UnknownNEW ORLEANS (press release) – Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) – New Orleans Chapter continues its bi-monthly culinary book club, available free of charge to foodies who are interested in discussing food-related fiction and nonfiction. The next three meetings will take place at Petit Rouge coffee shop, 3146 Calhoun Street in New Orleans.

  • Saturday, March 21, 1 p.m. at Petit Rouge: “Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir” by Ruth Reichl Trailblazing food writer Ruth Reichl’s charming memoir chronicles her 10 year tenure as editor-and-chief of Gourmet magazine during a decade in which food became an important part of popular culture, the rise of farm-to-table, plus other important culinary movements, and food journalism shifted forever.
  • Saturday, May 23, 1 p.m. at Petit Rouge: “My Soul Looks Back: A Memoir” by Jessica B. Harris In her endearing memoir, writer, cookbook author, food historian, and New Orleans Dame Jessica B. Harris details her life in 1970s New York, among friends like Maya Angelou, Nina Simone, and James Baldwin. Many of her memories take place around the dining table.
  • Saturday, July 18, 1 p.m. at Petit Rouge: “American Cuisine: And How It Got This Way” by Paul Freedman Yale professor Paul Freedman takes a romp through history of the food that defines America. Beginning with the Colonial period, he examines themes of standardization, regionality, and variety. Going far beyond burgers and hot dogs, this book celebrates American diversity and ingenuity.

Book club attendance is free but a donation of $5 is suggested to support Les Dames d’Escoffier International and the New Orleans chapter’s goals to foster a supportive culture in our community to help women achieve excellence in the food, beverage, and hospitality fields.

For details on the Culinary Book Club and to RSVP, please visit LDEI Book Club.