Tom Fitzmorris has been involved in the food scene in New Orleans for more than 35 years - as restaurant critic, editor of "New Orleans Magazine", author of a restaurant guidebook and a cookbook (STC, 2006) and currently as host of a daily, three-hour radio show devoted entirely to cooking and dining in New Orleans. "Hungry Town", his food narrative about this amazing food city, covers everything from the Cajun craze of the 1980s, to the opening of restaurants by big-name chefs like Paul Prudhomme, Emeril Lagasse, and Susan Spicer, to Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath of the storm. As Tom writes, 'To an extent I can't exaggerate, food and restaurants rebuilt this city and pulled people home. Everybody who lived through it marvels at that, and relishes in telling their variation on the story'. Not only was the food-fired recovery remarkable, but it would be unlikely to occur anywhere but New Orleans. The personal thread running through the narrative is the way the storm pulled Tom's family apart. Neither his wife nor his children wanted to live in the city after Katrina, and for long stretches they did not.
The book includes 15 recipes and numerous sidebars to complement the narrative.
Tom Fitzmorris writes several thousand words a day for The New Orleans MENU Daily, a review of New Orleans dining he began in the 1970s. It's online at nomenu.com. His radio show airs live 18 hours a week on 1350 AM. A Certified Culinary Professional, Fitzmorris is the author of STC's Tom Fitzmorris's New Orleans Food. Born on Mardi Gras, he lives in New Orleans still.