One of my favorite things to do in New Orleans is going to the New Orleans School of Cooking and take one of their cooking classes. Along with the cooking class you get the history of New Orleans. These 3 videos are about the history of Nawlins told by a witty and very entertaining Chef Anne Leonhard. Her laugh is infectious and her mouth watering explanations will wish you were down there now. I had one heck of a long time trying to the original 30 minute video down to size, so I could be able to edit it. I wanted this up a lot sooner, but editing it was a headache and a half. I was also dealing with a bad toothache that took away just about all my patience from the lack of sleep. I eventually had to reformat it, then I had to edit it down by reluctantly losing some stuff on the cutting room floor. Sorry Chef Anne. You will have to explain the muffalata recommendation and the Emeril infusion part another time.
I did my best to savage most of it though. I had to divide the history lesson into 3 parts because of YouTube’s 10 minute rule. I will also have some of Chef Anne’s cooking in a 4th video that will be coming soon. As for these videos which are a total of 30 minutes between them, on face it might seem like it is a choice not to watch something this long. I am telling you that it is very entertaining and well worth your time or I would not be wasting all of the last 3 weeks trying to get this baby done. So please take the time, watch the first video, and you can stop if you had enough. I think you will be charmed by her stories and personality like the rest of the class was.
Chef Anne was a great teacher and I look forward to seeing her on my next visit at the 2011 NOLA Hot Sauce & Gourmet Show. I do believe that an effort will be made to get the New Orleans School of Cooking to do a demo next year. I think that would be an awesome addition to the show. Until that time, I give you Chef Anne Leonhard and her History of New Orleans…
The New Orleans School of Cooking
524 St. Louis Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Anne Leonhard is also a licensed tour guide, and if you wish to make an appointment with her call her at 504-837-0041.