Give the Gift of New Orleans Through These Books

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It's no secret that people from New Orleans absolutely love New Orleans. Share some of that appreciation and pride with the rest of the world through books on the topic. Whether they cover the history of the city itself or the origins of our distinctive cocktail culture, there is a read for everyone. From cookbooks to coffee table books, here are seven gift-worthy options.

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The Art of Place, $55, Hazelnut,

Learn all about Lee Ledbetter, the celebrated American designer and architect who calls New Orleans home. He combines the arts of architecture and interior design seamlessly, and his work is widely recognized.

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The Accidental City, $22, The Historic New Orleans Collection,

Newsflash: New Orleans should not exist. Fighting all of the odds—hurricanes, snakes, flooding—New Orleans grew to become to city we all know and love. The book covers the founding of the city through when Louisiana became a state.

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Lift Your Spirits: A Celebratory History of Cocktail Culture, $22.50, The Historic New Orleans Collection,

Get into the history, myths, traditions, and personalities of cocktail culture in New Orleans. While you're learning, create over 40 recipes at home!

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The New Orleans Kitchen, $40, Garden District Book Shop,

Justin Devillier launched his debut cookbook earlier this year and we think it would make the perfect gift! Wrap this up for the aspiring chef in your life. 

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Pontchartrain Beach, $35, Hazelnut,

In Pontchartrain Beach, readers will learn all about the iconic amusement park, which was founded in the early 20th century and closed in the 80s. It's the perfect gift for anyone who visited the attraction over the years!

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The Incomparable Magazine Street, $45, Perlis,

Learn all about the history and culture of famous Magazine Street. In this coffee table book, author John Magill and photographer Margot Landen show the evolution of one of the city's most important streets.


Julia Reed's New Orleans, $50, Garden District Book Shop,

Give this read to an aspiring hostess. Julia Reed shares her favorite New Orleans recipes, party tips, and more in this unique cookbook.