Louisiana Real and Rustic

by Emeril Lagasse

ISBN-10: 0688127215
ISBN-13: 9780688127213
Publication Date: September, 1996
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About Louisiana Real and Rustic

Publisher Web Link: http://www.harpercollins.co.uk/

“Nowhere else have I found the passion for flavor that encompasses the lives of Louisianians, day in and day out,” writes Emeril Lagasse. In Louisiana Real & Rustic, the prize winning New Orleans chef, cookbook author, and television cooking personality presents the great dishes of his adopted state in 150 down-home recipes--authentic versions of some of Americas favorite regional dishes, gathered from generations of Louisiana cooks. Fricassees, itouffies and grillades, meat pies and oyster fries, red beans and rice, and jambalayas and gumbos in endless, mouthwatering variety--each recipe is spiced with the unabashed joy of cooking and eating that makes every Louisiana meal a feast.

On a delicious tour of back roads and bayous, from country cabins in Acadia to the refined town houses of Creole aristocracy, Emeril, accompanied by co-author Marcelle Bienvenu, finds that Louisiana is more than a geographical state--it’s a culinary state of grace.

Louisiana’s colorful history has made it an extraordinary culinary crossroads, where the cooking customs of France, Spain, Africa, and the Caribbean meld into a unique New World Cuisine. In charming tales and tempting recipes, Emeril traces the roots of Creole and Acadian (or “Cajun”) dishes, and honors the pioneer cooks who blended traditional tastes and techniques with the region’s native ingredients. He shows how gumbos can use French roux, African okra, or fili from the indigenous Indians and he features Chicken and Oyster, Duck and Wild Mushroom, Shrimp and Okra, and Rabbit, or even collards, kale, mustard, and turnips. Emeril’s explorations reveal that the spirit of culinary improvisation still thrives today.

Author Information

About Emeril Lagasse

Author Web Link: http://www.emerils.com/

Chef, Restaurateur, Television Personality and Author...

Chef Emeril Lagasse received his first culinary experience from his mother, Hilda, when he was a boy growing up in the small town of Fall River, Massachusetts. As a teenager, he worked at a Portuguese bakery where he mastered the art of bread and pastry baking. Upon high school graduation, Lagasse was offered a full scholarship to the New England Conservatory of Music, but decided to pursue a career as a professional chef. He earned a degree from the respected culinary fortress, Johnson and Wales University, and later received an honorary Doctorate degree from the university.  Lagasse then traveled to Paris and Lyon where he polished his skills and learned the art of classic French cuisine. Returning to the United States, Lagasse practiced his art in fine restaurants in New York, Boston and Philadelphia before heading south to the Big Easy. Lured to New Orleans by Dick and Ella Brennan, Lagasse established his star at their legendary restaurant, Commander’s Palace, where he was executive chef for seven and a half years.

Lagasse is now the chef-proprietor of 12 restaurants in New Orleans, Las Vegas, Orlando, Miami, Gulfport and Bethlehem.  In 1990, Chef Emeril opened Emeril’s Restaurant in the Warehouse District in downtown New Orleans.  Two years later, he opened NOLA Restaurant in the French Quarter.  In 1995, Emeril brought his “New New Orleans” cooking to Las Vegas and opened Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House, located in the MGM Grand Hotel.  In 1998, Lagasse opened Emeril’s Delmonico in New Orleans’ historic Garden District.  He opened two restaurants in 1999 including Emeril’s Orlando at Universal Studios City Walk and Delmonico Steakhouse in the Venetian Resort/Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas.  In 2003, he opened Tchoup Chop (pronounced chop-chop) at Universal Orlando’s Royal Pacific Resort and Emeril’s Miami Beach at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. In February 2008, he opened Table 10 at The Palazzo in Las Vegas.  He opened his first restaurant in the Northeast, Emeril’s Chop House on May 22, 2009 at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in Pennsylvania, and Lagasse’s Stadium, a restaurant and sports entertainment venue opened on September, 25 2009 at The Palazzo. His latest project and first-ever burger restaurant, Burgers And More by Emeril, opened on November 22, 2009 at the Sands Bethlehem.

