he and Marnie could live anywhere. Paris came in 2nd place and they moved to New Orleans in 2009. "We are never leaving."

Ann Benoit – NEW ORLEANS' BEST ETHNIC RESTAURANTS

Event date: 

Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us for a presentation, food tasting, and booksigning celebrating the release of author and photographer Ann Benoit's new book, NEW ORLEANS' BEST ETHNIC RESTAURANTS.

New Orleans embraces international cuisine with gusto. From its European heritage to more recent culinary infusions from Vietnamese, Croatian, Greek, and Mexican cultures, the Crescent City is now home to hundreds of mouthwatering ethnic restaurants. One hundred of the best ethnic eateries open their doors and their kitchens in this luscious cookbook.

Ann Benoit takes you on a culinary tour of the continents without ever leaving New Orleans. Chosen for their excellence in food and history, iconic eateries such as Galatoire’s and Pho Tau Bay transport the reader from local Creole cuisine to spicy Vietnamese creations. Benoit also reveals such treasures as the Mediterranean gem Fatoush. From the classic Southern food of Praline Connection, hop the pond to the flavors of Europe at La Provence, the Irish House, or Taste of Bavaria. Café Abyssinia, Byblos, and Mona’s Café conjure the delicate flavor of African and Middle Eastern cuisine. Fire up your taste buds at Asian restaurants such as Megumi and Trey Yuen. Complete your gastronomic adventure with a sweet treat; Sucré and Angelo Brocato’s provide French and Italian delights. Featured local festivals celebrating the heritage of every continent bring seasonal excitement to the menu.

Gorgeous photographs capture the atmosphere and flavor of every restaurant, and a chef from each has contributed a signature recipe that can be easily prepared at home. Stories and flavors infuse the pages, making this cookbook the perfect companion for both reminiscing and creating.

A number of the featured restaurants in our neighborhoods will participate in the event and will provide tastes, including:

  • Stein's Deli
  • Flaming Torch
  • La Crepe Nanou
  • La Thai
  • Sukho Thai

And, if you buy a book at the event, you will get a coupon from each of these restaurants for a free glass of wine or a per cent off your bill. 

Ann Benoit lives, loves, photographs, writes, and most importantly eats in New Orleans. A full-time book packager with an expertise in culinary books, she pursues her serious avocations of writing, food, and photography. Former assistant attorney general for the State of Louisiana, Benoit is also the former chief of the antitrust and business litigation section of the Louisiana Department of Justice, former executive director of the Plaquemines Community Care Center, and former chief of the family law division of the Pro Bono Project of New Orleans. She is a graduate of Loyola School of Law, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Mount Carmel Academy.

 

Christy Jordan - Come Home to Supper: Over 200 Casseroles, Skillets, and Sides (Desserts, Too!) to Feed Your Family with Love

Event date: 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join when Christy Jordan, the new doyenne of Southern cooking, presents, signs, and gives sample tastes from her new cookbook, COME HOME TO SUPPER, a heartfelt celebration of family dinners--with an emphasis on easy-to-prepare comfort foods.

To Christy, the dinner table is where everyone can talk about what happened that day and share their struggles and triumphs.  Conceived and written to reflect the reality of today’s hectic schedules, Come Home to Supper includes more than 200 deeply satisfying dishes that are budget-minded, kid-friendly, and quick. Many of the recipes make ingenious use of the slow cooker or a single pot or skillet and require easily found supermarket ingredients. They are the everyday meals that Christy Jordan most loves to cook, her family most loves to eat, and she serves them up with generous helpings of her folksy wisdom, gratitude, and lively stories. At heart the book is a celebration of family dinner.

Christy Jordan is a former editor-at-large of Southern Living, a contributing editor to Taste of the South, and publisher of the wildly popular blog SouthernPlate.com-boasting nearly 1 million unique visitors per month, over 60,000 e-newsletter subscribers, and more than 50,000 Facebook fans. She's appeared on TODAY.  her first book, Southern Plate, has 107,000 copies in print.

With encouragement from Christy, Octavia Books is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank on a food drive during the book signing to help more NOLA families come home to supper. Please drop off as many non-perishable food items (foods that do not need to be frozen or refrigerated) as you can at or before the event; and we will deliver them to the food bank.

