Poppy Tooker, author of “Tujaque’s: A Cookbook,” will discuss the book at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
As the second-oldest restaurant in New Orleans, Tujague’s boasts more than a century of Creole cuisine served in the heart of the French Quarter. The cookbook combines memorabilia from the restaurant’s archives with modern images from New Orleans photographers Sam Hanna and Louis Sahuc.
The story of the successful effort to save the restaurant is included, along with tales of ghostly guests and authentic dishes and drinks celebrating the oldest standup bar in America and the restaurant credited with creating the international tradition of brunch.
Tooker’s classical training and love of New Orleans cuisine has been recognized internationally through her participation in various documentary projects, including those produced by the History Channel, BBC and the Weather Channel. She beat celebrity chef Bobby Flay with her seafood gumbo when she competed on “Throwdown with Bobby Flay.”
Following Hurricane Katrina, Tooker helped preserve the food traditions of New Orleans. She worked to bring back and restore both restaurants and food providers. For her efforts, she was named a Hero of the Storm by The Times-Picayune. The International Association of Cooking Professionals recognized Tooker with its first Community Service Award, and Southern Living magazine named her a Hero of the New South.
Westwego career workshop series: “Successful Interview Strategies” is the third event of a three-part seminar about finding success in the career market at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Westwego Branch Library, 635 Fourth St., Westwego. In this session, participants will learn how to answer difficult questions and what to ask the interviewer to ensure a great job fit. It is led by Jessica Rareshide, certified personnel consultant and certified staffing professional.
World War II discussion group: David Stone talks about the impact of the war on Hollywood and the entertainment industry at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the East Bank Regional Library in Metairie. Stone will discuss how the Allied and Axis nations were portrayed, and he’ll review the radio shows and USO tours.
Lawyers in Libraries: Attorney Monique Lafontaine provides legal information at 7 p.m. Thursday at the East Bank Regional Library. Her appearance is part of “Lawyers in Libraries,” a program sponsored by the Louisiana State Bar Association that links lawyers with patrons who need legal advice. During this presentation, volunteer lawyers will provide information about how to access civil legal resources and will be available for questions and answers and brief consultations with attendees.
Fiction writers: Anyone who is writing a novel, short story, play, screenplay, or other work of fiction is invited to the East Bank Regional Library with laptops where they can write in the company of fellow writers. It happens from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Monday night in November. These five nights are part of National Novel Writing Month, a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On Nov. 1, participants began working toward the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30.
All programs at the library are free and are to the public. For more information about programs at the 15 branches of the Jefferson Parish Library, go to www.jplibrary.net or friend the library’s Facebook page for daily programming updates.