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Murder Etouffee [Hardcover]

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Pages   188
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.06" Width: 6.22" Height: 0.94"
Weight:   0.88 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 30, 2006
Publisher Publishing
ISBN  1589398602  
EAN  9781589398603  

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When visiting New Orleans years ago, I searched for a book that would give me a quick feel for the City - a collection of information and ideas about culture and cuisine, along with a historical overview. Sadly, no such document existed. I wrote Murder Etouffee to correct this vacancy and to provide visitors to the Big Easy with a wealth of ideas and information to help them enjoy their stay in the city.

Murder Etouffee is a collection of stories about Louisiana and New Orleans in particular. It also contains regional recipes and cooking tips that embody Creole and Cajun cuisine - stories and recipes giving readers an authentic "feel" for the people of New Orleans. Lagniappe is a French word meaning a gift or something extra, and Murder Etouffee gives its readers a "little something extra," taking them on a whimsical and historical tour of one of the most unique regions in the United States - a region recently subjected to the worst natural disaster in the history of this country.

AUTHOR BIO: Raised in Louisiana, Eric holds degrees in geology from NLU and University of Arkansas. Author of the mystery Ghost of a Chance, Eric lives and writes in Edmond, Oklahoma.

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The Big Gumbo!  Jan 9, 2007
Gumbo is the Cajun dish that dominates Eric Wilder's 2006 book Murder Etouffee, steaming bowls being served every few pages and even in the title of one of the collection's tastiest short stories, "The Big Gumbo." Irish readers take note: Gumbo is a Louisiana stew made from shrimp, roux, rice, peppers, sausage, and (in the words of Annette, the little Cajun grandmamma whose highly-recommended greasy spoon can be found on Dauphine, near Canal) "Everything I have in my kitchen." With its mix of commentary, historical vignette, recipe and short fiction, Murder Etouffee is a Creole combination of items usually served separate.

There ought to be more books like this one. Readers without open minds might dismiss Murder Etouffee as an assortment of freelance pieces swept into one POD. Free your minds, people. Remember Schott's Miscellany? Murder Etouffee is a long lost Cajun cousin, different formats of writing united in the goal of delivering a taste of New Orleans culture and cuisine.

Murder Etouffee opens with a piece of journalism, "Trip to New Orleans After [2005's hurricane] Katrina." Wilder writes an account of the city's recovery- and stark lack thereof- six months after one of the most devastating natural disasters in US history. The Crescent City is one I know well, living just south of its shadow in the early 90's. I got a shock from the article's descriptions of homes and businesses in their thousands that are left, months later, as nothing but shattered shells.

Twenty-nine varied selections follow. Under the category "Lagniappe" (Louisianan for "something extra") Wilder includes short essays on the city's geologic history, racial background, Mardi Gras traditions, and colourful figures like Voodoo queen Marie Laveau. I had not known the game of craps was introduced to America by a wealthy New Orleans plantation owner, or that "Craps" is short for "Le Crapaud," the French word for frog.

After a few landmarks of New Orleans society have been introduced, Wilder weaves a short fiction around them. Following entries on "Creoles, Cajuns, Africans and Passeblancs," "New Orleans' Most Important Ethnic Group" and a recipe for "Crawfish Etouffee," the first short, "Murder Etouffee," concerns a wealthy potential Mardi Gras king accused of having mixed blood.

Of the book's ten stories, five feature the set of recurring characters appearing in Wilder's unpublished short fiction and his forthcoming novel, Big Easy. The series centers on lemonade-drinking former trial attorney Wyatt Thomas. Working as an unlicensed private eye, "Cowboy" (as he is called) moves among New Orleans' rich and poor, its restaurants and bars, universities and blues clubs. Generally by streetcar. "I like public transportation," he explains. A distinctive character trait. I wish there had been more that was distinctive to Wyatt. The character felt uncomfortable close to Matt Scudder and Dave Robicheaux. His bar-owning sidekick Bertram Picou would easily be mistaken in a line-up for Robichaux's friend. Or that bad rip-off of Robicheaux's friend in Elmore Leonard's forgettable New Orleans knock off.

Murder Etouffee contains other errors, typos and inconsistencies. Wyatt's recipe for New Orleans Whiskey Sauce? Sure, the recipes are attributed to characters from the stories, but why would a non-drinker share a recipe for whiskey sauce?

Critical Mick says: Sure, this gumbo should have simmered long enough for one more edit. Eric Wilder still made a trip to stale old Café Du Monde palatable. Murder Etouffee's bold mix of journalism, history, recipe and fiction do just what he set out to do- deliver a hearty taste of New Orleans.

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