Poppy Tooker



Poppy Tooker hosts the popular weekly radio show Louisiana Eats! A writer for publications such as Fine Cooking, Southern Living magazine named her a Hero of the New South. Her previous book, Louisiana Eats!: The People, the Food, and Their Stories, received the Literary Award of the Year in 2014 from the Louisiana Library Association. Tooker holds the distinct honor of having beaten Bobby Flay with her delicious seafood gumbo when she competed on Throwdown with Bobby Flay.




10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
State Capitol, Senate Committee Room E
Book Talk
Tujague’s Restaurant Cookbook

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookseller
Book Signing


Tujague's Cookbook: Creole Recipes and Lore in the New Orleans Grand Tradition

From brunch to dessert, these kitchen madams serve up history New Orleans style!

Author and culinary historian Poppy Tooker masterfully combines all the myriad strands that fill the rooms of Tujague’s beautifully restored establishment into a whole cloth of foodie lore. As the second oldest restaurant in New Orleans, Tujague’s boasts more than a century of fresh Creole cuisine served in the heart of the French Quarter. More than a cookbook, this foray into history combines memorabilia from the restaurant’s archives with stunning modern images from New Orleans photographers Sam Hanna and Louis Sahuc. The dramatic story of the successful effort to save the restaurant is included, along with tales of ghostly guests and authentic dishes and drinks celebrating the oldest standup bar in America and the restaurant that created the international tradition of brunch.


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