The recognition and awards he has garnered have made him known to food-loving Americans everywhere. His restaurants consistently win critical praise and top ratings. Emeril’s Restaurant was dubbed “Restaurant of the Year” by John Mariani in Esquire magazine in 1990 and received the coveted Wine Spectator “Grand Award” in 1991. Also in 1991, Lagasse was named “Best Southeast Regional Chef” by the James Beard Foundation. Most recently, Emeril’s Restaurant earned the prestigious Ivy Award. NOLA has achieved the status of “Best New Restaurant” by Esquire magazine in 1993 and has been recognized nationally by Travel & Leisure and Southern Living magazines. His third restaurant, Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House was named “Best Restaurant in Las Vegas” by Zagat. In 2002, Delmonico Steakhouse was named “Best Steakhouse” by Las Vegas Life magazine. In 2004, Delmonico Steakhouse received the Grand Award from Wine Spectator magazine.  Lagasse himself has also received accolades and awards for his culinary expertise. In 1998 he was chosen as “Chef of the Year” by GQ magazine. In 1999, he was named one of People magazine’s “25 Most Intriguing People of the Year.”  In 2004, he was chosen as “Executive of the Year” by Restaurants & Institutions magazine.  In 2005, he received the “Distinguished Service Award” from Wine Spectator for his significant and long-lasting contributions to the wine industry.  In 2006, he was inducted into the MenuMasters Hall of Fame by Nation’s Restaurant News.  In 2007, he was named “Restaurateur of the Year” by New Orleans CityBusiness.  In 2009, he received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from Food Network’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

As a national TV personality, he has hosted over 2000 shows on the Food Network, and is the food correspondent for ABC’s “Good Morning America.” He is the host of Emeril Green, an original series exploring fresh and seasonal ingredients, which is in its second season on Discovery’s Planet Green. His show Essence of Emeril can be seen on Food Network, and Emeril Live appears on both Cooking Channel and Food Network.On July 10 he will launch his latest program with the Cooking Channel entitled, Fresh Food Fast, where he will show how fresh and local food can be prepared quickly with great taste.

In addition to his television presence, Emeril has a new, live, call-in radio program, Cooking with Emeril, which airs twice weekly exclusively on Martha Stewart Living Radio on SIRIUS XM. He also has a new column in Everyday Food magazine where the chef and his six-year-old son, E.J., provide delicious family-friendly recipes. Emeril is the author of 15 bestselling cookbooks including Emeril’s New New Orleans Cooking which introduced his creative take on Creole cuisine. His latest, Farm to Fork: Cooking Local, Cooking Fresh, hit booksellers on June 1.

In 2002, Emeril established the Emeril Lagasse Foundation to support children’s educational programs that inspire and mentor young people through the culinary arts, nutrition, healthy eating, and important life skills. A few of the projects funded by the foundation include outdoor classrooms, gardens and a fresh foods cafeteria and teaching kitchen at Edible Schoolyard New Orleans; an accessible learning kitchen for special needs students at St. Michael Special School; a four-year culinary arts curriculum for high school students at New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts; and a culinary learning center for hospitality training for at-risk youth at Café Reconcile. Each fall, the foundation hosts its primary annual fundraiser, Carnivale du Vin, which has consistently ranked among the “Top Ten U.S. Charity Wine Auctions” in Wine Spectator magazine. As of May 2010, the Foundation has given over $3.6 million to children’s causes in New Orleans, Las Vegas and on the Gulf Coast.

Lagasse’s restaurant company, Emeril’s Homebase, is located in New Orleans and houses restaurant operations, a culinary test kitchen for cookbook and recipe development, and a boutique store for his signature products.

Emeril Lagasse joined the Martha Stewart family of brands in 2008; Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (NYSE: MSO) acquired the assets related to Emeril’s media and merchandising business, including television programming, cookbooks, and emerils.com website and his licensed kitchen and food products. (http://www.emerils.com/)

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