This follow-up to Julia's bestseller Julia Reed's South showcases her entertaining know-how and that of her noted chef friends--and her love of New Orleans. Held in a variety of venues, from courtyards to gracious interior spaces, the gatherings' menus include such dishes as grillades, grits, and seafood gumbo, and cocktails ranging from the traditional Sazerac to a Satsuma Margarita. Featured are an elegant holiday dinner, a crawfish boil, and a lunch under the live oaks. All are presented in luscious photographs and include tips on setting tables, arranging flowers, and crafting playlists to create a festive mood.
Julia's introduction traces the evolution of New Orleans cuisine, from its Creole beginnings to the culinary contributions of other ethnic groups. Sidebars cover iconic watering holes and local specialties such as the po-boy and the muffuletta, as well as events ranging from Mardi Gras to raucous St. Patrick's Day. This enticing cookbook is the ultimate primer is for every party-giver and anyone interested in "laissez bons temps roulez."
Paul Costello is a lifestyle photographer. His work has appeared in many publications and books including One Man's Folly: The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood, Miles Reed's The Big Book of Chic, and Julia Reed's South.