New Orleans is host to more than 3,000 'gin joints'--more per capita than any city in the United States. This lavishly illustrated volume uses more than 200 photographs to provide a glimpse into the architectural and cultural treasures among these many historic saloons. Filled with the lurid tales that hide in these dusty rooms, and accompanied by classic recipes for long-time favorites--among them the Obituary Cocktail itself, not tasted for over 100 years--this volume captures the romance, mystery, and utter uniqueness of the great bars of New Orleans. show more show less
Romanian-born poet and essayist Andrei Codrescu, who also utilizes the pen names Betty Laredo and Maria Parfeni, emigrated to the United States in 1966. Codrescu earned a B.A. at the University of Bucharest, and has taught at numerous academic institutions including Johns Hopkins, the University of Baltimore, and Louisiana State University. Codrescu worked for National Public Radio as a commentator and has been featured on ABC News' Nightline. Some of Codrescu's short stories and novels include his first poetry collection, License to Carry a Gun and a memoir entitled In America's Shoe. Throughout the years, Codrescu has been awarded many honors including the Big Table Poetry Award, General Electric Foundation Poetry Prize, and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships for poetry, editing, and radio.