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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing; 2 edition (February 28, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565543378
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565543379
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

EXPLORE CAJUN COUNTRY, a land of black coffee and bayous, steaming crawfish and swamps, and miles of sun-drenched prairie stretching along Louisiana's Gulf Coast from the great River Road to the Texas border.

Cajun Country Guide provides visitors with the most information on the best:

- Creole and Cajun restaurants serving roasted game, fresh seafood, jambalaya, gumbo, ï toufï e, alligator sauce piquante . . .

- Rustic seafood joints, roadside cafï s, barbecue stands, and markets selling everything from boiled crawfish to Cajun beef jerky and boudin

- Cajun dance halls, tin-roof zydeco clubs, swamp-pop lounges, and restaurants where you can dance to the music of Cajun Country

- Swamp tours, gardens, hiking trails, alligator-and bird-watching spots

- Plantation tours, historic homes, small museums, and local craftsmen

- Bed and breakfasts, hotels, houseboat rentals, swamp cabins, and beach cottages

"Next to a wallet stuffed with greenbacks, this book may be the most valuable commodity for anyone exploring Cajun Country."
--The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune

"The authors take you to every run-down dancehall at the end of some unnamed road--where the bon temps really do rouler."

"A comprehensive guide to every shop, store, honky tonk, and food stand in the area."
--Touring America

"The most comprehensive guide to Cajun Country ever published."
--Juke Blues

"To call this book a labor of love is an understatement. Macon Fry worships at the shrine of Our Lady of the Authentic Down Home Experience. After perusing Cajun Country Guide you will want to join the congregation."
--Jazz Potpourri

Macon Fry and Julie Posner are freelance writers who live in New Orleans. Fry's features have appeared in publications including Louisiana Life, The Times-Picayune, and Gambit. Ms. Posner is the creator of the Louisiana Festivals and Events Calendar and the Louisiana Festivals and Events Guidebook.


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Customer Reviews

Good hints about music and food.
Nancy Shinno
Good directions to all the "little places" and good descriptions of what you'll find there.
Carolyn Shearlock
We went by these stars to plan our trip and had a great time.
Al B.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Al B. on July 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
We used several guidebooks to plan a long weekend in southern Louisiana in connection with a family wedding in Lafayette. This was the most useful of the books.
The author gives a star to especially noteworthy attractions, hotels, and restaurants. We went by these stars to plan our trip and had a great time. Even our new Cajun cousins-in-law were impressed with the selections we made.
A close second as a guidebook was "Louisiana Dayride - 52 Short Trips from New Orleans" by Shelley Holl.
Two final notes: Neither guidebook covers the city of New Orleans itself; and every guidebook we read had the wrong area codes for many telephone numbers (Louisiana has 2 brand-new area codes -- 225 and 337)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
I bought this book while in New Orleans for Jazz Fest. Having never really ventured out of the crescent city, this book was a god send. The next year, after reading the book from cover to cover, I travelled thru-out South West LA, before heading to Jazz Fest. I got to see and experience things I think I would have definitely missed with out this book (i.e. great restaurants, where to get the best boudin, great places for live zydeco, swamp tours, cheap cabin lodgings---just to name a few things). We even ventured down to Grand Isle. The book is great for its thorough research on the entire area. You can plan a great trip for cheap or travel in style. If you love the area as much as I do, it is necessary to own a copy of Cajun Country Guide. My '92 edition is so dog eared I am in need of the 2nd edition SOON!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "pdberger" on March 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
This well-written book was invaluable for our family's week in Bayou country. It has a dry humor ("on the Bayou, land is a recent occurrence..."). It covers geography, history, culture, and then gets into where to stay, where to eat, where to dance, what to see, and what to do. It's pretty up front (about one town -- "don't get hungry here...").
Everything we tried that was recommended in the book was great fun. One of the eateries was not so much wonderful as wonderfully different, but we were glad we went just as well.
Some of the details are a little out of date, but I think that's due to their specificity. If you say that a tiny bakery makes sweet potato pies between 11-3 on Thursdays, but the one owner-baker decides to change to Wednesdays, there's not much to be done about that. Even so, that only happened once in the entire week.
We had this book and the Delorme LA map, and that was a perfect set of resources for us. We had a great time, and I'm confident it was due to this book in particular.
Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Shearlock on October 10, 2002
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Spent several weeks in Cajun Country last winter with this book as our guide. Found a LOT of wonderful, out of the way places and experiences that we never would have known about otherwise. My New Orleans "born and raised" friends didn't even know about many of them. This is a wonderful area to visit -- we camped, but ate most of our meals out to really get the "local flavor" (I'm getting hungry just remembering). This book does a good job of describing all the local foods, too.
Good directions to all the "little places" and good descriptions of what you'll find there. If you go to any of the dances (and you should!), be sure to call ahead and find out what the current start time is. In the Christmas season, try to catch one of the many "boat parades" on the bayous -- they're not listed in the book, but just ask around and people will tell you when and where.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
We recently spent a week visiting Lafayette and the surrounding area in search of music and dancing, both Cajun and Zydeco. This book is the most helpful resource we could find anywhere. But we were disappointed to discover the hard way that some of the directions are impossible to follow. For instance, we drove out to Loreauville to search for Clifton Chenier's unmarked grave, and the book was just plain wrong. It told us to turn west on a road that only went east, giving us an impossible set of directions. We got lost, and spent an hour wandering rural backroads that had nothing at all to do with the highway numbers given in this book. On other trips, we learned the distances they give are sometimes way, way off, causing much confusion. The authors seem to be obsessed with food and eating, and know very little about the music and dance venues. Still, we couldn't have gotten along without it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Al B. on July 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
We used several guidebooks to plan a long weekend in southern Louisiana in connection with a family wedding in Lafayette. This was the most useful of the books.
The author gives a star to especially noteworthy attractions, hotels, and restaurants. We went by these stars to plan our trip and had a great time. Even our new Cajun cousins-in-law were impressed with the selections we made.
A close second as a guidebook was "Louisiana Dayride - 52 Short Trips from New Orleans" by Shelley Holl.
Two final notes: Neither guidebook covers the city of New Orleans itself; and every guidebook we read had the wrong area codes for many telephone numbers (Louisiana has 2 brand-new area codes -- 225 and 337)
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