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Title: A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES COOKBOOK
Publisher: Syracus University Press
Book Condition: New
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In John Kennedy Toole's iconic novel, Ignatius J. Reilly is never short of opinions about food or far away from his next bite. Whether issuing gibes such as "canned food is a perversion," or taking a break from his literary ambitions with "an occasional cheese dip," this lover of Lucky Dogs, café au lait, and wine cakes navigates 1960s New Orleans focused on gastronomical pursuits.
For the novel's millions of fans, Cynthia LeJeune Nobles's "A Confederacy of Dunces" Cookbook offers recipes inspired by the delightfully commonplace and always delicious fare of Ignatius and his cohorts. Through an informative narrative and almost 200 recipes, Nobles explores the intersection of food, history, and culture found in the Pulitzer Prize--winning novel, opening up a new avenue into New Orleans's rich culinary traditions.
Dishes inspired by Ignatius's favorites -- macaroons and "toothsome" steak -- as well as recipes based on supporting characters -- Officer Mancuso's Pork and Beans and Dr. Talc's Bloody Marys -- complement a wealth of fascinating detail about the epicurean side of the novel's memorable settings. A guide to the D. H. Holmes Department Store's legendary Chicken Salad, the likely offerings of the fictitious German's Bakery, and an in-depth interview with the general manager of Lucky Dogs round out this delightful cookbook.
A lighthearted yet impeccably researched look at the food of the 1960s, "A Confederacy of Dunces" Cookbook reaffirms the singularity and timelessness of both New Orleans cuisine and Toole's comic tour de force.
Cynthia LeJeune Nobles is author of The Delta Queen Cookbook: The History and Recipes of the Legendary Steamboat, The Confederacy of Dunces Cookbook, and co-author of The Fonville Winans Cookbook: Recipes and Photographs of a Louisiana Artist. She is also series editor for The Southern Table at LSU Press, a former food columnist for The Advocate of Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Acadiana, and a former member of the Newcomb College Culinary History Writers Group. Nobles lives in New Orleans with her husband.
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