WIN – 1 of 3 copies of ‘White Truffles in Winter’


COMPETITION – Scroll down for details on how to enter

They say sex sells. Well, so does food.

Tantalisingly seductive delicacies such as truffles, foie gras and caviar are tossed in along with adultery and romance. Just as Escoffier charms his lovers with his culinary talent and Champagne – preferably Moët – Kelby charms readers with a sensory treat.


The story is crafted around the bones of the life of French culinary legend, Auguste Escoffier.

The current day is 1935 and the world is on the brink of war once more. Escoffier, aged 89, has returned to his family’s home in the Côte d’Azur and is writing his memoirs.

His wife, the famous poet Delphine Daffis Escoffier, has one dying wish: for her husband to create one dish in her honour, as he did for so many others in his lifetime.

For romantics and foodies alike, ‘White Truffles in Winter’ is a literary feast for your holiday reading pleasure. You’ll be whisked away by N.M. Kelby’s passionate tale of France’s greatest chef, a man who is so much more than a talented cook.


Words by Emily Arbuckle. Read the full review here.

How to win…

MaVieFrançaise® magazine are giving 3 lucky members the chance to win a copy of N.M. Kelby’s ‘White Truffles in Winter’.

WIN – 1 of 3 copies of 'White Truffles in Winter' - My French Life - Ma Vie Francaise - win, all you have to do is:

1. JOIN the Ma Vie Française® community for free and

2. In a COMMENT below this article, tell us:

If you could have one famous chef cook you a meal…

    • WHO would you choose?
    • And WHAT would they cook?

We will then select the best answer as our winner at 11.59pm AEST, Sunday 3 February 2013.

Bonne chance!

Image Credits:
1 & 4. Hannah Duke
2. Auguste Escoffier, on Wikipedia
3. White truffle san miniato, by Tuscanycious on Flickr

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  1. Cyndie Bowen Jan 30, 2013 at 7:21 PM - Reply

    Anne-Sophie Pic: she is a French chef best known for gaining three Michelin stars for her restaurant, Maison Pic, in southeast France. She was named the Best Female Chef by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2011.

  2. Janine Marsh Jan 31, 2013 at 12:43 AM - Reply

    Philippe Aubron, chef at At Trotthus in Riquewihr, Alsace. Famous in Japan for his Iron Chef appearances and now delighting guests in Alsace with his cooking and his art – he’s a fabulous painter. Absolutely amazing chef in the most gorgeous restaurant and I dream of eating his home made apple tart with cinammon ice cream again.

  3. swangdb Jan 31, 2013 at 7:27 AM - Reply

    Gerard Crozier – Shrimp bisque, Chicken with cream sauce, Asparagus with homemade mayonnaise, Creme Caramel. Sadly, he passed a few years ago.

  4. sweetmarah Feb 1, 2013 at 5:09 AM - Reply

    Though not French, at this stage in my life I would love to have dinner with Serena Bass. She is an amazing entrepreneur who used her gift with food to reinvent herself and her life. I picture us chatting over her delectable tea sandwiches, picking at a nice olive selection, and glorying in the cookies that started it all…

  5. Elizabeth George Feb 3, 2013 at 3:27 PM - Reply

    If she could come back to life I would love to have Julia Child cook me a meal of her Scallops gratinéed with wine, garlic, and herbs, Leek & potato soup, Sole Meuniere and lastly Lemon tart decorated with glazed lemon slices and lemon peel. Delicious !!

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