Book Launch – Bourbon Street Nights: Volume One of Crescent City — 52 Comments

  1. I have never eaten Cajun or Creole food (I’m French) so you would advise me on what to eat first! I loved your excerpt. I usually don’t like modern variations on JA but the way you mixed up the different characters is excellent.

    • Jambalaya would be the easiest to make. It’s similar to paella, but there is no saffron.

      Yes, the characters are mixed together, but everyone ends up with their expected partner (eventually).

      • Paella? Really? I was born in Spain and my mum makes the best ever paella in the world. Hum… I should try jambalaya and compare! Lol

  2. My most favorite Cajun food is crawfish étouffée. So looking forward to reading this series! All the best!

  3. I have eaten jambalaya and things with Cajun in the name ( at a restaurant called Bourban Street) but since I have never been to New Orleans I really dont consider myself as someone who has eaten proper Creole or Cajun foods. Another place on the bucket list!
    Since I love to read sbout places I have been or are going to, I bet your books will make me push New Orleans to the top of the list!

    • Never eat Cajun or Creole at a place outside of Louisiana that doesn’t have hot sauce on the table. If it came out of the kitchen very spicy, then they made it wrong. Zatarain’s frozen products in the grocery aren’t bad, even if they are a bit hot.

      C’mon down! You’ll pass a good time, I guarantee!

  4. Jack, you would have to choose for me as I have never eaten Cajun or Creole food (as long as there isn’t any shrimp or crawfish, I am sorry to say!)

  5. Thanks for sharing a rather long excerpt, Jack. I enjoyed getting to know the characters that populate your novel and their family background. Btw, do I read it correctly when anyone who leave a comment will get a free e-book of Bourbon Night Street?

    The only Cajun food that I ate is from Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen but the chain of restaurants are now closed down in my country, Malaysia. I missed the fried chicken and the biscuits with strawberry jam. Don’t know if you can consider the two dishes real Cajun food.

    • Sorry for the confusion. Two winners will be chosen at random.

      Popeye’s counts, It is the ONLY fried chicken to eat, if you can’t go to Dooky Chase’s or eat at your mama’s.

  6. Great excerpt jack !! Already invested in your characters !
    As for Cajun food, since I live it, I’ll just choose my favorite . Shrimp& sausage gumbo with extra okra!!
    Comfort food at its best at any time of the year!

    Best of luck with the new release !!

    • I like okra and tomatoes in my seafood gumbo, but file in my chicken, turkey, and duck gumbos. Next time you make gumbo, throw a little corn in. A whole different flavor note.

  7. Although I’ve never been to New Orleans, my husband makes a mean jambalaya. 😉 Yep, the closest I’ve ever been to New Orleans is New Orleans Square in Disneyland. Someday I’ll see the real thing! 🙂

    Loved this excerpt, Jack–wonderful job!! 🙂 I’m not usually one for modern day JAFF, but yours has definitely piqued my curiosity. Thanks for sharing it with us, and I wish you the best of luck with your launch!!

    Susanne 🙂

  8. “Darcy … was a tall, dark statue of masculine perfection.” You do know how to write THE MAN, Jack. Well done!

    I fixed jambalaya last Friday night. I filled it with jumbo shrimp, chicken thighs, sausage, and ham. Of course, it contained the Holy Trinity (onions, peppers, and celery). Yum! My favorite though has to be blackened fish. And, beignets! And etouffee!

    I need to go fix lunch!!!!!

  9. I remember this chapter and the aftermath…. Poor Marianne. (kicks the villain) I don’t think Abe Weinberg would watch Conan; Abe’s generation would more likely watch Jay Leno, or perhaps Letterman.

    Hey, Jack, did you include a pronunciation guide? You know, for names like Waguespack and Breaux, and all those other French names I have trouble with. Also photos or diagrams for things like the flood drainage pumps. My non-mechanical mind struggles with those things.

    As for Cajun/Creole food, gimme a beignet, baby!

    • There will be maps in the third book, for obvious reasons.

      It would take a whole book to explain how to pronounce many of the names and places. Waguespack is easy (WAG-gus-pak). As for Breaux, just remember “eaux” sounds like “O” or “ough”. Therefore, Breaux is “BRO”, Boudreaux is “BOO-drough”, and Thibodaux is “TIB-au-dough”.

      The difference between Louisiana and France is we tend to put the accent on the first syllable, rather than the last.

  10. So excited that this series is finally coming out!

    I can’t say that I’ve eaten Cajun or Creole food, but I love dirty rice. Does that count?

  11. Mmmm, Cajun food. Now I am not so sure I know what the difference is between Cajun and Creole. I have really enjoyed jambalaya. Do beignets also count?

