In 1986, Cafï¿½ Degas, a French bistro, opened on Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans. This cookbook includes the restaurant's recipes, paintings by Degas (who lived nearby), and art by the cafï¿½'s French co-owner. As Edgar Degas was an imbiber of absinthe, the book also offers modern-day recipes featuring this once-forbidden liquor.
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Established in 1986 by Jacques Soulas and Jerry Edgar, Cafï¿½ Degas rests under the live oaks of historic Esplanade Avenue. The renowned restaurant offers patrons a feeling of welcome and familiarity, an atmosphere alive with amicable chatter, and the aroma of delectable cuisine. It is not surprising that the French bistro-famous for its relaxing environment and outdoor seating-also boasts an impressive menu.
From simple dishes to decadent creations, the recipes in this collection allow readers to capture the flavor of Cafï¿½ Degas in their own kitchens. Such selections as Boudin Noir, South Louisiana Crawfish Crï¿½pes, Chicken Basquaise, and Panï¿½ed Veal with Lemon Caper Butter represent a sampling of the exceptional menu. In addition to recipes for predinner cocktails, a section on dessert includes Caramel Bread Pudding and Red-Wine-Poached Pears over Vanilla Ice Cream, among other sweet concoctions.
Along with photographs of Cafï¿½ Degas' delectable cuisine and images that capture the ambiance of the restaurant, this cookbook contains eye-catching artwork by owner Jacques Soulas. Fans of the French bistro and art aficionados alike will enjoy perusing the pages of this charming gastronomic experience.
Journalist Troy Gilbert is a longtime patron of Cafï¿½ Degas. He has contributed articles to numerous publications, including Food Network Magazine, Gambit Weekly, New Orleans CityBusiness, Sailing World, and Louisiana Sportsman. An avid sailor, Gilbert serves on the board of directors of the Friends of West End and the New Orleans Yacht Club. He lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.From the Back Cover:
"Just an adorable, friendly, charming French bistro . . . If you want to have a nice meal without the fuss and feathers, Degas should do the trick in terms of both food and atmosphere."
"A pecan tree shoots through a hole in the roof of the porch where we dine. On a windy day, tumbling nuts dance a jig on the tin roof; rain sounds like a concert for drums. . . . The food woos you into a Degas mood."
"Cafï¿½ Degas is a perennial favorite for dates, lunches and brunches. It pairs especially well with a summer afternoon and a trip to City Park."
-New Orleans Magazine
"Cafï¿½ Degas' cuisine has crossed the threshold from classic and reliable to inspired, inventive and sometimes sublime. . . . Beyond the menu, a big part of the restaurant's appeal is its singular setting."
"Cafï¿½ Degas makes bistro food and ambiance into an art."
-New Orleans Times-Picayune
"New Orleans neighborhood dining at its best. True French flair . . . Perfect."
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Book Description Pelican Publishing, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111589807669