New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University announces full schedule for inaugural literary celebration (sponsored)

The New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University announced today its much-anticipated lineup and complete schedule for its inaugural event, which will take place March 10-12, on Tulane University’s Uptown campus. The book festival is free and open to the public. Among the national bestselling authors participating are Malcolm Gladwell, Michael Lewis, John Grisham, Imani Perry, Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., Bakari Sellers, Don Lemon, Jon Meacham, Charles Blow, Clint Smith, Cleo Wade, Sarah M. Broom and David Brooks. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The event will feature 130 renowned and rising authors, including an engaging group of children’s authors, some of New Orleans’ top chefs and an all-star musical lineup. Click here to view the complete book festival schedule.

How writer Matt Haines became the king cake guy


Matt Haines didn’t intend to write a book on king cake, its historical and modern incarnations, or the bakers who mix and roll it into shape and knead innovations into their dough each year. But when you spend a Carnival season determinedly sampling your way through scores of king cake varieties in the metro area, the development comes naturally. Haines, an Uptown resident and the author of “The Big Book of King Cake,” said it all started at a party he attended a few years ago. “I’d had king cake every Carnival season without really thinking too much about them for most of the years that I was in New Orleans,” he told Uptown Messenger. “But then, in 2017, I was invited to a king cake party.”

Every attendee of the lavish affair had to bring their own cake, and Haines was determined to bring the best.

That sinking feeling: Turkey and the Wolf cookbooks may be at the bottom of the Atlantic

Robert Burns wrote, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”

The same applies to turkeys and wolves, when it came to the distribution plans for the cookbook “Turkey and the Wolf: Flavor Trippin’ in New Orleans” from Ten Speed Press. Allow me to explain. The Turkey and the Wolf restaurant has been serving up delicious comfort food at 739 Jackson Ave. since 2016. The menu consists of items like Fried Bologna Sandwich, Collard Green Melt, Mama Tried Burger and Hog’s Headcheese Taco.