Free Subscription
Follow Me

 

search
my foodgawker gallery
My Favorites
  • Clementine in the Kitchen (Modern Library Food)
    Clementine in the Kitchen (Modern Library Food)
  • The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears in Paris at the World's Most Famous Cooking School
    The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears in Paris at the World's Most Famous Cooking School
  • On Rue Tatin: Living and Cooking in a French Town
    On Rue Tatin: Living and Cooking in a French Town
  • I'll Never Be French (no matter what I do): Living in a Small Village in Brittany
    I'll Never Be French (no matter what I do): Living in a Small Village in Brittany
  • Mad About Macarons!: Make Macarons Like the French
    Mad About Macarons!: Make Macarons Like the French
  • Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes
    Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes
  • Tartine
    Tartine
  • Bistro Cooking
    Bistro Cooking
  • Nantucket Open-House Cookbook
    Nantucket Open-House Cookbook
  • Gourmet Shops of Paris: An Epicurean Tour
    Gourmet Shops of Paris: An Epicurean Tour
  • Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Herme
    Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Herme
  • The Patisseries of Paris: Chocolatiers, Tea Salons, Ice Cream Parlors, and more
    The Patisseries of Paris: Chocolatiers, Tea Salons, Ice Cream Parlors, and more
  • I Know How to Cook
    I Know How to Cook
  • I Love Macarons
    I Love Macarons
  • A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes
    A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes
  • Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home
    Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home
  • PATRICIA WELLS AT HOME IN PROVENCE: Recipes Inspired By Her Farmhouse In France
    PATRICIA WELLS AT HOME IN PROVENCE: Recipes Inspired By Her Farmhouse In France
  • Summer on a Plate: More than 120 delicious, no-fuss recipes for memorable meals from Loaves and Fishes
    Summer on a Plate: More than 120 delicious, no-fuss recipes for memorable meals from Loaves and Fishes
  • Roast Figs Sugar Snow: Winter Food to Warm the Soul
    Roast Figs Sugar Snow: Winter Food to Warm the Soul
  • The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City
    The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City
  • A Pig in Provence: Good Food and Simple Pleasures in the South of France
    A Pig in Provence: Good Food and Simple Pleasures in the South of France
  • The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen
    The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen
  • Two Towns in Provence
    Two Towns in Provence
  • Mediterranean Summer: A Season on France's Cote d'Azur and Italy's Costa Bella
    Mediterranean Summer: A Season on France's Cote d'Azur and Italy's Costa Bella
  • My Life in France
    My Life in France
  • Baking with Julia Savor the Joys of Baking with America's Best Bakers
    Baking with Julia Savor the Joys of Baking with America's Best Bakers
  • Paris Boulangerie-Patisserie: Recipes from Thirteen Outstanding French Bakeries
    Paris Boulangerie-Patisserie: Recipes from Thirteen Outstanding French Bakeries
  • Clotilde's Edible Adventures in Paris
    Clotilde's Edible Adventures in Paris
  • French Women Don't Get Fat
    French Women Don't Get Fat
  • Mastering the Art of French Cooking (2 Volume Set)
    Mastering the Art of French Cooking (2 Volume Set)
  • Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris
    Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris
  • Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook
    Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook
  • Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table (Random House Reader's Circle)
    Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table (Random House Reader's Circle)
  • Words in a French Life: Lessons in Love and Language from the South of France
    Words in a French Life: Lessons in Love and Language from the South of France
  • Barefoot in Paris: Easy French Food You Can Make at Home
    Barefoot in Paris: Easy French Food You Can Make at Home
  • Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table
    Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table
  • Raising the Salad Bar: Beyond Leafy Greens--Inventive Salads with Beans, Whole Grains, Pasta, Chicken, and More
    Raising the Salad Bar: Beyond Leafy Greens--Inventive Salads with Beans, Whole Grains, Pasta, Chicken, and More
  • Chez Panisse Café Cookbook
    Chez Panisse Café Cookbook
  • Chez Jacques: Traditions and Rituals of a Cook
    Chez Jacques: Traditions and Rituals of a Cook
  • Eat This Book: Cooking with Global Fresh Flavors
    Eat This Book: Cooking with Global Fresh Flavors
  • French Country Kitchen: The Undiscovered Glories of French Regional Cuisine
    French Country Kitchen: The Undiscovered Glories of French Regional Cuisine
  • A Year in Provence
    A Year in Provence
  • Toujours Provence
    Toujours Provence
  • Encore Provence: New Adventures in the South of France
    Encore Provence: New Adventures in the South of France
  • The French Laundry Cookbook
    The French Laundry Cookbook
  • A Moveable Feast
    A Moveable Feast

 

 Lisa with the "boulanger principal" in the famous Parisian bakery, Poilâne.

After having had a specialty business in French tarts for five years where I handmade and sold approximately 40 different varieties of both sweet and savory tarts at our local farmer’s market, I decided to take some time to write about and share some of my recipes and experiences along the way.  I never imagined how enthused my customers would be over the centuries old tradition of tart making.  They loved hearing the stories of how the recipes were developed, where the local ingredients came from or about my latest tart tasting trip to France and the many beautiful boulangerie-pâtisserie we visited for inspiration. 

I am currently a caterer for a large Episcopal Church with a rector who is a true gourmand (he went to a cooking school in Florence).  This job is a great fit for me because he (and the rest of the parish) are excited about food.  While I cook all types of food for the luncheons and dinners, the tarts are still a steady item on the menus.  Also, I have the privilege of working in the most beautiful commercial kitchen ever!  The church kitchen has hand painted tiles over the large 12 burner stove and sunny windows overlooking the tropical waterway.  This is a unique situation, and I feel truly blessed.

 


The seasonality of my catering business (I live in a resort town in Florida that is very busy in the winter and sleepy in the summer) allows me the time for recipe development, which I love, and my interest in food photography.  

I’m a believer in using fresh, local, seasonal and organic produce whenever possible.  For me, living in Florida means taking advantage of the awesome fruit trees....mangoes, lemons, key limes, oranges, grapefruits, avocados, calamondins and list goes on.  We also have amazing tomatoes, strawberries and many other local produce especially during the winter months.  

I am married to a wonderful man who shares my enthusiasm for food.  He is a fabulous cook and we love to cook together for family and friends.  He also makes the worlds best cup of coffee!   We have two children, a precious little girl who is 7, and a handsome young man who is 14.  Both love to cook.  And Daisy, the pound pup, rounds out our family.

I hope you enjoy reading about my experiences and adventures with French tarts and my enthusiasm for food in general!

 

Lisa McDonnell