Books: June 2016
06/17/2016 08:00AM ● Published by Robert Frey
THE ROAD TO LITTLE DRIBBLING
By Bill Bryson, Doubleday $28.95
Once again, the marvelously funny and informative Bryson takes us on an exhaustive and entertaining tour of Britain, his adopted country. Avoiding major cities (except for London to which he devotes lovingly descriptions), he opts for unusual and seldom visited tourists spots. He takes us by car, bus and foot from the very south to the very north of the country or at least, as close as he reckons it. Along the way we’re surprised to learn interesting facts such as George Everest, for whom the mountain is named, never ever saw it. Why it was named for him, no one knows. We travel on until the end when he describes the countryside of Great Britain as “the world’s largest park, its most perfect accidental garden.”
BY Alex V. Cook, LSU Press $19.95
Cook, who was raised down the bayou in Houma, begins his gustatory tour just about land’s end at Sportsman’s Paradise in Chauvin where seafood is right out of the sea and jumbo soft shell crabs a fresh delicacy. Heading West, he dines at Abear’s Café where he sings with high praise their Seafood Gumbo and Peanut Butter Pie. From there, Alex’s tour of Roadside restaurants continues as he heads West, popping in for a shrimp Poboy at the Olde Tyme Grocery in Lafayette and devouring Boudin at Billy’s Diner in Krotz Springs. It’s an appetizing guide to some of the finest roadside eateries.