My January column in Living France: Périgord Truffle
THE BLACK DIAMOND OF FRENCH CUISINE
With its scenic splendour, mild climate, historic grandeur and endearing plus beaux villages (there are ten in total), it is no wonder that Périgord, or Dordogne, is one of France’s most attractive destinations for expats and the more than three million holidaymakers who visit annually. It also happens to be the country’s gourmet heartland, boasting a wealth of regional products used in a cuisine that is rustic, hearty and adheres to cherished traditions.
The region’s most famous culinary gem is the black winter truffle, revered by renowned writers and gastronomes such as Brillat-Savarin who called it “the diamond of the art of cookery” and Curnonsky who poetically described it as “the fragrant soul of the Périgord”.