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Nov 23, 201608:00 AM
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Thanksgiving Good Reads

Just as most holidays spent in New Orleans, Thanksgiving involves flavorful dishes, themed cocktails and good company. Louisiana residents may not agree on most things (such as politics, ahem), but one thing we can all agree on is that New Orleanians know good food and how to party. I mean, we have been epicureans for coming up on 300 years. For me, it’s around this holiday that I discover the year is almost over and the season of gift-giving is fast approaching — hurdling both wallet and my routine into a panic. Never fear my wonderful readers! I have some great gift ideas and light reading finds for you and your hard-to-find-gifts-for loved ones. I wish everyone a fabulous Turkey Day and safe travels to all this week.


COOKBOOK/SPORTSMEN’S GUIDEBOOK: Gift alert for the sportsman in your life: for your Dad, husband or brother, "Chefs Casting about with Timing & Graceby Susan Schadt is a gorgeous documentation of fishing with America’s best chefs. Get inspired to plan a fishing trip to the East Coast and Gulf South with national as well as locally known chefs including Louisiana’s own John Besh and Donald Link. Aside from stunning photography and the captivating personal stories told by the various culinary artists, the book also offers mouth-watering recipes best cooked using region-specific fresh catches, such as “Roasted ‘Clams Virginia,'” “Smoked Pensacola Mullet,” “Mama’s Seafood Gumbo” and “Lake Beans.” A coffee table book for your fishing boat or ocean-side kitchen, reminisce in the fishery adventures experienced from your youth and feel inspired to create new family traditions. You can order a copy here


LOCAL HISTORY: Currently Amazon’s most popular new release on horse racing, "The Fair Grounds Through the Lens" by Peggy Scott Laborde and photography by Louis Hodges Jr., takes readers on a historical journey exploring New Orleans’ famous Fair Grounds Race Course. Beginning with the Antebellum days, through more than 150 years, learn about the origins of the course and location, to the few transitions of ownership and the newsworthy highlights. I discovered quite a few lessons about the course, which I didn’t have the slightest idea about previous to the book piquing my interest – such as how the course almost became a subdivision before it was bought last minute by investors, creating the Fair Grounds Corporation and saving the track from deconstruction in 1941. The level of in-depth details about the major players in the shifts and developments the track experienced over its century-and-a-half term in New Orleans makes it a go-to historical account of the third oldest horse racing site in the U.S. Not to mention, the photography archives tell a story on their own. Photographer Hodges Jr. has been working at the Fair Grounds since he was 12, and his family has been in the business of capturing images of the New Orleans track for more than 50 years. Just in time for the Thanksgiving at the track tradition, pick up your copy or order it here to celebrate this city’s most recognized race track. 

 

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Jessica (Jess) was born in New York City and raised in Greenwich, Conn. She moved to New Orleans in 2010 to attend Loyola University where she received her B.A. in Philosophy Pre-Law and Journalism. Discovering her passion for journalism and print publishing while working as an editor at Loyola’s student newspaper, The Maroon, Jess found her dream job with Renaissance Publishing. Starting at the company in Production and working her way into Editorial. As Custom Publishing Editor Jess works with clients, freelancers and art directors to produce well-known titles such as the New Orleans Saints’ Gameday, Port of South Louisiana’s Port Log, Port of New Orleans’ Port Record, the official Jazz Fest program, Junior League of New Orleans’ Lagniappe among many others. As a staff writer for New Orleans Magazine, Jess writes the column in Local Color called Read and Spin. Jess is also a fourth-degree black belt, a belly dancer and cellist. She has traveled to several foreign countries, including Egypt in 2013, where she witnessed a revolution while working with UN Women to report on Gender inequality. Much to her Yankee family’s dismay, Jess has made a home for herself in New Orleans and won’t be leaving anytime soon. You can reach Jess at 504- 830-7241 or Jessica@MyNewOrleans.com.

 

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