Show 19, March 2, 2013: Liz Williams, President and Director, Southern Food and Beverage Museum, New Orleans

Liz WilliamsThe Southern Food and Beverage Museum will soon move into their new, spacious, and greatly expanded, facility in the next few months. Within the Museum is the prominent “Museum of the American Cocktail”.

In New Orleans : A Food Biography Elizabeth M. Williams, a New Orleans native, takes readers through the history of the city, showing how the natural environment and people have shaped the cooking we all love.

Beignets, Po’ Boys, gumbo, jambalaya, Antoine’s. New Orleans’ celebrated status derives in large measure from its incredibly rich food culture, based mainly on Creole and Cajun traditions.

The narrative starts by describing the indigenous population and material resources, then reveals the contributions of the immigrant populations, delves into markets and local food companies, and finally discusses famous restaurants, drinking culture, cooking at home and cookbooks, and signature food dishes.