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5 New Orleans books to read for Mardi Gras

Grab a slice of king cake, pour a mug of chicory coffee, and settle in with these NOLA-themed reads.

Gumbo Tales: Finding My Place at the New Orleans Table

No conversation surrounding the Big Easy could end without noting the city’s unique and varied cuisine. Born in Wisconsin, Sara Roahen takes readers through a food-laced journey of personal discovery in her new home, from gumbos and po’ boys to Vietnamese pho and Sicilian braciolone. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly writes that Roahen’s “culinary tour succeeds repeatedly in defining the indefinable with grace, wit, and passion-especially in regards to the city’s alluring, complex flavors and aromas.”

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