Nathalie Dupree, Chef/Author

Anyone who knows Nathalie Dupree will agree that this petite woman is actually larger than life. She’s a woman of the world whose zest for life is a surprise for those who first meet her, much like the taste of fresh lemon zest in one of her recipes.  She is vibrant, scintillating, and unforgettable.


Nathalie is the grande dame not only of southern cooking but of the Charleston author scene as well.  This South Carolina native is an award-winning chef, instructor, television star, food writer, and bestselling author of 15 cookbooks, a few of which have earned her the prestigious James Beard Award. I can’t count how many times she has hosted author events in her downtown Charleston home. Her parties are a literary institution in the Holy City.


Wild Dunes Resort
Dining with friends at Wild Dunes Resort

Many moons ago when I was a new author in the city, Nathalie hosted a luncheon for me, introducing me to other women authors in the Lowcountry. We’ve been friends ever since.  Our relationship cemented, however, when she went on a trip to France with her husband, professor and author Jack Bass, while he taught a “year abroad” program.  My college-age son at the time, Zachary, was in the class and Nathalie was mother hen to my child and all the students that year.  She made sure they were well fed, and she even let me know when Zack needed a warmer coat!


Since then I’ve counted Nathalie and Jack among my closest friends. Both of us work very hard, travel a lot, and have little free time, but whenever I reunite with Nathalie, my heart soars at the sight of her wide grin. One of my cherished memories with Nathalie was a luncheon she served for a small group of women at her home.  The meal, as expected, was amazing.  But what I remember most was the dessert.  She carried out what looked like a giant snowball!  We were agog.  Then she cut into it and inside was a dark chocolate cake that melted in my mouth.  I not only loved the taste but I adored the presentation.  I begged her for the recipe and now I serve it to my family every Christmas. They demand it!


Nathalie kindly granted me permission to share the Chocolate Snowball recipe in my holiday novel, A Lowcountry Christmas, along with several other holiday recipes from her newest cookbook Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking, which she co-wrote with Cynthia Graubart. These recipes are Nathalie’s gift to me, and now it is my gift to you this holiday season.

Available anywhere books are sold
A perfect southern pair!

If you make one of the recipes in the back of my holiday novel, post a photo of your culinary accomplishment. I’d love to see it and hear what you think about the recipes too.

And to celebrate the holiday spirit of giving, we’re giving away a great prize to one lucky winner– a copy of A Lowcountry Christmas and a copy of Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking, plus holiday cookie cutters. Just go to my Facebook page here  and post a comment to enter the contest.


Comments (2)

i just finished reading the butterfly’s daughter-it is the most beautiful book i have ever read
it is 1am friday morning 04/28/17 and i have to be at work at 7am but i had to finish it
i have 4 daughters-they are so precious to me and i have learned so much through raising them that they
have raised me.i have gotten them each a birthstone pendant for mothers day and want to give each one
a copy of this beautiful book.i have some health issues and almost died nov 2015 and i wanted to give each
one of daughters something personal from me.i love to read and love your books-any books-about south
carolina’s low country even though i live in georgia.thank you for sharing your wonderful gift with the readers
of this world and this book would make a wonderful,heartfelt movie. i hope if i can retire next year to try to
write-i have this creativeness that i need to express/you are an inspiration to me

Mary Alice Monroe

I’m honored that my novel resonated deeply with you and that you want to share it with your daughters. Happy Mothers Day to you and your girls. I think they’ll cherish the gifts you have planned for them.

Also, you don’t have to wait until you retire to start writing your story. There’s no time better than now.

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