The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce South Central couldn’t be more thrilled to share the news: IACC partner and founder of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans, Liz Williams, has published a new cookery book this month, Nana’s Creole Italian Table (LSU Press 2022).
Not only is Liz a leading authority on Italian-American cooking in the U.S. She is also the director of the IACC’s New Orleans office, which opened in early 2020.
“In a kaleidoscope of flavors and fragrances,” says IACC director Alessia Paolicchi, “Liz Williams reveals Nana Elisabetta’s secrets in marrying authentic recipes from southern Italy with locally discovered ingredients, spices, and culinary traditions. Getting to know the different generations of Liz’s family, you’ll learn how hundreds of thousands of Sicilian immigrants socially integrated through the main point they had in common with New Orleanians: respect for the food.”
In her new book, says Italian food and wine historian Jeremy Parzen, another IACC partner, Liz “weaves the personal and the epochal throughout the arc of this delightful and essential recipe collection. Each dish, paired with a family anecdote, is a pretext to explore New Orleans’ history as an expression of the American experience. This wonderful book is sure to take its place among the classics in the southeastern U.S. gastronomic canon.”