Cook up a storm with the Drag Queen Brunch cookbook

The world’s first brunch drag queen cookbook: Drag Queen Brunchcombines queer and drag culture, New Orleans cuisine, history, and all things brunch in one delicious cookbook.

Arts Literature Brian Webb

This article was published on September 4th, 2019

Is there anything gayer than brunch? As it turns out, there is: what could be more queer than a Drag Queen Brunch cookbook? Well kweens, your prayers have been answered. You’re about to get all your favorite brunch time meals and recipes in one handy cookbook that has recently been released. The world’s first brunch drag queen cookbook: Drag Queen Brunch combines queer and drag culture, New Orleans cuisine, history, and all things brunch in one delicious cookbook.

Drag Queen Brunch is a new jaw-dropping,weave snatching, eye catching cookbook-meets-queer lifestyle-spread by Poppy Tooker: award-winning author, TV personality and host of NPR-affiliated radio show “Louisiana Eats!” Poppy Tooker is somewhat of a local NOLA legend with a captivating personality combined with a vast knowledge of both Drag culture and culinary history of New Orleans. Poppy Tooker has made Drag Queen Brunch a must-read for foodies, history buffs, and LGBT lifestyle enthusiasts.

Drag Queen Brunch (Rainbow Road Press, 2019) features gorgeous colorful photography by Sam Hanna of dishes (both ladies and recipes) in some of the Big Easy’s most famous and iconic restaurants and courtyards. With every turn of the page, Drag Queen Brunch offers stunning images of some of New Orleans’s most glamorous divas alongside world-famous brunch dishes. Drag Queen Brunch takes readers to through a bevy of rollicking drag queens and gorgeously decadent dishes.

This page-turning book features sizzling spreads and profiles of 15 drag beauties; stunning photos by Sam Hanna; a foreword by nationally renowned drag artist Vinsantos Defonte: a prominent voice in the national LGBTQ community, and 60 mouth-watering brunch recipes including egg Sardou, crabmeat cheesecake, Caribbean Milk Punch and Legs & Eggs. The book’s epilogue is a fascinating account of 70s drag culture, the history of drag, and the very special community in New Orleans—leaving the reader wanting more.

In Drag Queen Brunch, Tooker, one of New Orleans’ most celebrated gay history preservationists and historians, combines the legacy and tradition of New Orleans drag culture with striking imagery, captivating stories and specifically curated recipes from some of the city’s most acclaimed restaurants and chefs, including Commander’s Palace, Brennan’s, Antoine’s, Alon Shaya, Isaac Toups and more.

Now, for a limited time, The Historic New Orleans Collection’s museum has a selection of autographed copies available in the shop.

You can get your copy of Drag Queen Brunch at The Shop at The Collection and the museum galleries of The Historic New Orleans Collection, which are open to the public Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. and Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

You can also order the Drag Queen Brunch hardcover book online now.

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