Hot Books For New Orleans Summer From Wilton Barnhardt, Mona Lisa Saloy And Frederick Starr |

“Second Line Home: New Orleans Poems” By Mona Lisa Saloy Truman State University Press, $16.95 The New Orleans poet and Dillard University professor has been piling up awards for years, including the 2005 T.S. Eliot Award for her debut collection, ” Red Beans and Ricely Yours .” Her new collection offers a poetic response to the destruction and diaspora triggered by Hurricane Katrina — and chronicles the city’s long struggle to rebuild. “Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia’s Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane” By S. Frederick Starr Princeton University Press, $39.50 Author S. Frederick Starr has many ties to New Orleans: as a traditional jazz performer, as the biographer of native son Louis Gottschalk, and as a one-time Tulane University administrator.
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New Orleans culinary tours | Experience Food & Wine

Gulf seafood is everywhere, dished up in such specialties as oysters char broiled and Rockefeller and dark, rich gumbo brimming with okra, shrimp and crab. For a casual munch, try a muffuletta on crusty French bread, stacked with Italian meats and cheeses and garnished with chopped green olive salad. And the list goes on. One of the best ways to pack the most grazing into the shortest time is to opt for a culinary tour. Prices generally include everything but gratuity for the guide, and some include cocktail samplings.
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