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Betsy Fentress is the co-author of Almonds: Recipes, History, Culture (Gibbs Smith) and The Bryant Family Vineyard Cookbook (Andrews McMeel). A professional writer and editor, Betsy earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and spent time in the graduate English program at Louisiana State University. 

Betsy has been a mentor for the Hatchery Program at the Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Washington University, and serves as a council member of the Archdiocese of St. Louis Annual Catholic Appeal. She also spends an afternoon each week at an after-school tutoring program in University City, Missouri, where she lives with Sam, her husband, a photographer. Together they dabble in art collecting. Betsy and Sam's six children are grown and live hither and yon. 

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