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Creole Soul - New Orleans Cooking With a Soulful Twist by Austin Leslie and Marie Rudd Posey

Rest in peace Chef Austin Leslie!

Chef Austin Leslie is to the kitchen who Chubby Checker was to rock and roll -- let's twist. For more than 40 years, he has been putting his soulful twist on New Orleans haute' cuisine. He first put his stamp on culinary history in a little restaurant known as Chez Helene on the outskirts of New Orleans' French Quarter. Not your average neighborhood diner, it catered to an international crowd. The known and unknown sat side by side for one reason - the food had soul!

Now, Austin gives you his recipes and tips for working in the kitchen. Regardless of your level of culinary experience, there is something for everyone in these pages. His tips will boost your confidence to higher levels allowing you to put your own twist on dishes. And, his recipes will carry you back to a simpler, more tranquil time. These are the classics - greens, red beans, gumbo and fried chicken. All robust and hearty the way food was meant to be! These recipes and more are served up alongside a heaping helping of ancectdotes about Austin Leslie's soulful life.