[ "Ned Sublette is a literary Spirit Master, and The Year Before the Flood is his most personal and astounding work, full of mad knowledge and unorthodox insights about race, crime, history, politics, music and all the other ingredients that flavor the righteous roux that is New Orleans.
-- T.J. English, author of
Havana Nocturne and Paddy Whacked" ]
Note! T.J. is so very informed and classy that he doesn't use that stupid metaphor EVERYBODY uses as soon as New Orleans is mentioned -- gumbo. He goes for the base, which is the roux, without which you don't have gumbo at all, which is why hardly any non-New Orleawnian attempt to create gumbo is a failure, not like the real thing at all. He knows that gumbo is meant to be eaten in a home, not a restaurant. Ha!
Which is why I don't make gumbo. The roux takes hours and hours and hours of constant personal attention.