Every time I visit New Orleans, I learn (or eat) something new. Not surprising, seeing as how that city has so much to offer for anyone who visits. The food, the culture, the people, the trees, the neighbourhoods - all of it. Snippets of New Orleans by Emma Fick gives the reader a chance to explore the city without leaving the comfort of your home. However, once you've finished reading the book, you'll want to pack a bag for a quick NOLA getaway!
Enhanced by her colourful and eccentric artwork, Fick delves deep into the city she loves and takes us on a tour that we will never forget. While reading the book, I found myself making a mental checklist of the places I'd visited vs. the places I hadn't visited and found that I still have so much to explore. From the food to the housing structures, New Orleans is unlike any city in the country. Fick does an excellent job of portraying that statement - she even has interviews with many locals and regulars as they discuss their bond with NOLA. Reading this book is like talking with my NOLA friends - every time I see them, I learn a little more and laugh a lot more (I call it Breaking My Ribs). Fick shows us through this book that despite the floods, fires, you name it, NOLA still stands with pride, ready to throw Mardi Gras beads and eat shrimp po boys (BTW, I go to the Gumbo Shop for my blackened chicken po boy with a lovely piece of bread pudding with whiskey sauce!)
If you love NOLA, buy this book. If you love books that talk about the history of a city, buy this book. If you just like a good read, buy this book. I recently reached out to Fick for possible collaboration with a tea blend inspired by her work. I hope she says yes!
Oh yeah - if you are in NOLA and want to purchase this book, go to Blue Cypress Books on Oak Street - that's where I purchased my copy, plus the place is a great way to kill several hours. The staff is friendly too!