Lolis Eric Elie, a Times-Picayune alumnus and the official blogger for the HBO original series, has written a Treme cookbook which includes recipes by noteworthy New Orleans chefs like Emeril Lagasse, Susan Spicer, Alon Shaya, and Donald Link. The cookbook—which we at First We Feast cannot wait to get our paws on—also includes recipes by David Chang and Eric Ripert, who have both made appearances on the show. Anthony Bourdain, who wrote for Treme, penned the forward for the cookbook. Eater has its hands on a copy of the tome, officially titled Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans. Their thoughts? “Treme rises above the standard fanboy/girl cookbook by being an actually useful text on Cajun and Creole cuisine,” reports Eater National editor Paula Forbes.

Forbes published an excerpt from Bourdain’s forward, where he talks about working with all the chefs for the series:

[pullquote]What unites the characters on the show Treme is [a] love for a place; an attitude, a culture, where delicious food and great music are birthrights… When I called up friends like Dave Chang, Eric Ripert, Tom Colicchio, and Wylie Dufresne and asked if they’d care to appear as themselves, every one of them immediately said yes. These are busy guys for whom it usually takes six months to schedule a cup of coffee.[/pullquote]

[via Eater,]