Author: Ashley McLellan

Literary Louisiana: Inspiring Tales

Fiction Ramadan Ramsey: A Novel by Louis Edwards Ramadan Ramsey is born in New Orleans, the product of a magical love affair between his mother, a native New Orleanian, and his father, a Syrian immigrant. Ramsey has never known his…

Literary Louisiana: Summer Study

Dive In Cocktail Dive Bar: Real Drinks, Fake History & Questionable Advice from New Orleans’ Twelve Mile Limit by T. Cole Newton T. Cole Newton, owner of the classic New Orleans watering hole Twelve Mile Limit, presents this more-than-just-another-cocktail book.…

Literary Louisiana: Fresh Crop

History Lesson A Sitting in St. James by Rita Williams-Garcia New York Times best-selling author and National Book Award finalist Rita Williams-Garcia’s latest book, “A Sitting in St. James,” challenges teen and adult readers alike to consider the multiple lives…

Literary Louisiana: Spring into Reading

Southern Science Backyard Science & Discovery Workbook: South by Erika Zambello After the long months of quarantine, plus the cold winter weather, spring is finally here and kids of all ages will be excited to return to some outdoor fun.…

Celebrate the Culture

Snapshots in Time New Orleans Portrayed  Photographs by David G. Spielman What makes a good photograph? Is it the right lighting? A perfect composition, person or place? Or is it capturing both in an instant? New Orleans photographer DAvid G.…

The Gift of Reading

For the historian and art Aficionado: New Orleans in Golden Age Postcards by Matthew Griffis Travel to New Orleans’ storied past through photos and artwork of vintage turn-of-the-20th-century postcards. In “New Orleans in Golden Age Postcards,” author Matthew Griffis has…

Local Legends

Mysterious Fantasy The Big Door Prize by M.O. Walsh A mysterious machine that promises to predict your life’s ambitions may seem too good to be true. And perhaps it is. But in the small Louisiana town of Deerfield, residents are…

Literary Louisiana: Summer Reading List

JACKPOT DREAMS Louisiana Lucky: A Novel by Julie Pennell In “Louisiana Lucky: A Novel,” author Julie Pennell brings us the story of three sisters growing up with modest means in a small town. They fantasize about what it would be…

Literary Louisiana: Off the Shelf

MAGICAL TALE The Lost Book of Adana Moreau by Michael Zapata This book is a hard-to-describe tale of twists, turns and mysterious manuscripts. It starts in 1929 New Orleans, where a young woman writes a popular science fiction tale, falls…

Literary Louisiana: Louisiana Spirit

FOOD Mosquito Supper Club: Cajun Recipes from a Disappearing Bayou by Melissa Martin Chef Melissa Martin is passionate about two things: food and helping to preserve and protect the fragile wetlands and fisheries of her native Louisiana, as well as…

Great Louisiana Chef: Playing With His Food

While Spoonbill Watering Hole & Restaurant partner and chef Jeremy Conner isn’t originally from Louisiana, his deep southern roots (he was born in Opelika, Alabama) and passion for flavors are right at home in Lafayette. It is those qualities and…

Literary Louisiana: Deck the Bookshelf

FOR THE FAN OF ARCHITECTURE AND PHOTOGRAPHY New Orleans: An Intimate Journey Through a City with Soul by Geoffrey H. Baker, photography by Timothy Dunford Take a photographic tour of New Orleans and explore its storied past with this architectural…

Literary Louisiana: Essential fall cookbooks

South: Essential Recipes and New Explorations Sean Brock James Beard award-winning chef Sean Brock is back with his second cookbook (his first, “Heritage,” won a James Beard Award for Best American Cookbook in 2015.) In “South: Essential Recipes and New…

Great Louisiana Chef: Flavorful Fusion

Cajun Asian in Bossier City is the kind of place where magic culinary mash-ups happen. Think Cajun meets Vietnamese meets American and a hint of classic French cuisine. Under the leadership of Chef Ryan Dunning, along with the management of…

Literary Louisiana: Beach Books

Southern Lady Code: Essays by Helen Ellis While writer Helen Ellis hails from Alabama, her newest book, “Southern Lady Code,” and its humorous tales, advice and nonsense, will ring true with Louisiana ladies from the tip of the boot to…

Catfish is King at Spahr’s

The ruler of the universe is located on Highway 90 about 30 miles southwest of New Orleans. Spahr’s Seafood Restaurant and Lounge, “where catfish is king,” is the seat of aquatic culinary power in Des Allemands, a town declared to…