Publishing executive Michael Murphy first visited New Orleans in ’83 to work with author Anne Rice. By day two, he’d been seduced by the city’s twisted charm like so many from Tennessee Williams to Brad Pitt. He moved here in 2009. He is never leaving.
Approached to write a restaurant guide, he convinced the publisher they did not want to do so in the era of Urbanspoon™, TripAdvisor®, and Yelp®. Instead, he wrote the story-filled and anecdotal EAT DAT. The 2014 book was honored by the Huffington Post as the “Number 1 essential book to read” before coming to New Orleans. It was the #1 travel book for Amazon and sold through five printings before a new edition, EAT DAT UP-DAT’d, was released in 2015.
The stories and restaurants from his book have been crafted into the foundation of the Eat Dat Culinary Tour.
Eat Dat Culinary Tour features stops to sample New Orleans signature foods like pralines, but at the historic & story-filled Leah’s Pralines (around since 1930), to more elaborate dishes especially prepared by noted chef, Susan Spicer, at her Bayona restaurant. Chef Spicer is in two culinary Hall of Fames.
While focused on food, Eat Dat Culinary Tour will dip into the city’s eclectic (some would say eccentric) history.
With his deep knowledge of New Orleans and irreverent wit,
Murphy makes a delightful travel companion.
See Murphy’s other works:
Fear Dat, about New Orleans voodoo,vampires, graveyards, ghosts, andassorted butchery & mayhem, 2015.Anne Rice contributed to the Fore-Warned section of the book
Hear Dat, New Orleans music, Spring 2016. Introduction by the late Allen Toussaint.
111 Places in New Orleans That You Must Not Miss, 2015, reveals hidden non-touristy destinations.