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Cook the Book: Trout Amandine

[Photograph: Ditte Isager]

It seems that many folks who grow up in and around New Orleans have a relationship with food that goes beyond merely enjoying it. In the pages of My New Orleans by John Besh we come to see that Besh has a heightened awareness of what he eats and where it comes from because he has spent a significant part of his life hunting, fishing, foraging, and harvesting the food that made its way to the table of his family home and later, his restaurants.

While Besh was growing up, fishing was more than just a pleasant way to spend a lazy afternoon. Instead of going to the fish monger Besh's mother would send her boys out fishing and dinner depended on their catch, usually speckled trout or red fish.

His mother's straight from the river Trout Amandine is Besh's first childhood food memory and undoubtedly played an important part of his formation as a chef. Simply dredged in flour, pan fried in browned butter, and finished with parsley, lemon juice, and toasted almonds, this dish is an adaptation of the French classic trout meunière and delicious enough to start one on a path of either becoming a fisherman or a chef.

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