Most folks have never heard of Chef Dominique Macquets homeland, the tiny African island of Mauritius, but that doesnt stop them from enjoying the savory tropical dishes he serves up in his New Orleans restaurant. The author of Dominiques Tropical Latitudes and Dominiques Fresh Flavors: Cooking with Latitude in New Orleans, Macquet creates dishes that draw on his island past, the kaleidoscope of New Orleans food traditions and tidbits he picked up on his travels through Africa and Latin America. Theyre exotic concoctions that are still within reach of any novice chef try his Caribbean stew pepperpot, key lime crème brûlée or jerk-marinated roast leg of lamb. Meet Chef Macquet during todays book signing at 2 p.m. Borders Books, 570 Meyerland Plaza. For information, call 7136612888 or visit www.bordersstores.com. Free.
Tue., Feb. 5, 2 p.m., 2008