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Louisiana Rambles: Exploring America's Cajun and Creole Heartland Paperback – February 7, 2011
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"Ian McNulty's enthusiasm for all things Louisiana is infectious and invigorating, because it is so convincing. In Louisiana Rambles, McNulty portrays the medley of sounds, smells, sights, textures and tastes that arise from a land so rich in culture, heritage, landscape and lore, along with an overabundance of hardship. McNulty provides readers with every reason to visit Louisiana, as well as all the information needed to plan a memorable trip."
--Judges' comments, Silver Medal 2011, Society of American Travel Writers Travel Book Award
"Ian McNulty captures the spirit and haunting beauty of southern Louisiana, from the bayous to the plantations. As he rambles along the back roads, he offers insights that delight those of us who grew up in the region. All of the tastes, sounds, sights, and smells come alive in this wonderful book."
--Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of The Aspen Institute in Denver and former president and CEO of CNN
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Not necessarily a good travel guide for someone visiting the state, this book is best used by people in Louisiana who want a better appreciation of their area. He combed the countryside with one rule: 3 hours from his home in New Orleans. His review covers food, dancing, fishing, history, and sprinklings of ecology. A recurring theme throughout the book is the coastal erosion of the state, but his tone is not that of a hippie environmentalist. Instead, McNulty embraces the culture of the manly fishing, hunting, dancing, horse-riding, cooking, can-do Cajun man who is frustrated that all the wonder and goodness of the Louisiana landscape is disappearing.
The book includes towns and specific venues in them with some supplementary info in the appendix, but it needs separate maps and a few websites to be most practical. As I read, I often found myself looking up places and events online or checking out the diversity of the waterways in Google Maps. The style is engaging and upbeat, and it's written for explorers. He does not set expectations too high with the pop culture sense of "wow! look at this glitzy thing!" but instead finds beauty and wonder in small cultural details and the Cajun propensity for having a good time. As a foodie, McNulty quickly learned to carry an ice chest whenever he explored to property take advantage of the possibilities and most of the tales of adventure prominently featured beer.Read more ›
To say I have new places to visit is an understatement. He singlehandly renewed my interest in Zydeco, and I keep eyeing that exit to Mamou so I can visit Fred's one morning. Dying to visit a Zydeco festival. And I love he drives around with a cooler in his trunk just in case he finds a butcher with some good boudin.
If you are looking to uncover the "real" South Louisiana, look no further.
Only thing I wished he'd covered was tailgating at the LSU games. Seemed an obvious go-to for more fevered spirit and some dang good food.
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Because I am from, and still live in, South La., I could really relate to this book. In fact, many of the places, food, people, etc., I have already experienced over the years. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Charlotte R.
I love out of the way places and this book has really helped me plan my Bayou ramble. I'll blog about it when I get back!Published 17 months ago by Michele
great guide for ideas of traveling outside New Orleans. Check out the smoke houses to find authentic andouille to take home.Published on June 23, 2013 by tuckman