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St. Joseph Altars [Hardcover]

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Pages   130
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.48" Width: 8.08" Height: 0.64"
Weight:   1.6 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   Pelican Publishing Company
ISBN  1589801407  
EAN  9781589801400  

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This photographic tribute displays the rich cultural tradition behind New Orleans' St. Joseph altars and their deliciousdishes. While examining the spiritual significance of the altars and the accompanying foods, author Kerri McCaffety also discusses their cultural importance to both Sicilian Americans and the people of New Orleans. New Orleans is home to one of the largest Sicilian-American populations in the United States, and the community preserves many of its Old World traditions. During the Middle Ages, Sicily went through a period of severe drought. For relief, the people turned to their patron saint, St. Joseph, promising a huge banquet in his honor in return for the needed rain.

The tradition evolved and now features today's St. Joseph altars, constructed in thanks for answered prayers. Every year on March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph, beautiful and elaborate altars are constructed and piled high with deliciousfood. In St. Joseph Altars, Kerri McCaffety combines historical knowledge with luscious photographs of this Sicilian tradition. She took 140 color photographs in thirty different homes to reveal the beauty and majesty of the St. Joseph altars. St. Joseph Altars is also an heirloom cookbook; it contains twenty recipes for several of the most popular St. Joseph altar dishes. Contributed by both Sicilian grandmothers and New Orleans chefs, these traditional recipes include ciabatta (bread), cioppino (fish stew), and various biscotti (cookies).

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More About Kerri McCaffety

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kerri McCaffety is regarded as a top photographer and is a nationally recognized talent whose art hangs in galleries and museums throughout the country. She is the winner of the Society of American Travel Writers' Lowell Thomas award and two of her books have been selected as finalists for the Independent Book Publishers Association's Benjamin Franklin Award. McCaffety is passionate about documenting her adopted city and has done so in several titles including The Majesty of the French Quarter; The Majesty of St. Charles Avenue; Etouffee, Mon Amour: The Great Restaurants of New Orleans; St. Joseph Altars; and Obituary Cocktail: The Great Saloons of New Orleans all published by Pelican. She lives in New Orleans with her family.

Kerri McCaffety currently resides in New Orleans.

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st joseph altars  Jan 21, 2008
i bought two of these; one for our former pastor - priest
and one for our altar society; it is just wonderful
Fond Memories  May 6, 2007
This book brought back so many fond memories of when I was growing up in a little town north of New Orleans. My parents were from New Orleans and of Italian descent, and this book is reminiscent of so many things I experienced as a child. My mother made a St. Joseph's Altar for 17 years until she was no longer able to do so, and I was thrilled to find recipes for so many of the dishes she prepared in this book!
A Vivid Reminder  Feb 20, 2004
Growing up in a Sicilian family in the 50's, the St Jospeh Altar was a labor of love for my parents. I can recall the women gathered around the kitchen table with their own special paring knives for making cookies and secret recipes for the traditional dishes of their homeland. The photographs are a vivid reminder of those tables laden with so many pastries with the strange sounding names.

Although this book is seen from the celebrations in New Orleans, it still captures the story of the St Joseph Altar with the prayers and rituals of the occassion. I can still hear the beautiful sung Litany of St Joseph translated into English in this book, and taste the crunch of "mudica" (toasted breadcrumbs)on the pasta. This book would be a treasure to hand down to your children as you tell them of their grandparents and great-grandparents or as a gift for anyons who remembers San Guiseppe's feast day. It is a scrapbook of a time past for most Sicilian familes who have blended into the cultural melting pot, and a reminder of a heritage that should be kept alive for future generations.

St. Joseph Altars  Jan 4, 2004
A beautiful book with super pictures. If you cannot come to New Orleans to see the St. Joseph Altars in person, then at least buy the book and enjoy the pictures. The Feast of St. Joseph is on March 19th.

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