Recipes and Reminiscences of New Orleans


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One of the classic Southern cookbooks, Recipes and Reminiscences of New Orleans is replete with generations of New Orleans dishes, a complete glossary of herbs and spices, cooking tips throughout, and sketches of historical culinary landmarks that were inspired by the Ursuline women.  The nuns who ran the Ursuline Academy since the 1700s have contributed so much to New Orleans cuisine, but their biggest claim to fame is that they are known for having invented the pecan praline. 

From the Publisher:

History has a way of swirling and eddying, of bringing together people and places to produce the unexpected and the amazing. This is the case with the Ursulines of New Orleans. Who would imagine that this small group of teachers could exert so strong and so lasting an influence upon the cuisine of New Orleans! That they did so is attested to by many of the chroniclers of the plantation aristocracy and the French officials, and education in the 1700s meant cooking and the "wifely arts" before "reading, writing, and ciphering."

About the Ursuline Academy:

Founded in 1727 by the Sisters of the Order of Saint Ursula, Ursuline Academy of New Orleans enjoys the distinction of being both the oldest, continuously operating school for girls and the oldest Catholic school in the United States.  Convinced that the education of women was essential to the development of a civilized, spiritual, and just society, the Ursuline Sisters influenced culture and learning in New Orleans by providing an exceptional education for its women.

The Ursuline tradition holds many United States firsts in its dedication to the growth of individuals, including the first female pharmacist, first woman to contribute a book of literary merit, first convent, first free school and first retreat center for ladies, first classes for female African-American slaves, free women of color and Native Americans. In the region, Ursuline provided the first center of social welfare in the Mississippi Valley, first boarding school in Louisiana and the first school of music in New Orleans.

Release Date: 1971

Condition: Very good, marks by the binding and minor moisture damage.