May 18, 2012

La Tartine Gourmande {Book Giveaway}

As a home cook, I love paging through cookbooks and blogs looking for inspiration to change-up the usual menu in my kitchen.  Most recently I came across La Tartine Gourmande, both the blog and the subsequent cookbook of the same name, and both by Beatrice Peltre.
What a fabulous book, both in its photography and content.  La Tartine Gourmande, Recipes for an Inspired Life, is a beautiful read, filled with foods for all times of day, snacks and desserts included.  Oh yes, desserts!  Like the Spiced Panna Cotta below, the recipe of which can be found here.

The book has inclinations toward French food, due to the author's French heritage, however the recipes are simple and accessible (really, isn't most French cuisine like that anyway?  Fresh ingredients, simple and traditional techniques, etc.).
Beatrice Peltre writes in a friendly, upbeat manner and her charming stories and vignettes pepper each chapter, reflecting on her upbringing in France and her experiences in the US and abroad.

I like that her recipes use fresh ingredients and are also encouraging of gluten-free diets.  Peltre herself has a gluten intolerance, so many of her recipes use flours other than wheat-based ones.  Yet the recipes don't seem fussy or weird; I doubt I'd miss wheat much if cooking my way through this book.

While I've yet to really knead my way through the recipes, I did have a chance to make her Nutty Maple and Vanilla Granola.
Super-delicious, really easy, and great for her yogurt and fruit parfaits.
I'm certain it's will be my go-to granola recipe from now on.  The pumpkin seeds are a wonderful addition.
La Tartine Gourmande is a great companion to my kitchen, and I look forward to trying more of Bea's recipes throughout the year.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of La Tartine Gourmande for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

18 comments:

  1. would like to make Cherry Tomato tartlets tatin!

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  2. The camping with kids book and "The Green Hour" from Roost books looked right up my alley! Outdoor time was a big part of my childhood growing up on a farm and even my city slicker husband spent most of his time outdoors as a kid.

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  3. Buttermilk, lemon, and poppy seed quinoa pancakes!

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  4. Carrot and Red Lentil Soup sounds good
    Serena Powell

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  5. The Essential Herbal for Natural Health looks really interesting and I think Roo would love Creative Paper Cutting.

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  6. I want to make the "oeufs en cocotte". vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. I'm very drawn to the At Home with Handmade Books because I've always wanted to learn how to bind my own books and journals :)

    Thank you for this great giveaway!

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  8. Sweet potato and carrot pancakes sound yummy!

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  9. i also want to make the Sweet potato and carrot pancakes

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  10. I'd like to try making the Chocolate Crepes.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

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  11. Meyer lemon tart sounds so good.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  12. I've been following the La Tartine Gourmande blog for years and the homemade yogurt sounds AMAZING!

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  13. I just LOVE cookbooks-the chocolate crepes look amazing!!!

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  14. would like to try the recipe for oeufs en cocotte (eggs)
    gail.shimokawa(at)unco.edu

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  15. I would love to try the sweet potato and apple soup recipe.

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  16. I would like to try the Spiced Panna Cotta with Raspberries.
    elena.cacahuete(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. I think i'd also love the Essential Herbal for natural health book.

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