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Tom Fitzmorris's Hungry Town: A Culinary History of New Orleans, the…

by Tom Fitzmorris

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Tom Fitzmorris covers the New Orleans food scene like powdered sugar covers a beignet. For more than thirty-five years he's written a weekly restaurant review, but he's best known for a long-running, daily radio talk show devoted to New Orleans restaurants and cooking. In Tom Fitzmorris's Hungry Town, Fitzmorris movingly describes the disappearance of New Orleans's food culture in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and its triumphant comeback--an essential element in the city's 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. Fitzmorris's coverage of the heroic return of the city's 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 Fitzmorris's 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, Galatoire's 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. It's full of the juicy tidbits that you can't 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 we've all been waiting for!"-- POPPY TOOKER, Slow Food New Orleans founder and food activist… (more)

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This book starts off as the story of a food writer/radio guy. The author talks about New Orleans food and the food scene. The second half is about the way Hurricane Katrina affected New Orleans, the restaurants, the author, and the food scene. It is a story that is very different form other accounts of the Hurricane and it is both interesting and hunger-inducing! ( )
  Rdra1962 | Aug 1, 2018 |
Anything about New Orlean's is so interesting for me, never been, but reading about it is fun , this book was all about the restaurants and food of the people. It was a great book to read on a snowy day in New England, towards the end the author mentions being part of an episode of Anthony Bordain's No Reservations, so I found it on amazon and watched it! The food seems to be a big factor in bringing life back after the hurricane. Great read! ( )
  mchwest | Dec 23, 2010 |
New Orleans is about food and music, and Tom Fitzmorris has long been New Orleans' premier food critic. In this book he shares the history of New Orleans' most famous restaurants, both big (e.g., the Brennan family and Commander's Palace) and small. The book spans both pre- and post-Katrina. It includes many of his favorite recipes; the one for barbecue shrimp is to die for. He also has a daily three-hour radio show entitled Food Talk" which is devoted to food and takes calls from listeners. You can listen to the Saturday show live on WWL's website, which also archives his older shows as podcasts. I'd rank this book a notch above [Gumbo Tales] by Roahan, another great book about New Orleans food. If you are planning a trip to New Orleans, this book will guide you to the newest great restaurants and the obscure dives known only to locals. ( )
  nemoman | Jun 5, 2010 |
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Tom Fitzmorris covers the New Orleans food scene like powdered sugar covers a beignet. For more than thirty-five years he's written a weekly restaurant review, but he's best known for a long-running, daily radio talk show devoted to New Orleans restaurants and cooking. In Tom Fitzmorris's Hungry Town, Fitzmorris movingly describes the disappearance of New Orleans's food culture in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and its triumphant comeback--an essential element in the city's 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. Fitzmorris's coverage of the heroic return of the city's 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 Fitzmorris's 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, Galatoire's 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. It's full of the juicy tidbits that you can't 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 we've all been waiting for!"-- POPPY TOOKER, Slow Food New Orleans founder and food activist

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