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General Information

Name:  Jason R. Girard  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Chicago

-- Jason R. Girard on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Jason Girard grew up just blocks from Maxwell street in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jason was a doorman at ''Buddy Guy's Legends'' while working his way through school at Triton College, where he attended culinary school. Later, he studied journalism at the University of Illinois. He is now head chef at ''Buddy Guy's'' and lives in suburban Chicago.

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Titles At Your Library

The Blues Highways Cookbook
ISBN: 0970312407

Blue Chef Pub. 2000

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods - The Great Melting Pot. It is often referred to as the "Northernmost city of the South." Millions of African Americans migrated to Chicago in the 20th Century, bringing with them the food, music and culture of the Deep South.

The musicians who traveled the "blues highways" of the Mississippi Delta and other areas of the South were drawn to Chicago in the early and mid-Twentieth Century by the city's vibrant recording industry. Thousands of black musicians arrived in Chicago with hopes for a better life and dreams of a recording career. These men and women changed the face of American music, but they also left an indelible mark on the American palate.

In his first book, The Blues Highways Cookbook, Chef Jason Girard (Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago) takes a look at the music, the culture and the food of the Great Migration.

More than 80 recipes from the kitchen of Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago's most famous blues club. Forward by four time Grammy Award Winner, Buddy Guy.

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