Hungry Reader Challenge: Julia Child's Tarte Tatin

Hungry Reader Challenge: Julia Child's Tarte Tatin

Faith Durand
Apr 1, 2008


The next entry in our Hungry Reader Challenge is from Stephanie, who also gave us this Bittersweet Baking Honorable Mention: Go Buckeye Cherry Pie.

Through our recent Book Club Stephanie has grown slightly obsessed with Julia Child and she has already read a whole other memoir of life with the famous chef. Read more about the book and this lovely Tarte Tatin below.

Also, we still have several copies of American Artisanal to give away, so let yourself get inspired by a book and send us a few photos by Thursday evening.

Book Inspiration:

Backstage with Julia: My Years with Julia Child by Nancy Verde Barr

Recipe: Tarte Tatin

Book quote:

"No segment for Good Morning America gave us more trouble or more satisfaction than the one on the complex making of a Tarte Tatin. The famous upside-down apple dessert, known classically as tarte des demoiselles Tatin in honor of its creators, the spinster Tatin sisters, is a lovely dessert with a good story. ..... Tarte Tatin is not a difficult recipe to make in one's own kitchen, but showing all the steps in three and a half minutes was a challenge. Our calculations told us we needed ten cast iron pans and a seeming orchard of apples."

Why this book?

Thanks to Apartment Therapy's first book club selection, My Life in France, I have a blooming obsession with Julia Child and have started reading about all things Julia. I was inspired to make this dish by the recollection of a GMA segment that Nancy Barr worked on with Julia Child making Tarte Tatin.

This dish gave them a lot of trouble as they had to prepare it twice having their segment postponed for a day due to the assassination of Anwar Sadat, the President of Egypt. The apples didn't make it overnight and all the prep work had to be thrown away and redone. Fortunately, Julia pulled it off in 3 and a half minutes like the kitchen wizard she was--but I couldn't imagine using 10 cast iron pans for one dish to film on TV! Luckily, for my family tonight, it only took me one pan, and was as delicious as it was described in the book.

Great job, Stephanie! Has anyone else been inspired lately by a book? We'll take entries until Thursday for this Hungry Reader Challenge. Watch for a review of the book we're giving away, too - we are enjoying it so much.

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