Based on the live shows/events of Meanwhile, Back at Café Du Monde . . ., created and produced by Peggy Sweeney-McDonald, these 67 foodie monologues invoke your own special comfort foods, recalling tasty memories of life, love, family, and friends to warm your heart, feed your soul, and make you pause to savor the sweetness of life! Accompanied by professional and candid photographs of the many people involved, from speakers to audience members, this book will be a treasure trove of delightful and delicious memories for all. Karen Benrud, a member of the Café Du Monde family of New Orleans, provides the foreword that celebrated the 150th anniversary of the landmark café and its history. Photography is by Troy Kleinpeter.
"Good people, good food, good stories. This book is Louisiana!" —Jeffrey Marx, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Season of Life
“Tasty and amazing stories about our favorite subject, FOOD!” –- Emeril & Alden Lagasse
“We eat, drink, and tell the tales of our lives, our loves, our hopes, and our dreams. Sweeney McDonald has hit on the fabulous idea of putting that experience between the covers of a beautiful, glossy coffee table book. Actually, it feels weird to call it a coffee table book. It’s certainly visually sumptuous—courtesy of photographer Troy—but we rarely read coffee table books. We just think of them more as decorative objects d’art—and this is a book that deserves to be read.” – Sam Bernstein - West Hollywood News
“The stories in Meanwhile Back at Café Du Monde... on the surface are amusing and uplifting, but they contain so much more depth. They explain a society that uses food for much more than simply eating. Americans use food for comfort, hope, escape and symbolism. Even though so many Americans have different backgrounds and prefer different foods, they all serve as a great unifier, making American society so fascinating and rich.” - Okra Magazine
“Meanwhile, Back at Café Du Monde has my mouth watering! The flavorful stories bring these recipes to life. Until you can get back New Orleans, read and cook away!” —Christine Devine, Los Angeles News Anchor, Fox 11
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