Roux the Day

Roux the Day

A Gourmet Detective Mystery

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
Kidnapped by a mysterious group of female chefs who want him to find and recover a missing cookbook, the Gourmet Detective becomes embroiled in a case of book forgery and murder while sampling some of the culinary delights that New Orleans has to offer and exploring the differences between Creole and Cajun cuisine. By the author of Spiced to Death.

McMillan Palgrave
For six generations, the Belvedere family dominated the culinary landscape of New Orleans, a city that boasts what is perhaps the most vibrant, exciting, and authentic cuisine in America. But each generation relinquished control of the family restaurant-best known for its world famous Oysters Belvedere-only after succumbing to the madness that has plagued the dynasty since its arrival from the Canary Islands. Now, after the business' doors have remained closed for years, the next scion of the Belvedere clan has determined to seize his birthright . . . if only he can find the annotated family cookbook, which has mysteriously disappeared!

Only one man can help.

That man is the Gourmet Detective.

Returning for his seventh foray into the bizarre nether-regions where haute cuisine meets high crimes and misdemeanors, Peter King's beloved sleuth reluctantly agrees to track down the book. But this decidedly out-of-print classic isn't going to turn up on any remainder shelf! And when he finds its supposed new owner-a used book dealer-stewing in a puddle of his own blood, the Gourmet Detective know that, once again, he's in for more than he bargained for.

Soon, he's "kidnapped" by the WITCHES, a mysterious cadre of New Orleans' most ambitious and talented female chefs-and they want the book too. In fact, it seems like everyone does. And getting it will have the sleuth staring down con-artists and book forgers on an old-fashioned paddle boat, careening through the colorful streets of the French Quarter in a mule-drawn carriage, and hunting down leads in the vibrant fishing shanties of Algiers.

All of this, while exploring the very contentious differences between the proponents of Creole and Cajun cuisine, and sampling some of the most spicy and succulent treats he's yet encountered: from blackened redfish, fresh from the Gulf and coated in garlic, paprika, cayenne and an assortment of spices, then seared in an extraordinarily hot cast-iron pan . . . to turtle soup, dark, rich, seasoned with onion, oregano, and thyme . . . . to Pheasant Casserole . . . . to Gumbo, catfish, crawfish . . . and that's just a taste!


Blackwell North Amer
For six generations, the Belvedere family dominated the culinary landscape of New Orleans, a city that boasts what is perhaps the most vibrant, exciting, and authentic cuisine in America. But each generation relinquished control of the family restaurant - best known for its world-famous oysters - only after succumbing to the madness that has plagued the dynasty. Now, after the business's doors have remained closed for years, the next scion of the Belvedere clan has determined to seize his birthright...if only he can find the annotated family cookbook, which has mysteriously disappeared!
Only one man can help: the Gourmet Detective.

Baker
& Taylor

Kidnapped by a mysterious group of female chefs who want him to find and recover a missing cookbook, the Gourmet Detective becomes embroiled in a case of book forgery and murder.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2002
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780312283650
0312283652
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY KING...P

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