John Besh’s new cook book, My New Orleans, contains a heaping portion of recipes from the crescent city. The celebrity chef and restaurant owner will be at BookPeople on Sunday, October 11th at 3 PM to sign copies of the book.
You may know Besh from his appearances on Top Chef or The Next Iron Chef, or maybe you’ve taken a trip to the Big Easy and dined at one of his six restaurants (including one in Harrah’s Casino!). Either way, you’ve probably noticed that Besh has a big, big love for the character and cuisine of his hometown.
Besh has worked on the cook book for the last five years, during a time that his city has changed dramatically. But according to this interview, hurricane Katrina only convinced Besh that My New Orleans was on the right track.
“The first time I served red beans and rice after the storm, on a boat, this guy said it wasn’t as good as his mama’s, ” Besh said. “And that signaled to me right there that we were going to be OK.”
To tide you over until his appearance, try out John’s recipe for Chanterelles, Chicken and Dumplings.