Walnut Wine and Truffle Groves: Culinary Adventures in the Dordogne [NOOK Book]

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Pull up a chair and visit the Dordogne (called P?rigord by the locals) the way it should be visited: one bite at a time. Walnut Wine and Truffle Groves is a culinary travel book that navigates the back roads?as well as the menus and markets?of the southwestern region of France with newfound excitement. Through interviews with local home cooks and chefs, visits to local farms, historic sites and wineries, market tours, and serendipitous detours, Lovato provides a glimpse into this unspoiled wonderland. The ...
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Walnut Wine and Truffle Groves: Culinary Adventures in the Dordogne

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Overview



Pull up a chair and visit the Dordogne (called Périgord by the locals) the way it should be visited: one bite at a time. Walnut Wine and Truffle Groves is a culinary travel book that navigates the back roads—as well as the menus and markets—of the southwestern region of France with newfound excitement. Through interviews with local home cooks and chefs, visits to local farms, historic sites and wineries, market tours, and serendipitous detours, Lovato provides a glimpse into this unspoiled wonderland. The alluring recipes and stunning photographs let readers discover the true jewels in France’s culinary crown as well as discover the country’s most beautiful and less trod-upon provinces.

  Winner of the 2010 Gourmand World Cookbooks Award (USA) for Culinary Travel in the category of Lifestyle, Body and Soul and a Cordon d' Or - Gold Ribbon International Culinary Academy Award in 2011.
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Editorial Reviews

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“This book takes the idea of travelogue-cookbook and turns it into a thing of beauty.”

Bob Batz, Jr., Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“I now yearn to go to and eat my way through a region I’ve never stopped in, thanks to a pretty and approachable new book that’s part travelogue, part cookbook, and all delicious.”

The Chicago Tribune, May 30, 2010
“This handsome book tries to introduce readers to one of France's best culinary destinations, a bucolic province about 100 miles east of Bordeaux. Author Kimberley Lovato describes Dordogne as "undiscovered territory," a place where one can easily — and joyfully — get lost. Lovato visits local farms, markets and wineries, offering a culinary portrait of a region and its people. What's more, she includes many wonderful recipes, such as roasted eggplant and the aperitif vin de noix (walnut wine), a sweet dark wine made from green walnuts. Gorgeous color photographs too.”

The Feast, May 2010
“This cookbook brings home the flavor of your travel memories, and for those who haven’t visited, the recipes provide a total immersion into the art of Périgord cooking… Like the food you will experience, take time for this adventure. Go slow. Enjoy. Savor. The Dordogne is a must-see travel destination if you believe in fairytales, or if you need evidence of their sure existence.”

EFVblog.com, May 24, 2010
“A ‘culinary adventure’ for foodies and Francophiles.”

San Francisco Review, 9/14/10
The exquisite experiential writing of author Kimberley Lovato is perfectly complemented with the stunning photographs of Lou Lesko which eventually will draw readers to plan a visit to the charming town of Dordogne, France. The pages therein are a delectable assortment of personal stories from the various characters that have fallen in love with the region and recipes of Chef Laura Schmalhorst which celebrate traditions and local gourmet jewels like the highly coveted truffle, foie gras, and walnut wine. While Schmalhorst’s recipes which commemorate Périgord cuisine were a little harder for me to prepare were beyond doubt the most enjoyable and rewarding. Experience the region that has touched the author deeply. The admirable outcome of her emotions for the local people, artisans, and their crafts is a brilliant almost fairy-tale like narration that will keep you wanting more.”

France On Your Own, November 2010
“I must begin by saying that this captivating book kept me smiling from beginning to end.  Written with warmth, love and a keen sense of the humor… a must-own book for every Francophile and would-be French chef.”

Society of American Travel Writers
Walnut Wine & Truffle Groves has everything one could want in a travel book: a deep appreciation of the culture of the Dordogne region of France, insight into how the people live and think, fascinating information about history and geography, practical tips for visiting there and outstanding photographs by Lou Lesko. And then there’s the bonus: Chef Laura Schmalhorst’s recipes for re-creating the exquisite dishes Lovato sampled on her culinary adventures. The reader does not have to be a chef or even try the recipes to enjoy this book. Lovato uses food as the unifying theme for her exploration because food is so important to the culture—food, and a lifestyle that suspends time in order to fully appreciate the bounties of nature, the culinary arts and the human society that gathers at the table.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762440368
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/23/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 248
  • File size: 18 MB
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Meet the Author


Kimberley Lovato is a travel writer and freelance journalist. Her articles have appeared in various online and print media in the US and abroad, and she is a regular contributor to Tampa Bay Illustrated and Together Magazine, a lifestyle publication based in Brussels. She splits her time between her home in France and the United States.

Chef Laura Schmalhorst ran a gourmet shop, catering business, and custom events venue in Florida for 25 years. In 2003, she founded Vagabond Gourmet, a luxury culinary tour company and now leads adventurous foodies around the world. She lives in Tampa, Florida.

Lou Lesko is a photographer and commercial director based in CA. He is the owner of Blinkdbid, an estimating software for creative professionals, and is the author of Advertising Photography.

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  • Posted October 6, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    what dreams are made of...

    This book is an absolute treasure!...so full of great personal stories, beautiful photo's, and oh so yummy recipe's!
    I placed it on my coffee table, and it is by far the most picked up book ever.
    My Mother's birthday is just around the corner, and I can't wait to get this one for her.
    sincerely, Delinda Brooks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2010

    Absolutely Fabulous Book for anyone loving France

    I was fortunate enough to have received this book as a gift. WOW! What a fascinating journey the reader is taken on. The recipes are delicious, the people described are warm and caring. Overall the book pulls you into the Dordogne region of France for a culinary and travel expedition that is simply mouthwatering

    For anyone who loves to travel and specifically loves France and great food, this is indeed the book for you and your travel companions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2010

    A glorious trip to the Dordogne without the airfare - Tasty tidbits!

    Wish I could make the trip myself. This book not only provides the flavors but the kind of local behind the scenes peek that makes it seem as though you were there. You can taste (by trying the recipes) and imagine just how the location enhances the joy of sitting at a French table!

    Great gift for anyone who loves France... or food! Fun addition to any cookbook collection.

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  • Posted March 21, 2010

    Fabulous book!

    I'm not sure which part of this book is more sumptuous, the recipes, the photography or the humorous in-depth writing about this "under the radar" region of France. It is such a relaxing, enjoyable read and has inspired me to slow down, travel more, eat well, drink well and leisurely enjoy the beautiful things that life has to offer. The sweet life is a state of mind and this book will take you there!

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