Chef John Besh at the Crescent City Farmers Market - COOKING FROM THE HEART

Event date: 

Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Event address: 

Crescent City Farmers Market
700 Magazine St. (corner of Girod)
70130 New Orleans
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Please join us at the Saturday Crescent City Farmers Market for a special signing with New Orleans' own James Beard award-winning chef John Besh featuring his new book, COOKING FROM THE HEART: My Favorite Lessons Learned Along the Way.

 

John Besh shares the lessons he learned from his mentors through 140 accessible recipes and cooking lessons. Featuring lush photography, inspiring personal stories, and a rich expanse of culinary knowledge, COOKING FROM THE HEART is the next best thing to having an apprenticeship with Chef Besh.

COOKING FROM THE HEART, Chef John Besh’s third cookbook, revisits the locations, lessons, and mentors that shaped his culinary journey. From Germany’s Black Forest to the mountains of Provence, each chapter highlights heartfelt memories and delicious recipes—the framework for his love of food.

The all-new, easy-to-follow recipes, complete with regional substitution suggestions, make creating upscale farm-to-table dishes accessible for any at-home chef. The rich production values and personal narrative make this cookbook an equally engaging read.

John Besh is a renowned chef, owner of nine restaurants, host of John Besh’s Family Table on public television, and author of the best-selling cookbooks My New Orleans and My Family Table. He lives with his wife and four boys outside New Orleans.

 


 

Chef John Besh - COOKING FROM THE HEART: My Favorite Lessons Learned Along the Way

Event date: 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us for a book signing with James Beard Award-winning chef John Besh celebrating the release of his new cookbook, COOKING FROM THE HEART: My Favorite Lessons Learned Along the Way

John Besh shares the lessons he learned from his mentors through 140 accessible recipes and cooking lessons. Featuring lush photography, inspiring personal stories, and a rich expanse of culinary knowledge, Cooking from the Heart is the next best thing to having an apprenticeship with Chef Besh.

Cooking from the Heart, Chef John Besh’s third cookbook, revisits the locations, lessons, and mentors that shaped his culinary journey. From Germany’s Black Forest to the mountains of Provence, each chapter highlights heartfelt memories and delicious recipes—the framework for his love of food.

The all-new, easy-to-follow recipes, complete with regional substitution suggestions, make creating upscale farm-to-table dishes accessible for any at-home chef. The rich production values and personal narrative make this cookbook an equally engaging read.

A special treat at for this event, Chef Besh will prepare Porcini & potato soup w/duck rillettes, herb garnish & Chef Lisa's bread. 

John Besh is a renowned chef, owner of nine restaurants, host of John Besh’s Family Table on public television, and author of the best-selling cookbooks My New Orleans and My Family Table. He lives with his wife and four boys outside New Orleans.

 

Kid Chef Eliana - COOL KIDS COOK

Event date: 

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 1:30pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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“Kid Chef Eliana is an inspiration to kid and adult chefs alike and in Cool Kids Cook: Louisiana, her passion shines through. She’s teaching us all to do what we love, be creative, and put our heart in every dish.” – Chef John Besh

Please join us for a booksiging with Kid Chef Eliana celebrating the launch of her new book, COOL KIDS COOK.

Kid Chef Eliana keeps the good times rolling in this kid-friendly cookbook celebrating our Louisiana cuisine. With nearly thirty exciting recipes you can follow, from Jambalaya to Maque Choux to Boudin Balls to Pralines, Eliana guides you on a culinary journey through Louisiana. No matter your age,  she shows you how to safely prepare some most delicious dishes that will excite the taste buds of family and friends.

Kid Chef Eliana is the youngest person ever named a "40 Under 40" by GAMBIT WEEKLY and is one of the 10 "Most Famous Kid Critics and Cooks" according to the Daily Meal and Fox News.  She has her own global weekly radio on the VoiceAmerica Kids network. Eliana was a competitor in Superchef Kids produced by the creator of Iron Chef. She recently appeared on nationally televised The Wendy Williams Show.

Kit Wohl - NEW ORLEANS CLASSIC COCKTAILS

Event date: 

Friday, November 16, 2012 - 5:30pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please gather with us at Octavia Books, along with Tales of the Cocktail and Old New Orleans Rum, to celebrate the release of Kit Wohl's beautiful new book, NEW ORLEANS CLASSIC COCKTAILS: Spirited Recipes.

