New Orleans

Derek Bridges, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13515466

The heart of Mardi Gras season is still a few weeks away.  But why wait? 

New Orleans is unique and exotic among American cities, and worth a look anytime.  Jason Berry observes the recent anniversary of the city's founding in City of a Million Dreams: A History of New Orleans at 300

From the swampy beginnings to its modern-day near-death and rebirth, it's a long and complicated story.

Treme In A Hot Skillet

Sep 9, 2013
Chroniclebooks.com

The TV series "Treme" on HBO portrays life in New Orleans, which is heavily flavored by the unique local cuisine.  A companion book, called Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans, lays out New Orleans recipes from a number of chefs, from Crispy Kale to Sweet Potato Turnovers.     Staff writer, story editor and book author Lolis Eric Elie joins us to talk about the appeal of the city, the neighborhood, the series... and the food.  Oh, the food.