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NPR gave a little air time yesterday to Marcelle Bienvenue, co-editor of Cooking Up A Storm: Recipes Lost and Found from The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, who combed through the newspaper’s archives to help residents rebuild their family cookbooks that were washed away during Katrina

The paper’s Brett Anderson has already been doing award-winning work, reporting on the the city’s famous restaurants as they come back to life, and this project only adds to the Times-Picayune’s stature in preserving and honoring and chronicling New Orleans’ unique place in American culinary history.

If any paper deserves special recognition for its food writing, it has to be the Times-Picayune.