    I really like the combination of the various Austen characters – it’s great to image in how they would have interacted in the same novel. Congratulations!

    • The books will lay out the differences betwen Cajun and Creole, but here’s a short cut.

      Cajun is the food of the country. One-pot hearty dishes. Jambalaya is Cajun.

      Creole is city food. Beignets are a Creole corruption of French doughnuts. Shrimp Creole is Creole. The one great one-pot Creole dish is Red Beans and Rice.

      Gumbo is both Creole and Cajun. Confusing, isn’t it?

  12. I loved the excerpt and your description of Darcy with the light behind him, Perfection. . I am eagerly looking forward to the release of this book. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough hours in a week for me o keep up with my reading and my 50 hour a work week. As for Cajun food, I would love to try Crawfish. Congratulations!

    • A great way to try crawfish outside of Louisiana is to buy frozen crawfish and fry it battered like shrimp. Just make sure it’s Louisiana crawfish, and not Chinese. Not only will you support American workers, the stuff tastes far better. Read the package carefully.

      It’s not cheap–expect to pay about $10 a pound (Chinese crawfish is about one-third that).

  13. One of my favorite things about your novels Mr. Caldwell, is the propensity to mix all of our beloveds up in a beautiful cocktail of drama. I was once engaged to a fellow from NOLA so I’ve got a bit of experience, but this series looks to be really good. Thanks!

  14. I love New Orleans and the Cajun spicy food, but unfortunately I don’t eat any meat or fish, so miss out on much, but enjoy anything with the spices… red beans and rice even! And although I usually don’t prefer modern stories, either, your writing is always a delight, and a visit to N.O. through your books will be most enjoyable!

  15. Red beans and rice. My girlfriend is from Baton Rouge (but her family lived in N.O. for her early childhood) and she makes it on an occasion. Congrats on the book!

    • Thanks, Kirk. Baton Rouge food has improved vastly in the last twenty years, particularly after Katrina. I remember back in the day when it was chain food hell. Nice that Red Stick Town got on the stick! GEAUX TIGERS!

  16. Jack,

    My cousin was a chef in New Orleans for more than a decade and he makes a cajun crawfish that would make you weep with joy. 😉 It is my favorite.

    And ‘Crescent City’ is one of my all-time favorites, as well. I have waited so long for you to publish this story and I am thrilled to finally get to read your trilogy. Congratulations on the release!


  17. I enjoyed the excerpt! I’ve had the pleasure of visiting New Orleans several times…my husband actually proposed in front of St. Louis Cathedral years ago.

    Anyhow, my favorite Cajun dish is red beans and rice!

  18. We stopped in New Orleans on the way home after my husband’s discharge from the Army at Ft. Hood. We traveled that way in order to visit relatives in FL and MS. While there we hit Al Hirt’s and The Court of the Two Sisters among others. I still remember a petite redhead singing Jeremiah was a Bullfrog on a Baby Grand at one sing along bar. Drank “Hurricane” drinks and bought the glasses the drink came in to bring home.

    I plan to buy this book…and read the others of yours I have not read, although I have finished 3 so far. I know I will enjoy all. Must keep a list of which characters are which as due to the name changes and the numbers I have a problem identifying who is who from canon.

    Love the excerpt.

  19. Have to add that we traveled along the coast in that summer of 1973 and there had been a hurricane within the past year and I remember all the devastation we viewed. Can’t remember the name of the hurricane but sure I could look it up on the Internet.

    • That was probably Hurricane Agnes, which hit Panama City, FL on June 19, 1972. It was one of the costliest storms in history, because after it entered the Atlantic near the NC/VA line on June 21, it re-energized and came ashore again on Long Island on June 22, and hung around until June 27.

  20. So glad it’s published. i had the chance to read your story a long time ago and was checking since for a chance to read it again.

    I don’t think I ever ate cajun cuisine as such though I had creole cuisine. But the salmon a la cajun sounds very tasty.

    • Salmon a la cajun? Maybe. We usually serve salmon with a Creole cream sauce, or on a cedar plank. I’m happy you followed CRESCENT CITY way back when, and hope you enjoy the trilogy now.

  21. Seafood gumbo, with some andouille sausage thrown in preferably, and a dash of Tabasco, over rice of course.
    In second place would be shrimp creole or the stuffed shrimps we used to get at a place on the lake; can’t remember the name of the place. Or beignets and a glass of milk at Cafe du Monde . . . Or maybe a slice of pecan pie at Camellia Grill. I lived some years in Metairie growing up and miss the food, obviously! Looking forward to reading your books, which sound very fun!

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