Friday, April 27, 2012

Sharing the "Tart Love": Review and Giveaway



There are so many wonderful cookbooks out there that specialize in certain types of food. And, it's always nice to add one to your cookbook collection. One that you may want to consider is Tart Love: Sassy, Savory and Sweet by Holly Herrick and published by Gibbs Smith.



First of all, it's an absolutely gorgeous cookbook. The photographs are by Helene Dujardin who is an inspiration to all of us food bloggers out there. She writes the blog, Tartlette, and is the author of one of my favorite food photography books, Plate to Pixel. I was just happy to flip through this book and look at the photographs.

Photography aside, Holly Herrick's recipes look and sound absolutely delicious. In the beginning of the book, the author starts out sharing two pastry recipes - master savory pastry and master sweet pastry that will be used throughout the entire book. Everything you need to know to perfect your tart crust is in this cookbook.

The remainder of the book is divided into these chapters: Savory Tarts and Tartlets, Savory Pies and Pot Pies, Savory Quiches, Savory Meat and Veggie Pockets, Sweet Custard and Cream Tarts and Tartlets, and Sweet Fruit Tarts and Pockets. Within each chapter, the recipes are divided by season - the perfect tart for the perfect season.

Since we're in the spring/summer mode now, I made the Vidalia Onion Tart with Bacon, Honey and Fresh Thyme. It was my first tart ever and I enjoyed the process. Was it perfect? No, but that's to be expected.  If I had to do it all over again, I would have browned the onions a little more but you live and learn. And, next time, I'll do better. I promise.

I have to try again because there's a Lowcountry Boil Puff Tart with my name on it. And, there are some sweet tarts that I have to attempt: Strawberry 'n' Cream Dream Tart and Butterscotch and Caramel Apple Tarts. I have to make them because, after reading this cookbook, I ordered the rectangular-shaped tart pans that Herrick suggested. I've made an investment in my tart-making future. And, I'm looking forward to more tart-making experiments.

Do you think that you would like to experiment with tart-making? Well, if you're interested, I do have an extra copy of Tart Love that I'm giving away to one of my followers. Just leave a comment below telling me that you're interested in the cookbook. Also, leave an e-mail address where I can reach you if you're the winner.

Deadline: May 7, 2012
Good luck!

Disclaimer: The publisher provided me with a copy of this cookbook, but the opinion expressed here is my own.


29 comments:

  1. Oh very interested, sounds awesum...Love too experiment with new things...
    tawny_@execulink.com

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  2. I'm interested! I love to cook and am always looking for something new to change up the menu! Thanks!

    hvnonirth@aol.com

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  3. I would love this book. I am currently on a tart mission, making regular sized and mini tarts of all kinds. This book would be great!

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  4. I would love this!
    Gkuroda at gmail dot com

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  5. this cookbook sounds fabulous !!! I am a such a foodie and am always on the lookout for great new recipes to try. I would LOVE to win this cookbook ! Sandy donzimyhigh@yahoo.com

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  6. What a great book. Nothing better than tarts! maureen at orgasmichef.com

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  7. I just purchased a tart pan last week when I was out thrifting, perfect timing. I had just thought that I've never made one and I had been reading recipes trying to find one that I could make. Thanks so much for such a great giveaway!

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  8. I am interested in the cookbook. thanks for the chance.

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  9. I would love to have this cookbook. Thanks for chance to win.

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  10. I would love to have this cookbook for my collection. I'm trying to work on my fear of baking! Have a great weekend! :)
    ~Kim (feefamily@cox.net)

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  11. Wow, those recipes sound terrific! I would love to add this cookbook to my collection.

    Bonnie

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  12. I'd love a chance. Warm Blessings!~Amy
    cottageprims@hotmail.com

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  13. I would love to try a tart. I have not this before.
    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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  14. I would love to win this cookbook. I actually just recently tried my own hand at making tarts. I did a mushroom and thyme tart. It was amazing. Thanks for the chance to win!

    randcbruns AT kci DOT net

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  15. I'd love to win this cookbook! I've had a tart pan for some time now and have needed the motivation to use it - this book qualifies big time :-) Thanks so much for providing this opportunity...love your blog!

    fergusonvicki2200@gmail.com

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  16. I love to bake. It's a religious experience.
    My Grandmother, Auntie Anne, Cousin Louise & a former Deaconess "Aunt Ella" where my late husband was Pastor were the creators/nurturer to my love of baking.
    Please share your joy of baking, designing, & creating with me.
    Thank you,
    Deidre Mercer
    jasminekai@mac.com

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  17. I love to bake. It's a religious experience.
    My Grandmother, Auntie Anne, Cousin Louise & a former Deaconess "Aunt Ella" where my late husband was Pastor were the creators/nurturer to my love of baking. I have the equipment & your book would be great and inspiration. :-)
    Please share your joy of baking, designing, & creating with me.
    Thank you,
    Deidre Mercer
    jasminekai@mac.com

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  18. Sounds like a great cookbook!

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  19. Would love to have your cookbook...thanks for letting me enter. My email is: connic@foothills.net

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  20. I have a Pampered Chef Tart Pan sitting lonely in the cabinet, just waiting to be filled with yumminess. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to win this cookbook.
    robsnest60@yahoo.com

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  21. I buy Gooseberry Patch cookbooks as gifts but would love to have one for myself! I would love this cookbook.
    applecup20022002@yahoo.com

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  22. I follow on gfc as "anash" and I wanna win this awesome cookbook..thanks for hosting this giveawy
    Anashct1 (at) yahoo dot (com)

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  23. I would love to win this cookbook. The tart on the cover looks heavenly! melissa.marrocco@gmail.com

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  24. I really want to win this cookbook & try ALL the recipes. It would be great to invite my friends for a brunch of various tartes . Yummy !!!

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  25. I really want to win this cookbook. With all the awesome recipes, i know i can come up with a brunch menu for my friends & family.
    Deidre jasminekai@mac.com

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  26. I'd love to win this book...I love her blog! Thanks so much :)

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  27. Connie Bolick LeeMay 6, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    I would like to win this cookbook, thanks!
    lclee59@centurylink.net

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  28. Always room for another cookbook and this one looks great!!!!! Thanks!

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