Only in the Bayou State do Louisianans travel door to door on horseback collecting gumbo ingredients for Mardi Gras gatherings. Residents compete in egg pâquer contests to see who can crack their opponent's Easter egg first. Louisiana is a place where frequent collisions with natural disasters can inspire a drink like Pat O'Brien's famous hurricane. And the state's history is filled with colorful figures like Governor Earl K. Long, whose wife committed him to a mental institution--only for him to use his political pull to inspire his own release. Elsewhere these accounts may seem odd or farfetched, but it all happens in Louisiana. Join author Sam Irwin as he details these intriguing Pelican State stories with pithy observations, humorous asides and droll determinations.
It Happens in Louisiana: Peculiar Tales, Traditions & Recipes from the Bayou
Sam Irwin trained as a historian at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he became the state's foremost (and possibly only) crawfish historian when he published Louisiana Crawfish: A Succulent History of the Cajun Crustacean. His varied life experiences compelled Irwin, an Americanized Cajun, to write It Happens in Louisiana: Peculiar Tales, Traditions & Recipes from the Bayou.
6 x 9 Hardcover
Published: October 19, 2015