Lafcadio Hearn’s Creole Cookbook

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First published in 1885, this was the first Creole cookbook ever printed'a rare collection of recipes from leading New Orleans chefs of the day, as well as from Creole housewives.
ISBN: 9780882897882
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Pelican Publishing
State: Louisiana
Series: Classic Recipes Series
Images: 27
Pages: 288
Dimensions: 5.5 (w) x 8.5 (h)
Born in Greece to an Irish soldier and a Greek mother, Lafcadio Hearn emigrated to the United States at the age of nineteen. While working as a newspaperman in Cincinnati, Ohio, Hearn married a black woman, which was then illegal, and fled to New Orleans to escape prosecution. Once there, he began to work for the New Orleans Item. During his time in New Orleans, Hearn published several books while continuing his work as a journalist. As a broke newspaper reporter, Hearn was interested in inexpensive meals, so he assembled a collection of Creole recipes, which he later published. Lafcadio Hearnís Creole Cookbook, the first Creole cookbook ever written, reflects the life and customs of New Orleans during the late 1800s. Asked to write the guidebook for the 1884 Cotton Expedition, Hearn agreed, but only if the publisher would also publish his cookbook. Chita: A Memory of Last Island tells the story of a shipwrecked girl adopted by a Spanish family. Their different languages and cultures collide and blend into a unique way of life. Hearn was fascinated by the exotic, the quaint, and the unusual. This lead to his studies of the Far East, and eventually, Hearn moved to Japan, where he hoped to escape the materialism of the Western world. He secured a university teaching position and soon married a Japanese woman, becoming a Japanese citizen in 1895 under the name Yakumo Koizumi. He continued writing and published numerous books describing the life and customs of his new home, including Kwaidan, Ghostly Japan, and Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation .
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