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.
Journalist Troy Gilbert is a longtime patron of Cafe Degas. He has contributed articles to several publications, including Food Network Magazine, Gambit Weekly, New Orleans CityBusiness, Louisiana Sportsman, and Sailing World, and 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. He lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.