John Besh talks about his successful year

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) -- It's been a big year for award-winning chef John Besh. He opened Willa Jean in the CBD, and Shaya Uptown, which was named "America's best new restaurant" by Esquire magazine. He also released his fourth cookbook: Besh Big Easy: 101 Home-Cooked New Orleans Recipes, in which he makes his favorite hometown cooking accessible to a wide audience of cooks and readers, and easy to bring in the kitchen.

In this, his fourth book, the award-winning chef John Besh takes another deep dive into the charm and authenticity of the cuisine of his hometown.

Besh Big Easy: 101 Home-Cooked New Orleans Recipes, is a fresh and delightful new look at his signature food. Besh Big Easy will feature all new recipes for homestyle cooking such as gumbo, stews, and one pot meals.

"It's the more iconic dishes that you kind of crave when you think New Orleans," said Besh. "My other cookbooks are big and heavy and beautiful, but often times they're not brought into the kitchen, they're left on the coffee table. I wanted to create something like this so that people can actually cook out of."

It's all about making New Orleans food accessible, to the home cooks and to the people who don't necessarily have a cooking background.

The book can be found in stores at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and local shops.