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Chocolate Financiers, "La Tartine Gourmande, Recipes For An Inspired Life" & A Cookbook Giveaway

Chocolate Financiers

It’s always excited to see someone realize their dreams. Pick up their courage, their doubts, their talent and creativity and just go for it. I got excited when Beatrice announced she was writing a cookbook and I got even more excited when I finally held in my hands. "La Tartine Gourmande, Recipes For An Inspired Life" was no doubt a labor of love for Beatrice. It shows. From the colorful imagery to the detailed recipes, one can tell she did put a lot of care and perfectionism into her first cookbook.

I have Bea met once before on a press trip and it was a delight to see that the book matches the person in real life. Deeply French, but also very much in love with the flavors and aesthetics of other countries she visited. The book achieves what I look for most times in cookbooks: it reads like a novel with prose and anecdotes and at the same time it serves the purpose at hand, giving you plenty of recipes and creative ideas for casual to sophisticated plates.

LTG Book Cover

The book is divided in two major parts; one where Bea goes through core recipes used in various chapters, as well as covering the flours, sugars and utensils she favors. The other parts covers all the recipes, from breakfasts to picnic, to casual lunches with friends, to sophisticated or simple dinners. One thing I really appreciated in Bea’s writing is the fluidity of the recipe writing as well as the simple yet to the point style of the headnotes.

If you are familiar with Bea’s blog, the book is indeed, its perfect extension. Recipes that are simple to make, full or flavors and leaving you inspired to go create more of your own. I made 3 batches of these Chocolate Financiers in the span of a week. They disappeared as fast as I was pulling them out of the oven. (Recipe for the financiers after the jump)

Cupcake Wrappers

Bea was kind enough to answer a little fun interview I prepared so you could get to know her better. For more descriptions and excerpts from her book, you can check her amazon author page, here.

1/ Which person in your life influenced your cooking the most?

My mother. No doubt. I learned by her side. But in many ways too, it’s my upbringing in France. And the fact that I come from a family where there’s always been a clear passion for food, home cooking, and making someone happy with a meal. My brother and sister-in-law whom I am very close to love to cook and eat–like my mother, they keep an amazing vegetable garden to feed our crave for homegrown foods. Whenever I am in France, we spend a lot of time cooking together. Talking about food. So I know that it’s really us all, as a family, that rooted this love for food inside me. And the way I cook.

2/ Which culinary traditions or family habits have you kept from France?

The fact that I cannot skip lunch. Ever 😉 I am so French in that way. Lunch is cooked and needs to be a sit down meal during which I leave work and other things I am doing behind–to enjoy my meal. And it does not matter if I will have that meal alone. Everyone deserves that treat. As a family, Lulu, P. and I always eat together. Sharing our meals is a very important time of our day. Lulu is only 3 but she understands and loves it.

When I look at the dishes I make, no doubt, my cooking is French in essence. But I don’t perhaps cook what most people think of as French cuisine. I like to reinvent classics, which connects me to my roots and the foods that I loved to eat as a child. And then I personalize them to my taste and the influences my cooking gained from traveling and living in different countries. So in the end, it’s French but with a twist and exotic touches. I am curious about food, so I also like to constantly try new ingredients and build recipes around them.

At home, we always cared how food was presented on a plate. And we also always made sure that our meals were balanced in nutrition as well as in texture–hence I will always eat something cooked with something raw (ie there will always be salad that accompanies my meals). I think these definitely explain why I love to play with food the way I do. I like to make a dish pop onto a plate, looking light and colorful. And not overly complicated. I believe that we eat with our eyes first. I believe that what makes a great meal is quality ingredients, attention–and the rest follows naturally. That’s the way I was brought up to think about food.

3/ If stranded on a deserted island, which of the following would you miss the most?
– vegetable
– fruit
– spice and/or herb

vegetable: carrots from my mother’s garden
fruit: I’d say I’d miss the taste of a wild strawberry. So concentrated. So delicious and unique.
spice: cumin
herbs: parsley, coriander, chervil

4/ What is your favorite meal to cook for a romantic dinner "a deux"?

