John Besh's 'My New Orleans: The Cookbook' Hits Shelves

    Chef John Besh, noted New Orleans chef of five popular restaurants - including his flagship restaurant, August, Besh Steak, Luke, La Provence, and the newly opened Domenica inside the Roosevelt Hotel, has added something else to his plate: author. Chef Besh's first cookbook, My New Orleans hits booksellers' shelves around the country today, October 6, with much anticipation.

    My New Orleans is a celebration of the food he loved as a boy growing up on the bayous of Louisiana and later refined during his years studying around the world. My New Orleans is different than the traditional cookbook; it is a unique culinary tour of the flavors and ingredients found in New Orleans and Louisiana celebrated through festivals, feast days, and holidays. It offers a history of the city and its dishes while ensuring the home cook achieves success with chef Besh's recipes. The 200 recipes preserve New Orleans' traditions and ingredients and include classics such as Seafood Gumbo, Crawfish Etouffee, Jambalaya and Shrimp and Grits to chef Besh's more contemporary dishes.

    A portion of the proceeds from the sale of My New Orleans will be donated to Café Reconcile, a New Orleans-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing at-risk youth an opportunity to learn life and interpersonal skills as well as operational training necessary for successful entry into the hospitality and restaurant industries.

    The next stop for Chef Besh is The National World War II Museum tomorrow where his newest restaurant, The American Sector, will open next month. Chef Besh will premiere My New Orleans: The Cookbook from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

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