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February 27, 2007

World-renowned pastry chef talks about view of the White House from the kitchen in latest book

Chef Roland Mesnier returns to WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers® to sign copies of his most recent book, “All the Presidents’ Pastries: Twenty-five Years in the White House, A Memoir,” 3-5 p.m. Saturday, March 31. The world-renowned pastry chef came to Colonial Williamsburg’s Visitor Center last year to sign his book, “Dessert University.” WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers® is located at 101B Visitor Center Dr., Williamsburg, Va.

In his new book, Mesnier provides behind-the-scenes insight into the characters, tastes and obsessions of the five Presidents and First Ladies he served during his 25 years in Washington. Having witnessed major world events from the hub of the world's superpower, Mesnier has unique perspective on both crises and celebrations. He recounts stories such as Carter's incessant battle for the return of American hostages in Tehran, the aftermath of the attempt to assassinate Reagan, the senior Bush’s doubts after the war in Kuwait and the shock of September 11.

Fiercely loyal to each of the first families, Mesnier's bipartisan message is positive and inspirational. Twelve easy-to-follow recipes include the favorite desserts of Presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

The hardcover edition of “All the Presidents’ Pastries” may be purchased for $25.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

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