Not sure. It changes all the time since my creative flow keeps coming. I know there’d be chocolate somewhere during the meal (hello Molten chocolate cakes!). And we’d have a stunning looking refreshing appetizer, most likely a dressed-up salad or a verrine, with tons of zest (grapefruit, orange or lime), avocado and crab meat. As a main, I could easily imagine a creamy red kuri squash risotto finished with truffle oil and served with clams cooked in white wine, garlic and .fresh herbs.

5/ Favorite word? Least favorite word? Favorite color? Two things you can’t stop eating lately?

Favorite word: Maman….it’s filled with so many meanings and special things for me.
Least favorite words: Dépêche toi! (hurry up!) I hate when I have to rush….
Favorite color: That’s a hard one as I love most of them. Right now, I’d say red as I can see myself buying a lot of fabrics, bowls and home textiles with different hues of red on them. I also also love spring green and turquoise blue.
Two things I can’t stop eating right now: fine slices of apples enjoyed with pecans and honeycomb; coconut milk tapioca pudding with stewed fruit.

Chocolate Financiers

Bea and her publisher were also very kind to share two copies with two readers. To enter the giveaways for a copy of "La Tartine Gourmande, Recipes For An Inspired Life" – all you have to do is leave a comment (no anonymous, one entry per person) on this post between Monday March 5th and Thursday March 8th, midnight EST. You must claim your prize within 48 hours or two other winners will be picked. I know this sounds harsh but many enter, I announce winners and prizes stay unclaimed for months and/or are never claimed which is not fair to the other participants who really do care about a gift.

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of the book by the publisher. All images (except the book cover) and opinions are my own.

Chocolate Financiers, slightly modified from La Tartine Gourmande:

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup almond meal
2 tablespoons millet flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
A pinch of sea salt
1/3 cup powdered sugar
4 large egg whites (beaten slightly)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350F, position a rack in the middle and line the inside of 10 muffin tins with wrappers.
In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat and cook until it starts to turn brown and smells smells like hazelnuts, between 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool slightly.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the almond meal, millet flour, cocoa powder, salt, and sugar. Mix until blended. On low speed, beat in the egg whites.
Add the butter and vanilla and mix for another 30 seconds.
Divide the batter evenly between the muffin tins and bake the financiers for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the middle comes out clean. Let cool and dust with more cocoa powder if desired.

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga March 6, 2012 um 12:08 am

Bea's work is so inspirational and what a fantastic tag team post and interview. Both of you truly make me just pause, stop, and stare at the screen when I look at your work!

Winter Redd March 6, 2012 um 12:09 am

The cookbook looks delightful!

Tracy Grant March 6, 2012 um 12:12 am

I follow her blog as well as yours. Lovely!

Lynne Faubert March 6, 2012 um 12:12 am

Tartelette and Tartine all in one post, what a beautiful meeting of kindred gourmandes. Thank you!

kristy March 6, 2012 um 12:13 am

I love Bea's blog! Her cookbook sounds amazing – lovely pictures too.

Sara March 6, 2012 um 12:13 am

Great giveaway – this cookbook looks like a real winner! 🙂

Rachel March 6, 2012 um 12:14 am

I love Bea's blog and her recipes so it would be incredible to have her cookbook!

Rikki March 6, 2012 um 12:17 am

Bea's blog is wonderful, I love the little interview [:

Lorrie March 6, 2012 um 12:18 am

Bea's blog is so inspiring, and her book looks wonderful. Thanks for this interview – so fun.

Truc March 6, 2012 um 12:23 am

Thank you for having the giveaway!

Amy March 6, 2012 um 12:23 am

What a lovely recipe book to own, especially with gorgeous pictures to drool on! 😛 Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

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Kathy Walker March 6, 2012 um 12:23 am

I have followed Bea's blog for a few years. I am tickled that her dream has become a reality!

I enjoyed your interview with her and the photos!

Truc March 6, 2012 um 12:23 am

Great looking book!

