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The Art Of The Tart [Paperback]

Tamasin Day-Lewis
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28 Jun 2001
The marriage of textures and flavours, colours and aromas make tarts the most satisfying of foods to make and eat. Tarts, tourtes, quiches, tartelettes, the myriad variants of both form and content, are celebrated in this collection of ninety tarts for all seasons and all occasions. Classical, historical and modern tarts are all included, as are the childhood experiences of making jam tarts, eating them bubbling hot from the oven and invariably searing one's mouth in the haste to devour them. The Doucet Tart, enjoyed by Chaucer and the court of Henry IV, with its intoxicating marriage of honey and saffron, will surprise even the most sophisticated palate, as will the rich, delicate perfection of Tamasin's Souffled Crab Tart and the ambrosial Peach, Vanilla and Amaretti Tarte Tatin. From the most classic of tarts, the Quiche Lorraine and the Strawberry Tart, to the airy heights of a Tomato and Prosciutto Tart on a puff pastry base, anyone can bake a tart, and everyone will enjoy this cooking their way through this book.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New Ed edition (28 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841881325
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841881324
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 18.7 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 545,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tart, torte, quiche, whatever you call it, encountering the choicest, freshest ingredients smugly contained in buttery-crisp pastry is pure pleasure. But given the image of pastry as something to be "mastered" it is unsurprising that what was the starting point of cookery fundamentals (remember those jam tarts at school?) has become more intimidating and ironically, not something to be attempted at home. What Tamasin Day-Lewis does here is not so much debunk the pastry mystique as present recipes so delectable that the skill of pastry making seems one very much worth acquiring.

Starting with savoury tarts; Quiche Lorraine makes a welcome return, a holy trinity of cream, eggs and bacon so simple yet sumptuous when made properly. There's no mention of the dreary "low fat option" anywhere here. Double cream, eggs and butter reign supreme alongside fresh ingredients in tarts such as "Smoked Haddock and Watercress Tart" or "Spinach and Anchovy". The cheekily entitled section "Other People's Tarts" includes recipes lovingly plundered from the likes of Nigel Slater and Lindsey Bareham, the most decadent Chocolate Tart coming from Simon Hopkinson's classic cookbook Roast Chicken and Other Stories.

The sweet tart section contains some traditional treats; Bakewell and Treacle Tarts alongside more unusual offerings. A "Roast Fig and Honey Tart with Cointreau", which is aptly introduced as a "beauteous and sluttish, Fall of the Roman Empire kind of pudding". Author Tamasin Day-Lewis writes on food for Saturday's Telegraph and Food Illustrated and here her style is anecdotal and nicely familiar. In many places she mixes the good sense of Nigella Lawson with an entertaining effusion rather reminiscent of the Two Fat Ladies;

I always make a hubcap-sized version rather than the normal tart-sized one because everybody in my family eats gargantuan slices of it and if there is any left it is whittled away sneakily on the day. This is not a tart to be served up the following day, tiredly, pinkily soggy; it simply doesn't work. Just eat lots of it."
The Art of the Tart is a superb collection of recipes, but get the oven warm and the rolling pin and pastry tins ready--you'll be seized with a desire to use them the minute you start reading--Rachel O'Connor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Tamasin Day-Lewis writes on food for Saturday's Telegraph and Food Illustrated; she has a column in Country Homes and Interiors, and has contributed articles to magazines and newspapers, among them House & Garden and Conde Nast Traveller in the UK, and Vanity Fair, Vogue and Food & Wine in the USA. She has produced and directed television documentaries for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. Tamasin was a finalist for the Independent Cook of the Year in 1994.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Nigella, you'll love this book 9 July 2001
I can't believe I never discovered this book before! Like Nigella (of whom I am an absolute fan), Tamsin makes you want to rush into the kitchen and cook as many tarts, tortes and quiches as possible. Beautifully photographed, each recipe simply begs to be lovingly prepared and savoured. Pastry has never seemed so easy and Tamsin, like Nigella, makes you feel as if there are no culinary bounds. Her style of writing makes you feel as if she is there with you to enjoy the moment when the tart comes out of the oven, gloriously steaming hot and filling the kitchen with wonderful aroma. This is an excellent book, beautifully written, a dinner party must-have and I feel as if I've discovered a great gem. You simply must buy it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring! 28 April 2004
By SecretSweets VINE VOICE
This is a little book, not your usual cookery book size. Hence, everythinginside is that much smaller - but don’t let that put you off. Despite thesize, it is packed with some wonderful tarts and tartlets - sweet andsavoury.
I personally prefer the sweet section although the Monkfish Tart withBéarnaise and the Spinach and Anchovy Tart from the savoury chapter areparticularly noteworthy.
The sweet tarts are mouth-wateringly marvellous. I love the Lemon MeringuePie with just the right tangy sweetness, the Treacle Tart with awholemeal crust strikes the perfect balance of heavenly and healthy, theButterscotch Tart will leave your taste buds reeling and, my favourite,White Chocolate Tart with Raspberries is so lusciously divine.
Tamasin Day-Lewis advocates the use of all things organic. You shouldn’tworry if you can’t comply - the results are just as good - but make sureyou religiously follow her instructions on how to make the perfect crust.A good crisp crust makes all the difference.
My only complaint - the small font makes it difficult to read the recipeswhile in a hurry in the kitchen. But still, it’s a small price to pay forthe pleasure of these naughty tarts!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Looking ....but an 'Armchair' Cookbook 30 Aug 2010
This book certainly gets you in the mood for tarts, as a great tart lover myself I'm half revved up already. The prose is perhaps rather gushing and posh in its description of the tarts and various vignettes on each of them but it looks and reads very nicely, getting the juices flowing every time! There are some nice sounding little numbers in it. It's a bit like tart pornography.

