October 20, 2010
Austin Leslie's fried chicken recipe is reason enough to buy this book. Leslie, the legendary New Orleans chef behind Chez Helene and Jockamo's, before his untimely death in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, fried chicken like nobody's business. Now, so can you.
Austin Leslie's fried chicken recipe is reason enough to buy this book. Leslie, the legendary New Orleans chef behind Chez Helene and Jockamo's, before his untimely death in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, fried chicken like nobody's business. Now, so can you. The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook, edited by Sara Roahen and John T. Edge, is a compilation of Southern cooking from the eastern shores of the Carolinas, across the red dirt Ozarks and down to Louisiana's bayous. You know a book's about Southern cooking when it has six separate biscuit recipes. Butterbean gravy. Fried squirrel. Braised possum. Oyster patties. Yes ma'am. Published by the University of Georgia Press, $25 in virtual and real bookstores everywhere. - Mary Tutwiler
HERE AND NOW
Local author Shome Dasgupta, a UL alum and South Louisiana Community College teacher who has written nonfiction, fiction and poetry for the likes of Drunken Boat, Mad Hatters' Review, Magma Poetry and Stymie Magazine, is out with his debut chapbook, i am here and You Are Gone. The book, published by Outsider Writers, chronicles two childhood friends who develop a lifelong bond. OW writes that i am here and You Are Gone "is a love story that elevates above romanticized ideals, combining prosaic, poetic and illustrative elements to describe a relationship in terms rarely explored in contemporary fiction." The book is now available for pre-order for $8 online at outsiderwriters.org. - Nathan Stubbs
T FOR TUNIC
Hitting the racks just in time for UL Lafayette's Homecoming festivities (the Cajuns take on the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky at 4 p.m. Saturday), this locally designed T-shirt can also double as a tunic with tights (a look that continues to be all the rage this fall). Made of 80 percent cotton and 8 percent spandex, so it has just enough stretch while you cheer, it's available exclusively at Wa-Zoo on Jefferson Street. Sans the team logo, the helmet/fleur de lis combo design on the red scoop neck T-shirt was created by Wa-Zoo owner Noelle Reed to be worn for a junior high or high school team with similar colors (she does purple and gold, and black and gold Saints versions as well - some of which are offered with long sleeves). "We can also embellish the fleur de lis with Swarovski crystals," Reed says. Call Wa-Zoo at 593-8553 for more info. - Leslie Turk