I’m getting back into the kitchen to continue to pay tribute to the food and cooks of New Orleans, the same as I did before this disaster hit, but with a sadness in my heart, along with the joie de vivre that was there before. I know the New Orleans that I love will be back, stronger and wiser, as it has so often in the past, but changed. One thing that I’ve always admired about New Orleans is its sense of community, which is lacking in so many other parts of the country. The Looters and shooters made the headlines, while scores of others patroled their neighborhoods in boats looking for surviving members of the community, or simply guarding the streets where they live. Nice guys don’t make headlines as easily as the bad guys. So as before, here is my live cooking journal dedicated to the Restaurants, Chefs, and homecooks of New Orleans and their rich cuisine; I can only try to do it as good as you do. Here’s to a speedy recovery.