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With the Super Bowl being held in New Orleans on Feb 3rd, there is no better time to pick up a copy of this book and sink back into these amusing tales .  Then, cook up a few of these Louisiana recipes and see what memories they help you create.”                               – Texas Home and Living Magazine

 “Marking the 150th Anniversary of Café Du Monde, the southern cookbook of Peggy Sweeney-McDonald is a humerous and heartfelt compilation of personal food essays accompanied by tasty recipes and candid photographs.”                                                             – Southern Seasons Magazine

 “A Louisiana native turns a conversation into a popular, standup play and now a new book with some amazing recipes.” – Chili Pepper Magazine

“The stories in Meanwhile Back at Café Du Monde on the surface are amusing and uplifting, but they contain so much more depth. They explain a society that uses food for much more than simply eating. Americans use food for comfort, hope, escape and symbolism. Even though so many Americans have different backgrounds and prefer different foods, they all serve as a great unifier, making American society so fascinating and rich.” – Okra Magazine

 
Meanwhile, Back at Café Du Monde . . .
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Created and edited by Peggy Sweeney-McDonald

Photography by Troy Kleinpeter      Foreword by Karen Benrud

Celebrating the universal language – FOOD!

Based on the 2010 and 2011 presentations of “Meanwhile, Back At Café Du Monde…”, these 67 foodie monologues invoke your own special comfort foods, recalling tasty memories of life, love, family and friends to warm your heart, feed your soul and make you pause to savor the sweetness of life!

"Good people, good food, good stories. This book is Louisiana!—Jeffrey Marx, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Season of Life

 Tasty and amazing stories about our favorite subject, FOOD!” – Emeril & Alden Lagasse

Meanwhile, Back at Café Du Monde has my mouth watering! The flavorful stories bring these recipes to life. Until you can get back New Orleans, read and cook away!” —Christine Devine, Los Angeles News Anchor, Fox 11

“Surprised, scintillated and salivating, I am sitting here turning the pages of "Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde", relishing every word.  Everyone in New Orleans loves food and everyone has a story about it.  It is delightful reading the ones included here.  Never heard of a pineapple upside down cupcake.  Cannot wait to try it.  Even people who have been making some of the dishes in this book for years will be thrilled to discover new recipes that add a Cajun or Creole slant to old favorites.  I want to book a flight immediately to smell, sip and devour everything in this book.  Recipes?  I want to eat the illustrations!  What a Christmas gift this will make--and stick to the ribs through every season.”  - Rex Reed, Film Critic

"We eat, drink and tell the story of our lives, our loves, our hope, our dreams.  Sweeney-McDonald has hit upon the idea of putting this all in the pages of a beautiful glossy coffee table book....and this is a book that deserves to be read." - Samuel Bernstein, West Hollywood News

“Peggy draws attention not only to our food, but also to the people who make it part of the character of Louisiana.” Chef John Besh, author of My New Orleans and My Family Tablehe ribs through every season." - Rex Reed

 “I'm laughing, I'm hungry, I'm happy - when is the next edition?- Lally Brennan co-proprietor of Commander's Palace and co-author of In The Land of Cocktails

 My favorites - Louisiana cooking and culture - in this fun, enlightening, and entertaining book.-Holly Clegg, Author of the best-selling Trim & Terrific™ cookbooks

 If there is anything Southerners love more than spinning a good yarn it's eating.  In Meanwhile, Back At Café Du Monde… our oral and culinary traditions walk hand-in-hand.  It is a Sunday potluck supper in book form. The Beauty of  Meanwhile, Back At Café DuMonde is that it captures that magic.”  -  Stuart Reb Donald, Third Coast Cuisine , WannaBeTVChef.com & Foodbuzz 

Peggy  has the charm, wit and passion to connect everyone through delicious food.  A must-enjoy for readers everywhere, sit back with a cup of coffee and a sweet beignet and don’t forget the …   Cheers, Peggy, to a job well done!”   ~ Susan Irby The Bikini Chef, host Bikini Lifestyles “Wine Dine and Workout”  PBS television network and AM 790 KABC radio Los Angeles

 The stories in Meanwhile Back at Café Du Monde on the surface are amusing and uplifting, but they contain so much more depth. They explain a society that uses food for much more than simply eating. Americans use food for comfort, hope, escape and symbolism. Even though so many Americans have different backgrounds and prefer different foods, they all serve as a great unifier, making American society so fascinating and rich.”  - Okra Magazine

 “Now the live stories from the Meanwhile, Back at Café Du Monde… shows are spelled out in this coffee table book, and reading it is enough to make anyone hungry.  Which means one shouldn’t read on an empty stomach” – The Advocate

What a charming book of food stories and history! I’m inspired to get in the kitchen or at least head to Café du Monde for a cup of coffee and plate of beignets.” – Erin Z. Bass, Owner/Publisher Deep South Magazine

“…Page after page of so many wonderful experiences and recipes…I’m already salivating!
— Doreen Fang, Chef/Host, Dining with Doreen and Resident Chef of the Vegas Morning Blend