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Walnut Wine and Truffle Groves: Culinary Adventures in the Dordogne Hardcover – March 23, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (March 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762437995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762437993
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 8.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.”

About 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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What a beautiful book.
Terry West Cobb
For anyone who loves France, travel, fine food, and adventure, I recommend it!
Laura Comiskey
I can't wait to start preparing these tempting culinary delights.
Salle Johnson

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Terry West Cobb on March 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
What a beautiful book. I love to travel around Europe and particularly France, but have never been to the Dordogne. This book makes me want to hop on the next plane! Great stories about the local characters, beautiful pictures of the sights and food, plus fabulous looking recipes that inspire you to try to recreate the magic of French cooking in your own kitchen. More than a cookbook, but more than a coffee-table travel book too; this is a book you will reach for again and again. Highly recommend for anyone who loves good food and travel!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wilna on June 25, 2010
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The book is beautiful. Kimberley, with her intense love for -- and in-depth knowledge of the region and its heritage and people, her bubbling spontaneity and enthusiasm for the food and the cuisine and the products of this area, her winning smile and warm personality, has managed to not only win over the hearts of the locals, but also capture in the pages of this book the colour, the sounds, the smells and the flavours of the Dordogne. Being a lover of this unique region myself, I am always on the lookout for new publications about the Dordogne -- and, the Dordogne being the Dordogne, there is a plethora of books about this region.

But -- I can say without hesitation or reservation that this book is the one to
finally capture the essence of the Dordogne.

Kimberley's easy writing style and keen talent for observation managed to convey to the reader what this region is about. She spent years coming back to this region again and again, to make absolutely sure that she could give her readers not only a fleeting glimpse of the tourist passing through, but rather an in-depth and well-researched body of work. She describes the places she visits, recounts the anecdotes of the interesting people that she interviews, makes us feel under our own feet the little cobble streets she wanders through, lets us sip the wine that she drinks, invites us to taste the food that she savours and smell the aroma coming from the kitchens she works in -- and she does all this so well, that holding the book in your hands is like being transported to this beautiful corner of La Belle France.

Does this sound like I am gushing? Then it must be because I AM gushing! I am so excited about this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A combination travelogue, culinary adventure, and cookbook, Walnut Wine & Truffle Groves: Culinary Adventures in the Dordogne is the next best thing to experiencing the sights, smells, and flavors of the Dordogne region of France firsthand. Sumptuous full-color photography illustrates the reminiscences of meeting the people who call the land home, and create delicacies that bring joy to the most cultured palate. Armchair travelers and foodies who anticipate (or want to revel in the memory of) experiencing fine French cuisine are sure to enjoy this wondrous treasury, rounded out with delicious recipes such as "Seared Foie Gras with Fresh Raspberries and Cognac", "Virginie's Walnut Gateau with Mocha Glaze", "Perigourdine Garlic Soup" and more. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Salle Johnson on March 12, 2010
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I just received this book and it has to be the find of the year. It tells wonderful facts of the Dordogne region of France and gives recipes that make you drool while reading.

The writing is fabulous and takes you far away from home to this wonderful region. It leaves the reader wanting to either hop a plane and arrive in France anxious to experience the sights, smells and tastes of the Dordogne, or immediately throw on an apron and start cooking, tasting and entertaining.

The pictures are breathtaking, the recipes sound divine and the writing is mouthwatering good. I can't wait to start preparing these tempting culinary delights.

Salle Johnson
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melinda A. Field on April 23, 2010
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This book is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. The photography is stunning and reveals the everyday beauty of day-to-day life in France's Dordogne region, and also presents the area's cuisine in its finest light. (That's not too difficult - all the book's recipes are both gorgeously presented and are delicious as well!) The text is sharp and witty and shows that author Kimberley Lovato has a keen eye for what makes a place special. If you have a foodie, armchair traveler, or jet-setting adventurer in your life, this would make an inspired gift...but you'll want a copy for yourself as well!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LynnC on April 23, 2010
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A relative recommended this fabulous book and what a treat it is! The author takes us to the farms, wineries and out of the way places introducing the reader to the sites, smells and beauty of southwestern France. The recipes are incredible and the pictures, awesome. Put this on your gift list for anyone who has ever been to France or might like to go.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laura Comiskey on March 11, 2010
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I just got this book and it is absolutely beautiful. The pictures and words tell a beautiful story of the Dordogne region of France, and the recipes make it even sweeter. For anyone who loves France, travel, fine food, and adventure, I recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Morales on August 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Walnut wine and truffle groves is a compelling book about southwest France. As a native of that area and as a chef, I highly recommend it. A book well done!
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