The Indelible Danièle Mazet-Delpeuch

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The great pleasure of researching and writing my book, Walnut Wine & Truffle Groves, was meeting the passionate residents of the Dordogne region. Danièle Mazet Delpeuch was one of those fascinating people. She is a local resident with an incredible culinary pedigree that earned her many accolades and awards as well as a tap on the shoulder from former French president Francois Mitterrand to join him in Paris as his personal chef. I met Danièle via one of those friend-of-a-friend-knows-someone connections that are always useful when traveling. When I called Danièle out of the blue one summer morning, she invited me to stop by her house. I hadn't planned on staying long, but for eight hours I sat and talked and watched while she prepared a meal over an open fire in her ancient farmhouse. I learned a lot that day. I'll let you read the rest of her story in my book, which happens to include her recipe for Foie Gras Spring Rolls too. I'm so happy to see that a film is being made about her tenure at L'Elysée Palace and her incredible life.  "I suppose I'll always be remembered as the chef of the ex president of France," she said to me.  But I will always be remember her as so much more. 

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Kimberley Lovato

Kimberley Lovato has written about travel, lifestyle and food for national and international publications and websites including National Geographic Traveler, Executive Travel, American Way, AFAR, Condé Nast Traveller (UK), Ryan Air, b.there, Easy Jet Traveller, and, among others. She is the author of a Michelin Guidebook on Brussels, where she lived for six years Her culinary travel book, Walnut Wine & Truffle Groves, about the Dordogne region of France, won the "Best Travel Book" nod in 2012 from the Society of American Travel Writers, as did her personal essay, "Lost and Liberated," which also appeared in Best Women's Travel Writing, Volume 8. When she's not plotting her next trip or her annual pilgrimage to France, she resides in San Francisco where she is a correspondent for BBC's Passport Blog, a student in Stanford University's Creative Writing Certificate program, and a brave mother of a teenaged girl.