History of a New Orleans friend

Recently, we lost one of the great guys of New Orleans, Michael Mizell-Nelson. A well-loved UNO professor and a historian of New Orleans, he was considered the expert on the history of the po-boy and its blue-collared underpinnings.  Always interested in real history and in real people, Michael will never be forgotten by those that love New Orleans or those who admire the people bringing light and knowledge. R.I.P Michael.

He helped develop the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank, an online archive of more than 25,000 photos and oral histories from hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Take a look at this site that he and his colleagues built with stories from our city:
New Orleans Historical

and listen to Poppy Tooker’s great interview and remembrance of Michael


Moveable Feast On Location with Poppy Tooker in New Orleans

My pal Poppy Tooker gives a short and sweet overview of a few places that visitors and locals should check out or renew their acquaintance with in our city, many of them right here in the French Quarter. That alone makes Poppy an original and an authentic voice for the city and its culture since she is not afraid of embracing the Quarter and its delights and yet I know she won’t say it unless she means it. Brava Poppy. Moveable Feast On Location with Poppy Tooker in New Orleans – FineCooking.com.

The Ebb And Flow Of Louisiana Seafood | Louisiana Eats

French Quarter block by block favorite Poppy Tooker did a great show on seafood recently; Gerard Maras (a giant among chefs in our city) shares his boiling technique, Tenney Flynn who is still the best seafood chef in the Quarter, talked about fish handling, and finally Poppy and her guests discussed the ecological issues facing the harvesting community. Seafood is something Poppy knows a great deal about-she is a fisherwoman herself and one of the best champions of fishing families in Louisiana and across North America.

Can you remember to mark “listen to Louisiana Eats” to your Saturday calendar? I’d recommend it.

The Ebb And Flow Of Louisiana Seafood | WWNO.


On Saturday, December 7, from 2 to 4 p.m., culinary enthusiast, author, and radio host Poppy Tooker will sign copies of her new book Louisiana Eats!: The People, Their Food, and Their Stories (Pelican Publishing Company, August 2013) at The Historic New Orleans Collection’s museum shop, located at 533 Royal Street in the French Quarter.

Book signing with Poppy Tooker, author of Louisiana Eats!: The People, Their Food, and Their Stories
Saturday, December 7

2–4 p.m.
The Shop at The Collection, 533 Royal Street
Free and open to the public. The book retails for $24.95 and will be available for purchase at the event.

As the host of the popular public radio show Louisiana Eats!, Tooker is passionate about food and the people who make it. Her new book gives readers an in-depth, behind the scenes look at Louisiana food producers and personalities interviewed on her show.

The book introduces the reader to stories previously untold with transcripts of 15 interviews with specialists of iconic Louisiana foods, accompanying essays and recipes and portrait photographs by David Spielman of the subjects. Tooker, a native New Orleanian, examines the place that food and race play on Louisiana’s tables and champions the growers and food producers who are preserving endangered indigenous ingredients like Creole cream cheese and mirlitons.

Louisiana Eats! retails for $24.95 and will be available for purchase at the event. In addition to hosting the signing with Tooker, The Shop at The Collection will also be hosting its annual Member Appreciation Day and trunk show with Mignon Faget, Ltd. on December 7, giving readers and shoppers plenty of reasons to visit. More information is available at http://www.hnoc.org or (504) 523-4662.