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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