Kit will present and sign copies. And, there will be some refreshing sips too. Since it's a Friday afternoon, we're starting a half hour earlier than our usual time.

No place does celebrations better than New Orleans, and most celebrations call for a cocktail. Celebrations and cocktails naturally go together.  More than sixty recipes from the city's legendary and quirky establishments are included, such as the Sazerac, Ramos Gin Fizz, Absinthe Suissesse, and dozens more. Each is stunningly photographed and accompanied by recipes, both traditional and unconventional. From highfalutin to down home, the Big Easy's mixologists and bartenders take great pride in well-crafted cocktails designed for lazy afternoons, early excursions, before or after meals, at cocktail parties, or to top off an evening. We know what a cocktail means; a proper one is an attitude. Swagger into a joint or sashay into a swanky establishment-at either end of the spectrum, cocktails are sipped and savored. Combine libation and service, ambiance, and spirited companions (preferably accompanied by music), and a drink becomes magical. A cocktail. An experience. Conviviality is a New Orleans custom. Let's discuss it over a cocktail.

The latest addition to the Classic Recipes Series, this compilation provides recipes and techniques paired with the inspiration behind each drink. All infusions are home-tested with the nonprofessional mixologist in mind.

Kit Wohl is a writer, photographer, graphics designer and artist. Following completion Arnaud's Restaurant Cookbook in 2005,  she designed, photographed, researched and wrote the first five volumes of her New Orleans Classic restaurant series, each covering a different aspect of the city's traditional and mainstream cuisines-Desserts 2007, Seafood 2008, Appetizers 2008, and Gumbos and Soups 2010, and Brunches 2012. Her sixth book, the P&J Oyster Cookbook,  was named "Cookbook of the Year" by New Orleans Magazine.  She is also the recent author of The James Beard Foundation's Best of the Best: A 25th Anniversary Celebration of America's Outstanding Chefs.

Cynthia LeJeune Nobles - THE DELTA QUEEN COOKBOOK: The History and Recipes of the Legendary Steamboat

Event date: 

Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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“Cruise along with Nobles to discover eighty years of history served up with authentic recipes, spanning the gilded age of the 1890s through the austerity of World War II right into the cutting edge cuisine of the twenty-first century. A certain Southern sensibility prevails throughout, making the entire trip an elegant experience.”
Poppy Tooker, host of Louisiana Eats! and author of Crescent City Farmers Market Cookbook

Join us for an evening with Cynthia LeJeune Nobles who will present and sign her fascinating historical book on the world's last authentic overnight wooden steamboat and the food that was served on board.

The Delta Queen cruised America’s inland waters from 1927 through 2008, offering passengers breathtaking views, luxury accommodations, rousing entertainment, and southern-style feasts. For over eighty-two years, chefs in the small galley served memorable meals—from fried chicken and creole gumbo to strawberry shortcake and praline pecan pie. The Delta Queen Cookbook brings the Delta Queen’s story to life with an engaging historical narrative and over 125 recipes prepared by the steamboat’s former chefs during their tenures in the “cookhouse.”

Nobles traces the story of the “Grand Old Lady” as she faced remarkable social, economic, and political challenges. The Delta Queen became a haven for illegal drinking during Prohibition, and she survived the effects of the Great Depression, World War II, and increasingly modern and sophisticated competition. Each chapter ends with authentic Delta Queen recipes—including Citrus and Watercress Salad with Chili Dressing, Roast Duck and Wild Rice Soup, Speckled Trout Pecan, Eggs Crawkitty, Steamboat Pudding, and more—proportioned and tested for home kitchens.

The Delta Queen Cookbook includes interviews with former crew, chefs, and passengers; over 90 historical and full-color photographs; and vintage and modern menus. History buffs, steamboat lovers, and home cooks alike will revel in the memories and tastes that make the Delta Queen one of America’s best-loved national treasures.

A member of the Newcomb College Culinary History Writers Group, Cynthia LeJeune Nobles contributed several chapters to New Orleans Cuisine. She lives in Baton Rouge with her husband.

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