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Gumbo Life: Tales from the Roux Bayou

By Ken Wells

$26.95 Signed Copies Available at Books Along the Teche

If you think you know everything about gumbo, more than likely you will still be enlightened and entertained by Ken Wells’ newest book, Gumbo Life. This savory favorite dish is as universal as any product can be. Mr. Wells and these culinary tales and memoirs walk you through the history of gumbo with the diverse cultures that have been cooked in the last three centuries.

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Victim & Villain

By The Rayo Brothers

$9.90 on iTunes

Also available on Apple Music, Spotify and Google Play

The release of The Rayo Brothers’ third album is surrounded by a litany of firsts for the band. It is their first album released with the label Nouveau Electric Records. “Goodbye Jane” is the band’s first song to feature horns. This is also the first album in which Jesse Reaux, brother to lead vocalist Daniel, wrote the majority of the songs on the album. Victim & Villain is a quintessential storytellers record, with themes both melancholic and joyous. It’s a true showcase of the band’s diverse talent and unique styling.

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Created by Thomas Trahan and Gerald Huffman

Free on iPhone and Android

Thomas Trahan and Gerald Huffman came up with the idea for PLATE when they were cash strapped undergrads at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. PLATE was created for the budget conscience (aka college students). It allows users to see what restaurants and bars are offering the best and most affordable specials. Trahan and Huffman got the idea for PLATE off of the ground at Lafayette’s business incubator, The Opportunity Machine.

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What Have I Got Myself Into

By Blayne Mayard

$9.99 on iTunes

If classic country is your style, “What Have I Got Myself Into” is for you. This is Blayne Mayard’s third studio album. He says he pulled his inspiration from various genres, like swamp pop, country and blues. The album consists of 12 songs, eight originals and four covers. While it’s available online and through streaming services, you can also find it at Lafayette Music and Barnes & Noble in Lafayette.


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