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New books and music with New Orleans flair


For her book The Runaway Beignet, Louisiana native Connie Collins Morgan joins illustrator Herb Leonhard to tell the story of Marcel, a baker who meets a man who gives him magic sugar for his beignets. One beignet comes to life and goes on a New Orleans adventure as people try to catch him. If the concept sounds familiar, that’s because the book is a New Orleans version of the popular children’s story The Gingerbread Man, complete with illustrations of popular New Orleans attractions and a few French words thrown in.


Also the author of Louis Armstrong’s New Orleans, Thomas Brothers talks about a different time in the life of the famous New Orleanian with Louis Armstrong, Master of Modernism. In the book, Brothers, a music professor at Duke University, focuses on Armstrong in the 1920s and ’30s, which Brothers considers Armstrong’s “most creative period.”


New Orleanians don’t immediately associate their city with Latino cuisine, but the book New Orleans con Sabor Latino gives the city’s Latino cooking culture some attention. Written by culinary historian Zella Palmer Cuadra, the book features lots of recipes, but there are also interesting profiles of local Latinos including Margarita Bergen, chef Adolfo Garcia and Kid Chef Eliana.


The folks in Sweet Crude stick to their Louisiana roots with Super Vilaine. The group is a seven-member band that sings in both English and Cajun French. The group, according to its Facebook page, is part of “a small but fervent group of young Louisianians engaged in keeping the language relevant via art.” New Orleans music fans will recognize Alexis Marceaux and Sam Craft, who have been performing regularly around the city as Alexis and the Samurai.

Please send submissions for consideration, attention: Haley Adams, 110 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 123, Metairie, LA 70005.

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