In 1986, Caf Degas, a French bistro, opened on Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans. This cookbook includes the restaurant's recipes, paintings by Degas (who lived nearby), and art by the caf's French co-owner. As Edgar Degas was an imbiber of absinthe, the book also offers modern-day recipes featuring this once-forbidden liquor.
Troy Gilbert has contributed articles to several publications, including Food Network Magazine, Gambit Weekly, New Orleans CityBusiness, Louisiana Sportsman, and Sailing World. His work was nominated for a Southam Award on two separate occasions, which is the highest award for sailing-related writing. An avid sailor, Gilbert serves on the board of directors for the Friends of West End and the New Orleans Yacht Club. Also the co-author of Pelican's Cafe Degas Cookbook, he lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.