If you’re a fan of the HBO series TREME or just a fan of New Orleans food, you are in for a treat on Wed, Oct 2nd when Rue Dumaine welcomes Lolis Eric Elie, a writer for David Simon’s Treme, who has compiled a cookbook of traditional and contemporary recipes titled Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans. Recipes come from NOLA restaurants and celebrity chefs who appeared on the show, including Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert and David Chang. Broudain wrote the introduction to the book. The cookbook is divided into sections, each told in the voice of one of the characters — from Janette Desautel, the chef, to Antoine Batiste, the trombonist. Elie says he wanted them to have their own chapter so they wouldn’t interrupt each other.
“These are the voices I hear when I walk down the street: ‘Boy, you gotta soak your red beans the night before or otherwise they’re going to take forever to cook. Or you need to put pickle meat in those beans — I don’t know what all this vegetarian stuff is about,’ ” Elie says. “People talk about the fact that they’re sitting in the supermarket line in New Orleans, and people say, ‘How you gonna fix that? White beans and shrimp? What you gonna do with that?’ I don’t think that happens as much in other cities.”
Before writing for the show, Elie produced other projects focused on food and the Treme neighborhood. He authored Smokestack Lightning: Adventures in the Heart of Barbecue Country, which he wrote while working as a road manager for Wynton Marsalis. He also edited Cornbread Nation 2: The United States of Barbecue.
Rue Dumaine is currently taking reservations for the $50 dinner created around the recipes featured in the cookbook including:
Ruth Fertel’s garlicky white shrimp remoulade
Poppy Tooker’s crawfish calas with green garlic mayonnaise
Cochon’s braised pig with stewed turnips and cabbage
Bayona’s Cafe au lait pots de crème with mudslide cookies
Author Elie wil be on hand to chat as well as sign copies of his cookbook, which will be available for purchase.