Most of the books are free but this one cost me $10. I was more than willing to pay the price because all the proceeds are going to New Orleans Habitat for Humanity - Katrina relief. I picked up this cookbook for the expressed purpose of giving it away to one of you.
From Tom Fitzmorris's website:
"A collection of the best dishes in all of New Orleans cuisine, from the point of view of the city's most experienced observer of its restaurants and cooking trends. Tom Fitzmorris has written and broadcast for almost four decades about his obsessive quest for the best food in his cherished home town. The first edition, published right after Hurricane Katrina, has now been updated with 25 new recipes, plus Tom's latest tweaks on the older ones. Every one has been tested in Tom's own home kitchen, as well as by his thousands of readers and listeners. Who are forever telling him how much they've enjoyed Tom's take on New Orleans food."
I'm copying the Ragout of Mushrooms with Grits recipe on page 261. I'll skip the grits since I don't really like them. Just like I don't like polenta. You know they are virtually the same thing, right? I'll serve this over cheese toast instead because cheese, bread and mushrooms in sauce are like best friends. It will be almost like one of the dinners I had while in NOLA. It was the best food I had in NOLA. I sort of embarrassed myself by scooping up the sauce with my finger. Hey! There wasn't a spoon on the table. I licked my fingers on the sly. I don't think anyone noticed...too much.
If you want this book just leave a comment saying that you want to cook all those recipes that you've heard that New Orleans restaurants are famous for. Never been to New Orleans? No problem, still leave a comment and I'll add you to the hat.
I'm going to have to limit this giveaway to those that live in North America. Sorry about that but the shipping can be expensive outside of the United States and Canada. From what I hear the Canadian postal workers are on strike so those of you from Canada may be waiting for awhile if you win.
I'll be drawing a name on Sunday and announce the winner on Monday, July 11th.
Please leave only one comment per day. If you post it on facebook or tweet the giveaway let me know. I'll add another slip to the hat with your name on it.