Banquets & Books is for people who are passionate about food and reading and who enthusiastically discuss books--fiction and non--about all aspects of food, cooking and eating. The plan is to meet every six weeks or so at my house. Each time, we’ll read and discuss a book on any and all topics related to food. Sometimes we'll see a film and then discuss it.  As we talk, we’ll have a little wine (or what you will) and we’ll eat and sometimes cook together. 

What we've read so far:  52 Loaves, "Babette's Feast", Kitchen Confidential, Consider the Oyster, Gumbo Tales, In Defense of Food, Best Food Writing 2009. And we have shared gumbo, home baked breads, tarts and kingcakes, cheeses and spreads, cakes and soups, along with wine and cool, clear water.

Even if you never cook but you love food, reading and talk, please join us!  We are a passionate but fun and casual group. 

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    Jennifer E. Jennifer E. commented on Back to the Table!
    May 9
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    "I have to go out of town that weekend now for a food extravaganz­a in Shreveport,­ of all places. So sorry I will miss the event, but please let me know about the next one."

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    April 29
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    "I have been in Nola for about two years now and am excited to test out another of Lorraine's­ groups. Booze and books has been great and I like food even more than booze, so this seems like a good idea."
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    "I was a member of this group in the past; I am a grant writer and the business manager for The Southern Food and Beverage Museum and have a lifelong interest in food and cooking!"
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    "Hello. My name is Satyajit and I moved to NOLA recently."
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    "I'm a workaholic that's trying to get out more & meet new people"
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    "Foodie, traveler, chef, aspiring writer."
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    "Booze + Books member who likes snacks as much as whiskey and almost as much as a good read"
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    "Love New Orleans, love to read and love to cook!"
 
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