, Muskogee, OK


September 11, 2013

Louisiana classics make cookbook

Three Louisiana classics were released in hardback this month.  First, there’s “Happy, Happy, Happy” by the Duck Commander himself, Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach.  Lest you think the Commander needs a ghost writer, you should know he has a college degree and taught high school P.E. and English in Junction City, Arkansas. He played football at Louisiana Tech with Terry Bradshaw. He is worth millions. He just happens to enjoy walking barefoot in the woods year round and prefers hunting and fishing to almost everything. You might say he’s the national role model for those wanting to live life on their own terms successfully.

Robertson attributes his success to14 rules for happiness.  His Louisiana-grown wisdom conjures up a backwoods Ben Franklin, but without quite so many proverbs and sayings.  And, like the duck calls that made him a millionaire, we find ourselves wishing we had only invented it, written it, or said it. This is a quick and easy read for Duck Dynasty fans.

If you’re hankering for more home-spun Louisiana tales, try James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux detective series. Out this month is “Light of the World,” which finds the New Iberia sheriff’s detective on vacation in Montana.  But, Robicheaux soon learns a venomous presence from the past threatens his tranquil retreat. Burke is no crime writer lightweight with 27 novels to his credit, including his classic 1982 novel “Two for Texas,” which was also a made-for-tv movie starring Kris Kristofferson and Tom Skerrit.

And finally, the last of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, “Dead Ever After,” is out on bookstands, lucky 13 in the list of Charlaine Harris’s kitschy vampire series. Many of Harris’s fans have found it difficult to rectify the HBO True Blood series with her Sookie Stackhouse novels, but both are coming to an end with the final novel and the last 10 episodes of the show’s 7th season in 2014.

Cook up some Louisiana classics that hail from way up north in West Monroe and Ruston. They’ll make you happy, happy, happy.

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