MARGARET March 6, 2012 um 12:24 am

Bea has been a great inspiration to me in not only her recipes but her food styling and photography. I would love to explore this book further, but the chocolate financiers look like a great place to begin. 😉



Unknown March 6, 2012 um 12:25 am

I just wrote the comment on how I love the interview and photos but it looks like my HTC ate it…

Salt Lake Sugar March 6, 2012 um 12:26 am

Looks like a beautiful book and the interview was a treat to read!

Fairlight March 6, 2012 um 12:29 am

Looks like a great cookbook!

fairlight March 6, 2012 um 12:30 am

Looks like a great cookbook! The cover is beautiful.

Unknown March 6, 2012 um 12:33 am

I love Bea's blog, she has inspired me with her food styling..the beautiful fabrics she uses I love the warmth and sensibility that exudes from her blog…would cherish a copy of her first book.

Hallie March 6, 2012 um 12:33 am

This book looks gorgeous! What a great post. Now I'm hungry… 🙂

Unknown March 6, 2012 um 12:34 am

Lovely interview! My mouth was watering reading the romantic dinner 'a deux'…avocado, truffle oil, risotto, clams & wine! Divine!
Would love to add this book to my collection 🙂

Jenn, Pint-sized Pioneering March 6, 2012 um 12:35 am

Thank you for introducing me to her – I love her sensibilities!

Pint-sized Pioneering

Unknown March 6, 2012 um 12:37 am

I love Bea's blog, her food styling has inspired me, the beautiful fabrics and warmth that exudes from her recipes and family pics. I would cherish a copy of her first book

Lisa March 6, 2012 um 12:39 am

ooh! photos itself is already an inspiration to head into the kitchen!

Megan March 6, 2012 um 12:39 am

Her pictures are beautiful, and her stories are so fun to read. It would be incredible to have her book!

Martha Rice March 6, 2012 um 12:41 am

Looks like a lovely book. I always read cookbooks like they are novels so this sounds like a really enjoyable book.

Venessa March 6, 2012 um 12:42 am

Oh, her cookbook truly looks like a feast for all the senses. I love reading both her blog and yours–you're both an inspiration. Thanks for posting that fun little Q&A with Bea!

JC March 6, 2012 um 12:43 am

Looks like a great book! Would love to have a copy!!

Venessa March 6, 2012 um 12:43 am

Oh, her cookbook surely does look like a feast for all the senses. Both her blog and yours have been an inspiration to me in my own culinary adventure. Thanks for posting the Q&A session with Bea! It's always fun to learn something new about a person you admire.

craziasian March 6, 2012 um 12:47 am

found this on punchfork. mmmmm.

craziasian March 6, 2012 um 12:48 am

found this blog post via punchfork. mmmmmm

craziasian March 6, 2012 um 12:49 am

yum sounds like a delightful cook book

Rebecca March 6, 2012 um 12:58 am

This book looks wonderful!

amy beth marantino March 6, 2012 um 1:00 am

i would love to win this lovely book.

Unknown March 6, 2012 um 1:01 am

I love her blog, the photo's are gorgeous! Both of you are amazing, the double T's;)

CF March 6, 2012 um 1:02 am

The financiers looks amaaaaaaazing!

Lambie's Family March 6, 2012 um 1:06 am

Great interview, Helene! Definitely makes one ready to go out and purchase the cookbook just to try out the recipes. 🙂

Cookie and Kate March 6, 2012 um 1:06 am

Bea's photograph is just gorgeous.

Karthika Gupta March 6, 2012 um 1:12 am

Thanks for the giveaway. Just ordered your book and would love to win hers to make it a complete set of awe inspiring books 🙂

Unknown March 6, 2012 um 1:15 am

The photos are as always stunning. I'll look for the book.

Miss Lemon March 6, 2012 um 1:15 am

The book looks beautiful!

sarah March 6, 2012 um 1:18 am

looks like a beautiful cookbook! thanks for the giveaway.

Jenny March 6, 2012 um 1:20 am

I love both of your blogs and want want want this book! The egg and salad recipes on her blog always look so delicious.

Chelsey Luster March 6, 2012 um 1:20 am


Redd H from Salted Spoon March 6, 2012 um 1:21 am

Thanks for the lovely write up! I've been terribly excited about this book since it came out, but alas I have been unable to squeeze it into my budget. I would adore a copy!

