Aug 17, 200912:00 AM
The Editor's Room

Weekly Commentary with New Orleans Magazine’s Errol Laborde

Errol Laborde: “Cooking With Andre”: A Life

Take a moment if you can to visit this Web site, www.cookingwithandre.com, or simply Google “Cooking with Andre.”
     

New Orleans native Andre Charles Robin Sr. created the site, which he operated from his home in Sacramento, Calif. I was not familiar with Robin until I got a grief-stricken message from his sister, local Realtor Corrine Fox. 
     

Robin died last Sunday, but while he was alive, he lived for New Orleans and its culinary heritage. He was in the food processing business, but his passion was cooking and promoting Louisiana dishes. To the deprived people of California, he would present shrimp (not prawn) boils prepared  the way it is done back home. His Web site talks about the proper seasonings and, if you click the right spots, even echoes the sounds of a boiling pot.
     

Robin was very much touched by the damage that Katrina had done to his native state and was worried about the impact that the disaster would have on its culinary heritage. Concerned about all the cookbooks and old family traditions lost in the floods, he was using his Web site partially as a clearinghouse to gather and chronicle endangered recipes.
     

An obituary notice in the Sacramento Bee newspaper said this about him: “His passion for food and the city of New Orleans was so deep he eventually became a chef and used his craft to bring people together and share in the joy of life.”

    

If ever there were any doubt about the global infectious spirit of New Orleans, consider the life of Andre Robin, a man I never met but yet feel like I knew.
     

According to the Bee’s obituary: “He will forever be a legend on this earth and is now cooking for God in the heavens.”

      
I hope cayenne is plentiful there.
 


Ed note: A service for Robin will be held next weekend in New Orleans. Information will appear in Thursday’s myneworleans.com newsletter.

 
 



Let us know what you think. Any comments about this article? Write to errol@myneworleans.com. All responses are subject to being published, as edited, in this newsletter. Please include your name and location. 

 


Krewe: The Early New Orleans Carnival - Comus to Zulu by Errol Laborde is available at all area bookstores. Books can also be ordered via e- mail at gdkrewe@aol.com or (504) 895-2266.

 



WATCH INFORMED SOURCES, FRIDAYS AT 7 P.M., REPEATED AT 11:30 P.M. ON WYES-TV, CHANNEL 12.   
 

NOW ON WIST RADIO-690 AM, THE ERROL LABORDE SHOW, FRIDAYS, 6 P.M; SATURDAYS, 8 A.M. AND 2 P.M.; AND SUNDAYS, 8 A.M. AND 5 P.M. THE PROGRAM IS ALSO STREAMED ON THE WIST WEB SITE.

 

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Weekly Commentary with New Orleans Magazine’s Errol Laborde

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Errol LabordeErrol Laborde holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of New Orleans and is the editor-in-chief of Renaissance Publishing. In that capacity he serves as editor/associate publisher of New Orleans Magazine and editor/publisher of Louisiana Life magazine.

Errol is also a producer and a regular panelist on Informed Sources, a weekly news discussion program broadcast on public television station WYES-TV, Channel 12. Errol is a three-time winner of the Alex Waller Award, the highest award given in print journalism by the Press Club of New Orleans. He also received the National and City Regional Magazine Association Award for Best Column for his New Orleans Magazine column, beating out 76 city magazines across the country. In 2013, Errol received the award for the "Best News Affiliated Blog," awarded by the Press Club of New Orleans.

Errol’s most recent books are Krewe: The Early Carnival from Comus to Zulu and Marched the Day God: A History of the Rex Organization. In his free time he enjoys playing tennis and traveling with his wife, Peggy, to anywhere they can get away to, but some of his favorite spots are the Caribbean and historic locations around Louisiana. You can reach Errol at (504) 830-7235 or errol@myneworleans.com.

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