New Orleans Food: Cafe au Lait and Red Beans & Rice

I'm reviewing a copy of Tom Fitzmorris's Food Town, about the New Orleans food scene pre and post Katrina. I've been obsessed with New Orleans for a long time and it's only gotten worse while reading this book and watching that new series Treme on HBO.

Anyhow, I want to start making some authentic New Orleans food and drinks at home, starting with cafe au lait. Food Town provides a recipe, which seems simple enough, but does anyone know an online source where I can buy chicory?

Secondly, does anyone have an authentic red beans and rice recipe they'd care to share? I'm dying to try a couple versions, including the one in the book.

Thanks in advance!


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