Louisa B. March 6, 2012 um 1:22 am

This post is so exciting. I would love to read more of what Bea has to say about food.. and you, too!

Brianne March 6, 2012 um 1:26 am

I've always wanted to make financiers.

Unknown March 6, 2012 um 1:36 am

All these beautiful pictures of beautiful food! I love making what tastes amazing look amazing, and this blog does it best!

Caroline @ chocolate & carrots March 6, 2012 um 1:52 am

I can't wait to get my hands on her cookbook! So much to learn! 😀

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Esther March 6, 2012 um 1:52 am

How divine it looks! I tend to be sucked in by the front cover of cookbooks a bit, but I am sure the content is just as wonderful. I too, love books with some stories and background, particularly if it involves family stories. I don't think we can get it in Australia, so I'd love a copy.
Thank you, Helene. Inspiring photos of your food, as usual.

Kelly March 6, 2012 um 1:54 am

Such a beautiful book from such a beautiful blog! Bea provides inspiration through her photography, recipes, & stories. What a wonderful giveaway!

gfs March 6, 2012 um 1:54 am

oh, I've got my eye on this book and when all these competitions are over and I've not yet won one… I'm sure it'll end up on my bookshelf anyway!

Eva @ Eva Bakes March 6, 2012 um 1:57 am

Great giveaway!

Amy March 6, 2012 um 1:59 am

What a lovely cookbook!

Isa March 6, 2012 um 2:00 am

J'adore votre blogue et je trouve vos photos et recettes tellement inspirantes!! Je ne connaissais pas celui de Béa, mais je vais définitivement m'y mettre!! Bonne continuation!

Donna Messer March 6, 2012 um 2:05 am

I love French cooking and especially French baking! It would be so delightful to win this cookbook. If not, I will be putting it on my wish list!

Leah Sottile March 6, 2012 um 2:07 am

Would love to see this cookbook in person!!

Anonymous March 6, 2012 um 2:10 am

I would love to have the beautiful book!

elizabeth March 6, 2012 um 2:10 am

What a beautiful cookbook. I'd love to win a copy!

Unknown March 6, 2012 um 2:12 am

I would live to have this book. Really-))

Robin (Hippo Flambe) March 6, 2012 um 2:15 am

That book looks like a good read and an excellent companion in the kitchen.

Allie March 6, 2012 um 2:17 am

What a beautiful cookbook. I can't wait to get my hands on it. I love anecdotal cookbooks as well as when the chefs personality shines through!

Mallory March 6, 2012 um 2:20 am

Those cupcake wrappers are gorgeous! <3

sprite March 6, 2012 um 2:23 am

Yum! These sound delicious!

LadyWild March 6, 2012 um 2:25 am

looks like a beautiful book

Vicki Wilde March 6, 2012 um 2:26 am

I just got this cookbook! After flipping through the pages I want to run out and buy lots of specialty flours! I just wanted to comment that this cookbook is absolutely beautiful and I look forward to cooking with it, be sure to pick another name if I win 🙂

Ana March 6, 2012 um 2:30 am

Thank you for the giveaway. I always love hearing from the author.

Ellen March 6, 2012 um 2:38 am

Added to my list of things to do!

Sarah Tryon March 6, 2012 um 2:47 am

Looks absolutely beautiful!

Barb Butler March 6, 2012 um 2:50 am

This book looks just lovely. Would love to add it to my collection.

Just For You Sweets March 6, 2012 um 2:51 am

I just LOVE financiers!!

McKinzie March 6, 2012 um 2:51 am

Bea's blog is so amazing and I am super excited about the book!

Sihi March 6, 2012 um 2:52 am

A beautiful post. Two brilliant food stylists and photographers. An delicious recipe. An awesome book giveaway. What could be more fabulous?….well, nothing! Thank you for offering us a true feast for the eyes and the cookbook giveaway.

Ceren March 6, 2012 um 2:57 am

I like the fact that she can't pass the lunch. For me, lunches way more important then dinner….

Barbara March 6, 2012 um 2:57 am

Nice interview and good to know a little more about Bea.