i cook a large tart at least once a week and having used the book and others for a number of years though, I do conclude that too many of the recipes are flawed. The recipe for lemon tart contains enough filling for at least 2 tarts and states a cooking time and oven temperature that will barely warm the filling through (in fact even at a decent oven temperature the filling will not set, there are no egg whites in the mixture) The recipe for frangipane tart contains way too much flour and although the result looks amazing it is too dry and floury. The recipe for fig tarts fails to mention that the tart will be flooded with fig juices and go soggy.

Overall, it seems that a lot of effort went in to producing a great sounding book, but rather too little on recipes that work. I really wonder whether anyone ever tested them....not good enough for a book costing such a lot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tart Heaven! 18 Jun 2003
By Matiqua
My family and I love enjoy quiches and tarts very much. They are so easy and practical, as you can make them ahead and reheat them. I usually made them using ready-made pastry, because my attempts at making my own were always a bit laboursome, it was always a bit difficult to roll the pastry and not to tear it, and somehow it was always a bit undercooked (maybe that was due to the fact that I used rice instead of baking beans, but now I have bought them). Those times are over! Now I can make perfect, crisp and tender pastry in seconds, using the food processor and the best part is that it rolls in a breeze! I don't know what was wrong with my method, but now that I have this recipe I don't even think of buying ready-made pastry anymore.
The recipes for the different fillings are wonderful, too. We have found great quiches that we love to have for dinner. You should absolutely try Spinach and Anchovy Tart it is delicious!
I haven't tried any of the sweet ones yet, but I am sure that they will be tasty too.
Buy this book, you will not be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too damned small 10 July 2007
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I am sure this is a fantastic book...but it is too tiny for me to comfortably read. Oh Tamsin.....why did you not make this book big and beautiful with yummy pictures?
I love your programmes...( even though I am a veggie)...and I especially delight in watching you cook in your old kitchen...(much more interesting and comfy then the new one)....
If you are under fifty years old with great eyesight..then I recommend this book thoroughly..........Linda
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable 15 Oct 2002
By A Customer
This collection of recipes that covers classics old and new as well as a host of new ideas is absolutely indispensable. I never realised how flexible "the tart" was until I started cooking my way through this terrific collection. Every recipe is tasty, interesting and well-described in clear prose, whether it's the everyday rustic numbers or the high end dinner party food that are included in this great little book, which I guarantee will become a favourite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favourites
I've had this book for years and use it regularly,
This was a copy for a friend to encourage her to do the same. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ms Janice Levett
4.0 out of 5 stars Tart it up
In one sense there is nothing original about many of the recipes contained in this book, and most of us will have one or more versions of many of the recipes cook books or family... Read more
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I bought this book for a friend and she just loves it. She has tried many of the recipes and all with success.
Published on 14 Aug 2011 by JDA
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This is the first book of Tamasin's that I bought, and made me a fan for ever. You simply could not read this without wanting to rush into the kitchen and make a tart, or several... Read more
Published on 20 Dec 2007 by Joan Cecil
5.0 out of 5 stars A great find
I recently bought a Kenwood Patissier and thought this book would be a good place to make a start in the world of pastry, and what a lucky discovery it was. Read more
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As an avowed non cook, I was truly amazed to find a recipe book involving pastry in which all of the recipes seem to work every time (and where the end results bear some... Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2003
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I am a totally average cook, single and cook in fits and starts. This book has allowed me to go up a notch with my friends whose hospitality I return with 'try this one from The... Read more
Published on 25 May 2003 by Celia Cologne
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