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Neal Bertrand was born and reared in Opelousas, Louisiana, in the heart of Cajun Country.
He has had experience as a farmer, gardener, cattle rancher, carpet cleaner, flooring installer, vertical blind technician, Postal worker, mail clerk for city government, owner of a printing business, a former husband, father and Mr. Mom to three beautiful children, now grown.
He has over a decade of experience as an employee of a publishing company, helping his employer publish 40 magazine issues and 16 books, several of them being cookbooks.
He is the founder and owner of Cypress Cove Publishing in Lafayette, Louisiana. His publications are Rice Cooker Meals: Fast Home Cooking for Busy People, Down-Home Cajun Cooking Favorites and the bi-lingual (English & French) Cajun Country Fun Coloring and Activity Book, which he published for a local artist.
He has also published a collection of authentic Cajun art prints – beautiful South Louisiana landscapes, all painted by his father, Curtis. All of his books, art prints, rice cookers and other products can be seen and ordered from his websites, www.CypressCovePublishing.com or www.RiceCookerMeals.com.
Neal has a large collection of old photos which he put in an online photo album for the world to see, including World War II photos his father took while overseas. The photo albums can be seen at http://www.picasaweb.google.com/cookbookdude/