Libraries have a complex system of organizing their books, based primarily on the main subject matter of each title, and cataloged accordingly. Every once in a while, a book will come along that is a little more difficult to categorize. One such a book is "Walnut Wine & Truffle Groves: Culinary Adventures in the Dordogne," by author and Burbank native Kimberley Lovato and Florida-based chef Laura Schmalhorst.
As a librarian, it would be difficult to consign this book to the cookbook section, as it has so much more to offer than just the recipes. It is a collection of biographies featuring regional chefs and winery owners and other culinary entrepreneurs of the Dordogne region of France. It is a travel guide, painting vivid pictures of the beautiful countryside and the subtle elegance of the local culture to be lapped up by many an armchair traveler. Lastly, it is a cookbook featuring tantalizing recipes for any gourmet.