• October 2015

Food Becomes Art in the Hands of Béatrice Peltre

Béatrice Peltre was born and raised in the countryside in northeastern France. Now based in Boston, the freelance food writer, stylist, and photographer is also the author of the award-winning blog La Tartine Gourmande.

Check out her photos, thoughts, and recipe for Quinoa Salad — Lunch for One.

And for dessert, Strawberry and Raspberry Tartlets.

Not surprisingly, Peltre’s work has appeared in such places as “The Martha Stewart Show,” Saveur, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fine Cooking, Bon Appétit, Clean Eating, Mindful, Oprah Magazine, Whole Living, Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Globe, as well as in other international and online publications and books.

Thankfully, Peltre has given us the gift of a book, La Tartine Gourmande: Recipes for an Inspired Life.

“To cook is to delight in the best of what life has to offer — the people and places we love,” she explains. “This book is filled with 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 Peltre revisits her inspiration for each dish.

Her style is largely inspired by her native France, and adventures abroad from Denmark to New Zealand. We learn of the oeufs en cocotte (“baked eggs”) that she ate as a child after collecting fresh eggs from her grandmother’s henhouse. Her recipe for this classic dish now includes leeks, spinach, smoked salmon, and cumin. And don’t miss 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.

Reviewers universally gush with delight, including Library Journal: “Peltre’s first cookbook is a feast for both the eyes and the stomach. She achieves a beautiful, airy, floral aesthetic. Her fresh, innovative recipes (all gluten-free) will inspire anyone who feels daunted by the prospect of incorporating more whole grains or fresh vegetables into their diet. Highly recommended for those who’ve mastered the basics of cooking and baking.”

Dorie Greenspan, author of “Around My French Table,” said of the book, “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 Béa says this is food ‘to inspire,’ she is telling the simple truth. If you’re a fan of Béa’s blog, you’ll be thrilled to have her stories, pictures, and food bound together; and if you’re new to Béa’s work, then you’re in for a treat — delight awaits.”

Scroll down for a taste of Peltre’s food photography. And for a heartier helping of images, visit beatricepeltre.com.








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