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Emeril's Delmonico: A Restaurant with a Past    by Emeril Lagasse order for
Emeril's Delmonico
by Emeril Lagasse
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William Morrow, 2006 (2006)

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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

The back cover of Emeril Lagasse's newest cookbook, Emeril's Delmonico stresses that it's 'full of recipes for hearty, innovative food steeped in New Orleans style.' This is a collection of 'recipes that are adapted and simplified for home cooks, featuring a combination of Creole classics and Emeril's kicked-up creations.'

Delmonico opened in New Orleans in 1895. Don't miss the Introduction. Its history reads like a Who's Who of city and world celebrities. Emeril bought the prestigious restaurant after its closing in 1997. Its grand re-opening on July 26, 1998 brought many classic items from the former menu back, while introducing new dishes to tickle the palate.

Starting with wonderful sounding drinks and aperitifs, the cookbook segues to heavenly appetizers, like Shrimp Remoulade. Although it is 8:30 am as I write this, I could dig into a plate of them right now. Soups! Ah! Creamy Carrot and Apple Soup with Ginger Cream Fraiche, or Turtle Soup. Divine. How about this for a salad? Delmonico Jumbo Lump Crab Salad with Bibb Lettuce, Cucumbers, Caper-Herb Dressing and Crispy Garlic Toast. Where's my fork?

No sense listing all the wonderful recipes. No space for that. Besides, you can obtain them all for yourself. As you leaf through this marvelous new book to decide which shall be your first attempt at really superb eating, you'll notice that each recipe has personal notes written by Emeril, and that the splendid photos make the foods even more desirable. Treat yourself, or that special person who loves to cook, to the cookbook of the year.

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