“Tujague’s is truly a neighborhood restaurant, located in America’s oldest neighborhood—the French Quarter. . . . This is one of the things that makes New Orleans so special and is indicative of the important role restaurants play in our culture.”
—Poppy Tooker, from the Introduction
Part dramatic history, part eerie ghost stories, part a study of marketing genius, and part a celebration of restaurant excellence, this cookbook by author and culinary historian Poppy Tooker masterfully combines all the myriad strands that fill the rooms of Tujague’s beautifully restored establishment into a whole cloth of foodie lore. In a continuation of the research begun for her first project with Pelican, Mme. Bégué’s Recipes of Old New Orleans Creole Cookery, Tooker focuses on the second-oldest restaurant in New Orleans with its more-than-a-century-old tradition of serving excellent, fresh Creole cuisine in the heart of the French Quarter. More than a cookbook, this foray into history offers food and beverage recipes from the 1850s to today along with memorabilia from the restaurant’s archives and stunning modern photographs from Sam Hanna and Louis Sahuc. The dramatic story of the successful effort to save the restaurant from a possible sale is included, as are authentic dishes and drinks celebrating the oldest standup bar in America and the menus that created the international tradition of brunch and fed millions throughout the years. No longer will this grand lady slip into the mists of time.