Author(s): Beatrice Peltre
What could be sweeter than a life with friendship and food at its center? For Beatrice Peltre, author of the award-winning blog LaTartineGourmande.com, to cook is to delight in the best of what life has to offer--the people and places we love. Welcome to a world where flavors are collected as souvenirs and shared as heirlooms, and where the dishes we create are expressions of our "joie de vivre."
With nearly 100 recipes and charming anecdotes, "La Tartine Gourmande" takes you on a journey, not only through the meals of the day but around the world, as Bea revisits her inspiration for each dish. Though her style is largely inspired by her native France, you'll find a wide array of influences as she brings creative twists to classic recipes--all while remaining effortlessly healthful and balanced. The gluten-free recipes use whole grains like quinoa, millet, buckwheat, and nut flours, lending surprising depth of flavor and nutrients, even to desserts. You'll taste the best of her adventures abroad from Denmark to New Zealand, her childhood in the French countryside, and the simple wholesomeness of her charmed life at home in Boston.
Your mouth will water as Bea recalls the "oeufs en cocotte" ("baked eggs") that she ate as a child after collecting fresh eggs from her grandmother's hen house. Her recipe for this classic dish now includes leeks, spinach, smoked salmon, and cumin. Or try the buttermilk, lemon, and poppyseed pancakes she made every morning in Crete when she was pregnant--they're now her little daughter Lulu's favorite. Warm up with a bowl of celeriac, white sweet potato, and apple soup, a dish inspired by a chilly day of horseback riding in New Zealand. You'll love sharing the saffron-flavored crab and watercress souffle, a delicious homage to one of her mother's best-loved Christmas traditions. And since most would agree that "a meal without dessert is like wearing only one shoe," try the apple, rhubarb, and strawberry nutty crumble, served with vanilla-flavored custard, just the way her husband's Irish grandfather preferred.
Lush styling and photography combined with sweet stories, foodie tidbits, and fresh and original recipes make "La Tartine Gourmande" perfect for those who love food and the way our lives play around it. This is not just a book about cooking, but a warm invitation to share in the beauty and simple pleasures of a life with food at the heart of it.
"Everything about this book is charming: the writing, the photographs, and the bright, fresh recipes for food you'll want to make every day. When Bea says this is food 'to inspire' she is telling the simple truth. If you're a fan of Bea's blog, you'll be thrilled to have her stories, pictures and food bound together; and if you're new to Bea's work, then you're in for a treat--delight awaits."--Dorie Greenspan, author of "Around My French Table"
"As bright as a sunny day in the French countryside, "La Tartine Gourmande" will inspire cooks with fresh, vibrant vegetables and colorful fruits and berries. From breakfast through dessert, this lushly photographed book by Beatrice Peltre will have cooks everywhere licking their lips . . . and their plates!"--David Lebovitz, author of "Ready for Dessert" and "The Sweet Life in Paris"
"A lovely, personal peek into Beatrice's French-kissed kitchen. A wonderland of tartines, tatins, and tales of culinary delight. Bea's book takes an inspired look at gluten-free baked goods and fresh, seasonally inspired day-to-day creations--Cherry Tomato Tartlets Tatin, Omelet Wraps with Nori and Crunchy Vegetables, Brown Butter Pistachio and Poppy Seed Financiers. Yes, please."--Heidi Swanson, author of "Super Natural Every Day"
"One look at Bea's gorgeous book transports you to a world of bright flavors and inspiring recipes, illustrated by vignettes from her charmed life."--Clotilde Dusoulier, author of ChocolateAndZucchini.com and "Clotilde's Edible Adventures in Paris "
"I'm thrilled to finally have a "La Tartine Gourmande" cookbook in my hands. Bea makes beautiful food that's healthy and inspiring. Her photographs will make you want to enter her kitchen and sit down at the table with her, having a good conversation and eating a great meal together."--Shauna James Ahern, author of "Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef"