Elizabeth M. Williams


Elizabeth "Liz" Williams founded the Southern Food & Beverage Museum and has authored several books about food and culture, especially New Orleans food culture. Her podcast, Tip of the Tongue, about food, drink and culture, appears weekly. A graduate of LSU Law Center, she practiced law in Washington, DC, and Louisiana. She has served as judge in many cooking competitions and consulted internationally on the food of New Orleans. Travel is her excuse to eat in new places.




10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Cooking Demonstration Tent
Book Talk
Nana’s Creole Italian Table: Recipes and Stories from Sicilian New Orleans

11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Cavalier House Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Nana's Creole Italian Table: Recipes and Stories from Sicilian New Orleans

From meatball po’boys to Creole red gravy, the influence of Sicilian foodways permeates New Orleans, one of America’s greatest food cities. Nana’s Creole Italian Table tells the story of those immigrants and their communities through the lens of food, exploring the ways traditional Sicilian dishes such as pasta and olive salad became a part of―and were in turn changed by―the existing food culture in New Orleans.

Sicilian immigrants―Elizabeth M. Williams’s family among them―came to New Orleans in droves in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, fleeing the instability of their own country and hoping to make a new home in America. This cookbook shares Williams’s traditional family recipes, with variations that reveal the evolution and blending of Sicilian and Creole cuisines. Baked into every recipe is the history of Sicilian American culture as it has changed over the centuries, allowing each new generation to incorporate its own foodways and ever-evolving tastes.


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