The hunt for red crawfish is the thing, the raison d’etre, of Acadian spring. Introduced to Louisiana by the swamp dwellers of the Atchafalaya Basin, the crawfish is a regional favorite that has spurred a $210 million industry. Whole families work at the same fisheries, and annual crawfish festivals dominate the social calendar. More importantly, no matter the occasion, folks take their boils seriously: they’ll endure line cutters, heat and humidity, mosquitoes and high gas prices to produce crawfish for their families’ annual backyard boils or their corporate picnics. Join author Sam Irwin as he tells the story – complete with recipes and tall tales – of Louisiana’s favorite crustacean: the crawfish.