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Member: ChuckTaggart

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Tagsfiction (643), non-fiction (313), sf (251), science fiction (210), food (197), ireland (187), cooking (161), new orleans (146), irish (143), short stories (139) — see all tags

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About meI'm the author of the long-running website The Gumbo Pages (which includes The Creole and Cajun Recipe Page and the weblog Looka!, both of which have sort of a life of their own), and a native of New Orleans, Louisiana.

I'm the compiler/producer of the 4-CD box set "Doctors, Professors, Kings & Queens: The Big Ol' Box of New Orleans." I wrote the long music essay in the 85-page accompanying book (my friend Mary Herczog wrote the travel essay), and provided a couple dozen photographs for it as well.

From May 1998-September 2008 I was the host and music programmer of a weekly radio show called "Down Home," Thursdays from 7-9pm Pacific time on KCSN 88.5 FM in Los Angeles and on the web at kcsn.org. I played tons of New Orleans music, Cajun music and zydeco, Irish music plus blues, roots rock and all kinds of eclectic roots music. Before that I did a similar series of shows on KCRW 89.9 FM in Los Angeles from 1988-1998. I'm currently taking a break from radio after 20 years, and enjoying the time off.

I'm a foodie, a reasonably accomplished non-professional mixologist (still learning, so much, every day) and a photographer, all more or less in advanced amateur mode although I've made brief forays into getting paid for this stuff too. Some of my food and cocktail recipes have been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, the New Orleans Times-Picayune and several other newspapers, in Gary Regan's The Joy of Mixology and Robert Hess' The Essential Bartender's Guide, and have appeared on menus at the Zig Zag Café in Seattle, Arnaud's French 75 Bar in New Orleans and Eastern Standard in Boston. I'm a member of the Los Angeles chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild, and I'm also on the board of advisors of The Museum of the American Cocktail, but I mostly take advice from them rather than give it.

I'm dedicated to the elevation of the standard of bartending as a craft, and I believe that we as a people must stop accepting poorly made cocktails, any more than we'd accept bad food coming from a top restaurant kitchen. (We should also stop being so rude, mean and rotten to each other, while we're at it. Hey, can I buy you a drink?)

Everything tastes better when wrapped in bacon.

About my libraryI like fiction (especially science fiction), history, fine art photography, Irish culture and music and fiction, food writing, cookbooks and books on cocktails -- we have a nice collection of fairly rare cocktail-related books, the oldest of which is William Schmidt's "The Flowing Bowl," published in 1892. I've also got tons of books on my native New Orleans and its history.

GroupsBooze!, Crescent City Connection, Gaeilge—Students of the Irish Language, Irish Librarythingers, Irish Lit, Science Fiction Fans

Favorite authorsDouglas Adams, Woody Allen, Barry Jean Ancelet, Charles Henry Baker, Jr., James Beard, Jeff Berry, Ray Bradbury, Poppy Z. Brite, Arthur C. Clarke, Roddy Doyle, Harlan Ellison, Neil Gaiman, David Gerrold, Ted Haigh, Richard Matheson, Bunny Matthews, Larry Niven, Gary Regan, Theodore Sturgeon, Kurt Vonnegut, Robert Charles Wilson, David Wondrich (Shared favorites)

Homepagehttp://www.gumbopages.com/

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Real nameChuck Taggart

LocationLos Angeles, CA

Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/ChuckTaggart (profile)
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Member sinceJul 30, 2007

Currently readingBarflies and Cocktails by Harry McElhone
Alinea by Grant Achatz

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Hi Chuck,

I notice you have a Russian Phrasebook, which I also have.

Are you still studying Russian? If so, you might find Practical Russian Reader helpful. It is a new book of Russian short stories with helpful exercises.

Let me know what you think of it?

TT

http://www.amazon.com/Practical-Russian-Reader-Vol-1-Intermediate/dp/1470139790

I'm writing because I noticed you have a book by Andrew Dornenburg in your library. I wanted to let you know that he'll be on LibraryThing for a few weeks (until December 5th), participating in an Author Chat. So stop on by and ask Andrew a question:

Andrew Dornenburg Author Chat
Hi Chuck, many thanks for the wonderful St. Germain ideas! Don't know which to try first-probably a sour. Don't you just love the bottle? I make basil sherry each year & it'll be perfect to hold that amazing elixir. Each time I open the bottle I think of the ad copy that accompanied it & can picture the old french farmer tootling along , bicycle laden down with the elder blossoms. Maybe it's just the spin of an adman, but I love it anyway. My woods are full of elderberry bushes & it's amazing that the fragrance put off by the flower is not very like the lychee flavor that develops in the liquer. I have a feeling that it is as good for you as are the extracts derived from the berries. I use that to ward off & even cure colds. (ok. I admit it, I am a bit of a witch, but a NICE one!). It's getting near summer solstice & my ancestors came from around Stonehenge, so perhaps I still carry some of that Druid magic, ya think? Cheers! judie
Hi Chuck! your profile is a hoot! May I pick your cocktaillian brain to ask what you think of "St. Germain", the "liquer of the hour"? I've been having fun with it, esp. by adding it to Hendrick's with a teeny splash of dry vermouth and a meyer lemon twist. Quite delightful. Its taste has been compared to that of lychee & I do find that in it. Cheers! Judie
Hi Chuck- Just dropping a message because we have a lot of authors in common, (along with BOOZE!, cooking, being Irish and radio).
I see you have a Brian Moore listed, he's one of my favorites. Have you read The Luck of Ginger Coffey or seen the movie?
Hope you don't mind if I put your library on my list so I can steal ideas!
Hi Chuck! I've always enjoyed the gumbo pages and it's nice to see you here. I've even made a few recipes from your site (though I take issue with a few things!!!)

Just for you, I'll try my hand at making Ramos Gin Fizzes this weekend. Orange Flower water tastes somewhat suspect, however.

Shoutz from a fellow New Orleanian ...
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