Celebrating with St. Joseph Altars: The History, Recipes, and Symbols of a New Orleans Tradition
ISBN: 0807174769
EAN13: 9780807174760
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 10, 2021
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 1" H x 9" L x 8" W
Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

Every year on March 19, Roman Catholic churches and households in and around New Orleans celebrate St. Joseph's Day. As centerpieces of these celebrations, the elaborate tiered displays of foods, prayers, and offerings known as St. Joseph Altars represent a centuries-old tradition established in south Louisiana by immigrants from Sicily.

In Celebrating with St. Joseph Altars, Sandra Scalise Juneau expertly documents the stories, recipes, and religious symbolism of this rich tradition passed down through multiple generations. While the altars have adapted over time to local ingredients and tastes, most of the customary dishes still follow cooking and baking methods that remain relatively unchanged from over a century ago.

Juneau traces the history and symbols associated with the St. Joseph Altar from its Sicilian origins to its establishment among Louisiana's celebrations, then its later embrace by multicultural communities across the United States. She also provides a guide for preparing an altar, complete with recommended timelines and suggestions for physical setup. She offers over sixty carefully selected recipes centered on delectable breads, fish, pasta, and spring vegetables. Pastries receive special attention, with detailed instructions for carving the intricate fig cake designs known as cuccidati.

Celebrating with St. Joseph Altars chronicles a cultural tradition that continues to draw families and communities together in a generous spirit of hospitality.

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5
   Good book for Catholics
My sister really enjoyed this book as her Christmas present. Lots of background on St. Joseph's altars, pictures and recipes.
 
5
   A Masterpiece
Whether you are immersed in the local experience of St. Joseph Altars of southern Louisiana or just interested in a rather obscure day of celebration, this book covers the history and continuity today. The recipes make it indispensable alone. I was not expecting so many color photographs to be included and they really help illustrate food placement on the altars and the finished recipes themselves. Mrs. Juneau, great job well done.
 
5
   This book is a treasure!
The book explains everything one needs to know about creating an Altar and the recipes look delicious--they can be prepared anytime, not just for St. Joseph's Day.
 
5
   Great recipes!
So many recipes, I can 't wait to try! The picture reminds me of my Sicilian grandmas kitchen!
 
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