Tom Fitzmorriss Hungry Town: A Culinary History of New Orleans, the City Where Food Is Almost Everything by Tom FitzmorrisTom Fitzmorris covers the New Orleans food scene like powdered sugar covers a beignet. For more than thirty-five years hes written a weekly restaurant review, but hes best known for a long-running, daily radio talk show devoted to New Orleans restaurants and cooking.
In Tom Fitzmorriss Hungry Town, Fitzmorris movingly describes the disappearance of New Orleanss food culture in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and its triumphant comeback--an essential element in the citys recovery. He leads up to it with a recent history of New Orleans dining before the hurricane, from the Creole craze of the 1980s to the opening of restaurants by big-name chefs like Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse. Fitzmorriss coverage of the heroic return of the citys chefs after Katrina highlights the importance of local cooking traditions to a community. The book includes recipes for some of the dishes mentioned in the story, and numerous sidebars informed by Fitzmorriss long career writing about this delicious city.
New Orleanians are passionate about a lot of things, especially food! Nobody understands this better than Tom Fitzmorris. In Hungry Town, Tom gives readers insight into this amazing and one-of-a-kind city, and shows how food and the restaurant industry helped the city to survive and thrive after Katrina.
-- EMERIL LAGASSE, chef, restaurateur, and TV host
No city restaurant critic in U.S. history has written more, eaten more, or knows more of their cuisine than Tom Fitzmorris.
-- JAMES CARVILLE, political commentator, New Orleanian, and food enthusiast
A delicious read, part autobiographical, with wonderful recipes and a comprehensive restaurant history. This is a great tribute to the indomitable spirit of the New Orleans restaurant community, which brought our city back from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Hungry Town is a must for both New Orleanians and lovers of New Orleans food.
-- ANNE GOOCH, Galatoires Restaurant and New Orleans Wine and Food Experience co-founder
This book is a must-have for any New Orleanian or anyone traveling to New Orleans. Its full of the juicy tidbits that you cant find anywhere else. His prose will leave you salivating after every chapter. What a delicious read!
-- JOHN BESH, Besh Restaurant Group chef/owner
From his cat-bird seat, Tom Fitzmorris shares with us the family feuds, delicious tidbits, and vicious bites that comprise the New Orleans food scene of the late twentieth century. Hungry Town is the Tom-tell-all weve all been waiting for!
-- POPPY TOOKER, Slow Food New Orleans founder and food activist
Events & Tickets
Thousands of wine and food lovers gather each spring in New Orleans for one of the city's most extravagant rites of passage, the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience. The event spotlights the city's legendary restaurants along with fine wines from around the globe. More than wineries are typically represented during the five-day festival, with more than vintages poured at a series of indoor and outdoor ticketed events and dinners. More than of the city's fine restaurants take part. Dozens of restaurant offer special vintner dinners nightly, hosted by winery representatives. At these meals, select wines are carefully paired with each course.
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The food and wine extravaganza includes a smorgasbord of drinking and dining events, educational seminars and activities over five days. This year, the Grand Tastings move back to their longtime home at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, where guests can sample small bites from more than 75 local and visiting chefs and more than 1, wines on the night of May 25 and afternoon of May Also new are a few seminars and experiences. Below are a few highlights:. May A party bus tour of several wine bars around the city includes W.