Finding My Place At The New Orleans Table by Sara Rohan. The author, originally from Wisconsin, relocated to New Orleans with her med student husband. She'd been a line cook up north, took a job with a weekly paper in New Orleans as a food critic. The book, broken into chapters such as Gumbo, Sazerac, Red Gravy, Sno-Balls, etc details her introduction to New Orleans cuisine, culture and society. Her journey takes place pre and post Katrina. It meanders through back yards and 5 star hotels. It is not a cookbook, but reading it, you seriously want to cook and or eat.
If you've ever visited New Orleans, this book is a must read. If you've never been, but want to be a fly on the wall, you'll love this book.
How can we sleep while our beds are burning???