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Friday, October 9, 2015

Recipe Weekend / Cookbook Review: New Orleans' Best Seafood Restaurants by Ann Benoit

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge,from Pelican Publishing, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

And now for a great book, from one of our favorite authors:

New Orleans' Best Seafood Restaurants cover


Dive into a world of flavor!
From shrimp and crab to fish and oysters, New Orleans knows how to do seafood right. In this mouthwatering collection of recipes, family establishments like Sal’s Seafood dish up long-time favorites, sparkling new talents like Crudo+Bar at Baru offer scintillating tastes, and celebrity eateries like Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House serve celebrated fare. Featuring dazzling photographs, fascinating restaurant and restaurateur profiles, and industry history, New Orleans’ Best Seafood Restaurantsbrings the best tastes from the water to your table, all in the comfort of your own kitchen. Easy to make and delicious to eat, these dishes will be staples for years to come.


This is a great book that shares the best of the best, of New Orleans Seafood Restaurants, both ones that tourists see, and those that the locals love! I was thrilled to see favorites from all over the area (including Adams Seafood in Belle Chasse and Crabby Shack in Madisonville), many of which, we've ate at for 20 years, both on the South and North shores of Lake Ponchartrain! The full color pictures of all the recipes will leave you salivating and VERY hungry. The included recipes are simple for the most part, but VERY VERY good, and Ann has done an excellent job in keeping them all different, so you don't get 10 recipes for gumbo, for example. This is a wonderful book to have as a momento of your travels to NOLA, or to give as part of a gift basket of NOLA food ingredients as a wonderful Christmas or Birthday present. I can't recommend it enough- just be prepared to do some cooking when you get it!

smittys Seafood Crawfish Etoufee


Here's a great recipe from one of our favorite restaurants, Smitty's Seafood! Owner Gerald 'Smitty' Schmidt is renowned for feeding the masses (us included) at Jazz Fest, and the restaurant fare is just as yummy! Here's his recipe from the book for Crawfish Etoufee. It's pretty close to Mom's in taste, so be sure to give the recipe a try!

smittys Seafood Crawfish Etoufee recipe

About the Author:

Ann Benoit lives, loves, photographs, writes, and most importantly eats in New Orleans. A full-time book packager with an expertise in culinary books, she zealously pursues her second career of food photography and food writing. She is a member of the American Culinary Federation, the International Association of Culinary Professionals Food Photographers and Stylists, and the James Beard Foundation. Retired assistant attorney general for the State of Louisiana and former chief of the Antitrust and Business Litigation section of the Louisiana Department of Justice, she is the retired executive director of the Plaquemines Community CARE Center and retired chief of the Family Law division of the Pro Bono Project of New Orleans. She is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Mount Carmel Academy (which we forgive her for, LOL-prep school joke).

About the Photographer:

Thomas Fortier Dalferes is a photographer based in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is a graduate of Mandeville High School and attended Ringling College of Art and Design.

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