Cypress Cove Publishing

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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, or

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

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Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in south Louisiana in a little town called Opelousas, the third oldest town in the state, founded in 1720. This is in the heart of “Cajun Country.” I grew up listening to Cajun music, hearing Cajun French spoken by my parents and relatives, and eating Cajun food. The culture was ingrained in me from birth. So when the time came to produce “Down-Home Cajun Cooking Favorites,” I knew what the favorites were, so that project came together smoothly.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote a monster story in sixth grade and the teacher liked it so she gave me an “A.”
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Chocolate Peanut Clusters made in a Slow Cooker
Watch how I make Chocolate Peanut Clusters in my crockpot. So simple. This is a recipe from my new cookbook "Slow Cooker Meals: Easy Home Cooking for Busy People." Just dump in the ingredients. Watch and see!

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Rice Cooker Meals: Fast Home Cooking for Busy People
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,270. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2009 by Cypress Cove Publishing. Category: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Gourmet
Here's a fast, easy way to cook delicious, inexpensive, gourmet meals, most in just 30 minutes or less. Has 60 meals including jambalayas, seafood dishes, pastas, casseroles, soups, chili, potatoes, cabbage, sweet potatoes and much more! The Secret: one-pot cooking in a RICE COOKER with less mess to clean up! Amazing time-saving alternative to conventional cooking, right there on your counter.
Down-Home Cajun Cooking Favorites
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,030. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2009 by Cypress Cove Publishing. Category: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » General cookbooks
Down-Home Cajun Cooking Favorites, with links to 33 food photos, is a collection of 140 classic recipes from the best home cooks of south Louisiana's Cajun Country. These popular recipes were contributed by down-home folks who are tremendous cooks in their own right, who learned how to cook these dishes passed down for generations. These mouth-watering dishes are written in clear easy steps.
Slow Cooker Meals: Easy Home Cooking for Busy People
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,230. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2011 by Cypress Cove Publishing. Category: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » General cookbooks
Loaded with easy meals anyone can fix. Has Cajun meals such as jambalayas, pastalayas, sauce piquantes, étouffées, a large variety of soups, stews, gumbos. It has poultry and meat dishes such as roasts, ribs and Cajun Pepper Steak. It has classics like chili and meat loaf. Also includes 17 desserts such as cobblers, puddings, fudge, chocolate peanut clusters and chocolate cake. 127 recipes.

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