What could be sweeter than a life with friendship and food at its center? For Béatrice 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 Béa 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 Béa 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 soufflé, 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.
To prepare the soup: In a heavy pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the olive oil, then add the shallot, fennel seeds, and leek and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring, without browning, until the aromas start to come out. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more min- ute. Add the fennel and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, until the fennel softens. Pour in the chicken stock, season with sea salt and the Sichuan pepper, and simmer until the vegetables are fork-tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Add the peas and cook for 5 more minutes, until they are bright green but no longer raw.
Remove from the heat and transfer the soup to the bowl of a food processor. Purée the soup and pass it through a fine sieve, 76
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼pressing on the pea skins to remove as much purée as possible. The broth will be thin. Adjust the seasoning with sea salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, prepare the wasabi cream: Beat the cream with the wasabi and sea salt. When the cream forms soft peaks, add the chervil and continue to beat for 10 more seconds.
To prepare the shrimp: Heat the safflower oil in a frying pan over high heat. Add the garlic, cumin, and shrimp, and cook quickly, stirring, for 1 minute on each side. Season with sea salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and let cool. When they are cool enough handle, dice 8 of the shrimp, discarding the tails, and keep the other 4 shrimp whole; set aside.
To serve, reheat the pea soup over medium heat. Take 4 shallow bowls and place a 4-inch ring mold in the middle. Divide the chopped shrimp into the 4 molds and top each with one of the whole shrimp. Ladle the pea broth around the shrimp, remove the molds, and serve the soup with a dollop of wasabi-flavored cream.