Wednesday, May 16th

Justin Devillier will provide sample tastes of food

from Edward's cookbook.

6-7:30PM

American food is the story of mash-ups. Immigrants arrive, cultures collide, and out of the push-pull come exciting new dishes and flavors. But for Edward Lee, who, like Anthony Bourdain or Gabrielle Hamilton, is as much a writer as he is a chef, that first surprising bite is just the beginning. What about the people behind the food? What about the traditions, the innovations, the memories?

A natural-born storyteller, Lee decided to hit the road and spent two years uncovering fascinating narratives from every corner of the country. There’s a Cambodian couple in Lowell, Massachusetts, and their efforts to re-create the flavors of their lost country. A Uyghur café in New York’s Brighton Beach serves a noodle soup that seems so very familiar and yet so very exotic—one unexpected ingredient opens a window onto an entirely unique culture. A beignet from Café du Monde in New Orleans, as potent as Proust’s madeleine, inspires a narrative that tunnels through time, back to the first Creole cooks, then forward to a Korean rice-flour hoedduck and a beignet dusted with matcha.

This book is available in hardcover ($27.50).

Pableaux Johnson will moderate a discussion with Edward Lee and local chef, Justin Devillier (LaPetite Grocery & Balise).  Edward with sign his book, Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef's Journey to Discover America's New Melting-Pot Cuisine.

If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books.

 

Event date: 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

Garden District Book Shop
2727 Prytania Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef's Journey to Discover America's New Melting-Pot Cuisine