Okay, it’s not a toy so much as a book. And it’s not new so much as vintage.
You see, Mr. Twistie has a certain fondness for flea markets. He goes every weekend, seeking out the bizarre and the more-valuable-than-the-seller-knew. He has a good eye, too. He’s been known to come home with microphones worth his monthly salary for less than five bucks. And every now and again, he finds me something very special.
Yesterday he found me the Brennen’s New Orleans Cookbook, as published in 1961 and printed in 1964.
For those of you who don’t know, Brennen’s is a legendary New Orleans restaurant. In fact, it’s the place where Bananas Foster was invented. There’s a cookbook available to order from them today, but I don’t know how much it has in common with the one from the sixties. The one you can get now has a different cover and a different title. I have no idea how many recipes are the same.
All I know is that I’m going to take my lovely new cookbook full of recipes like Boullabaise Marseillaise, Potatoes Souffle, and the recipe that presaged (or so I like to think) one of my all-time favorite TV personalities, Flounder Colbert, and I’m grabbing my good buddy Chelle who grew up in New Orleans, and I’m going to cook up a storm of fabulous food.
Good food, good friends, good times. Who could ask for anything more?