Madeleine Vedel

The Curious Writer and Guide to Food, Wine, Cheese, & Travel in Provence

Madeleine Vedel is a writer, photographer and teacher. Over a peripatetic life she has become an accomplished goat cheese maker, a culinary tour guide in Provence, a translator and writer of articles and stories. Trained in France, she brings her culinary, wine and cheese know-how across the Atlantic to Northern Michigan. During the winter, she organizes culinary tours out of her home in Avignon, France.

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I am a writer, a cook, a lover of good wine, a pastry chef, a cheese maker & for many wonderful years a culinary & wine tour guide.  With a life split between two continents and as many worlds, for 20 years I offered cooking classes and culinary & wine tours alongside my children's father out of my homes in Arles and Avignon. Raising my sons in Provence I chose a profession that allowed me to meet artisans of every sort, stumbling upon jewels, magical places, marvelous friends, and the simple joys of sharing meals and conversation.

I took a hiatus in 2012 to start a goat farm in Upper Michigan and give my French sons a touch of American life. Now, I am returning to my passions: writing and exploring the bounty of foods and artisans in my two homes of Provence and Leelanau County, MI. I encourage you to consider my exclusive, small group and private Provence tours, including a fall Hiking & Feasting, a special Chocolate-lovers’ tour, and my Winter Truffle Tour.

Should the interest strike you, my blog, An American in Avignon, is filled with stories of my adventures and Provence life. You might also check out my articles in Edible Grande Traverse on Northern Michigan wineries, breweries, chefs, cooking with honey, and most recently, food insecurity.  You might also enjoy cookbooks I've translated from French to English:  Recipes from Provence and Recipes from the Aveyron.

With my life as a full time cheese maker and goat-owner behind me, (though still occasionally consulting and advising) writing projects before, and the looming graduation of my second child from high school just a couple of years off, a return to full time life in Provence beckons. But first, the groundwork must be laid, stories written and tours organized.