Lafcadio Hearn's Creole Cook Book: With the Addition of a Collection of Drawings and Writings by Lafcadio Hearn During His Sojourn in New Orleans from 1877 to 1887 : a Literary and Culinary Adventure

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Pelican Publishing Company, 1990 - Cooking - 268 pages

The first Creole cookbook ever written, Lafcadio Hearn's Creole Cookbook"is an intriguing look into the customs and habits of the Creole home of the 1870s and 80s.

Lafcadio Hearn, a unique literary figure who through his writings captured the essence of the city of New Orleans, was a great connoisseur of food. A starving newspaper reporter with little means of support, Hearn began his connoisseurship out of a literal hunger for the cuisine of New Orleans. The result was La Cuisine Creole,a labor of love now reprinted as Lafcadio Hearn's Creole Cookbook,that for the modern reader offers an unusual look into the food, customs, and everyday life of New Orleans Creole society.

Spiced with drawings and writings from Hearn's years in New Orleans and preserved in their original form, the recipes in this unique volume reflect the age in which they were created. Through his remarks on preparation, cooking, and storing, as well as hints on housecleaning, Hearn's text offers a remarkable historic vision of life in the Creole household of yesteryear. Tempting recipes for "Orange Croquante," "Maigre Shrimp Gombo for Lent," "Mushroom Catsup," "Pain Perdu," and other noted New Orleans dishes are mixed with quaint, now forgotten housekeeping directions from his period-how to make yeast, boil soap, and prepare whitewash for the walls. This book is an attractive historical addition to any cookbook library and a long-lasting treasure trove of old New Orleans customs.

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User Review  - PitcherBooks - LibraryThing

An 1885 cookbook that is better than most of its era in that Hearn does do his best to provide measurements... Still only suitable for an experienced cook as there is still much assumed knowledge and ... Read full review

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Lafcadio Hearn was rumored to be the lover of the great voodoo queen Marie Laveau. His cookbook provides insight into the heart of creole cooking. Read full review

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About the author (1990)

Born in Greece to an Irish soldier and a Greek mother, Lafcadio Hearn emigrated to the United States at the age of nineteen. While working as a newspaperman in Cincinnati, Ohio, Hearn married a black woman, which was thenillegal, and fled to New Orleans to escape prosecution. Once there, he began to work for the New Orleans Item. During his time in New Orleans, Hearn published several books while continuing his work as a journalist.

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