Alexandra March 6, 2012 um 3:02 am

The pictures are beautiful! I would love to have a copy of this book! 🙂

moni.zuza March 6, 2012 um 3:13 am

I love and follow both of your blogs and would be thrilled to have a new cookbook to stain with my culinary attempts. 🙂

Crumbs N Crust March 6, 2012 um 3:21 am

The Cover of the cookbook looks really good.. can't imagine the inside ! what a treasure !

Thank you for the giveaway.

Christine T

Sarah Jane March 6, 2012 um 3:26 am

So lovely- this recipe sounds great!

Kelly S March 6, 2012 um 3:29 am

I enjoy your blog as well as Bea's.

Michelle Stiles March 6, 2012 um 3:30 am

I would love to look through the cookbook, she is an inspiration!

Lisa Waszkiewicz March 6, 2012 um 3:51 am

Gorgeous book cover! You brought back memories – I remember sit down lunches when I was a child.

Crunchy Creamy Sweet March 6, 2012 um 3:57 am

This amazing book is on my wishlist!

Sailaja March 6, 2012 um 3:58 am

I am looking forward to learn French baking and I love Bee's food styling. Would love to win a copy. 🙂

Btw, I love your blog, food styling and photography.

Jane March 6, 2012 um 3:58 am

Great book, looks so nice!

Raquel @ Ovenmitts Vegan Blog March 6, 2012 um 4:02 am

This book just looks so beautiful. I'd buy it just for the photography, if for nothing else. The winner of this giveaway is sure lucky!

Athena March 6, 2012 um 4:25 am

I have Bea's book on my wishlist… Love her writing and photography style. And I like it when a cookbook reads like a novel; the anecdotes make it personal and real. Thanks for the giveaway!

Ms Quez March 6, 2012 um 4:28 am

I love how you always combine the art of photography with the art of food, wonderful!

Crust and Dust March 6, 2012 um 4:29 am

The pictures are adorable! Congratulations La Tartine!

Jeanne March 6, 2012 um 4:33 am

What an inspiring interview! And beautifully presented in this post. I can't wait to immerse myself in this book.

Gina March 6, 2012 um 4:33 am

I'm celebrating a big birthday today and Bea's beautiful book would provide the inspiration I need to start off a new decade!

sweet life March 6, 2012 um 4:42 am

must try out this recipe~~

Vivian Mac March 6, 2012 um 4:47 am

Chocolate financiers… what a tempting midnight treat!

Dan @ IslandEAT March 6, 2012 um 4:47 am

I'm a big fan of the traditional financiers, but I bet the chocolate would be spectacular.

quiltnmaryf March 6, 2012 um 4:48 am

Thanks for the giveaway! Looks wonderful!

Angie March 6, 2012 um 4:52 am

I have wanted to get this cookbook since I first saw it was coming out!

Baking in the Attic March 6, 2012 um 5:01 am

I love Bea's blog and would love to win a copy of her cookbook. Thanks for the opportunity!

Anonymous March 6, 2012 um 5:11 am

Those financiers look amazing! I'm going to have to try those…

Beena Venugopal March 6, 2012 um 5:16 am

Namaste – this is Beena from India 🙂 Love your photography and thank you for introducing us to Bea's lovely blog! In the process of trying your macaroon recipe (old egg whites) and would love it if I could get one of Bea's book as well (all the way from Mumbai) 🙂

Katya March 6, 2012 um 5:23 am

The cookbook looks beautiful, I absolutely adore French cuisine. Merci for the giveaway Helene! 🙂

emily March 6, 2012 um 5:24 am

Judging this cook by its cover, it looks like a must have.

Allie March 6, 2012 um 5:36 am

Bea's cookbook looks amazing!

Catherine March 6, 2012 um 5:40 am

Two blogs I love! And I think I'm going to love these chocolate financiers as well!

CJ's Blog March 6, 2012 um 6:07 am

The cookbook looks beautiful!

CJ's Blog March 6, 2012 um 6:08 am

The cookbook looks beautiful!

Tina March 6, 2012 um 6:08 am

Wow the cookbook sounds really awesome! and your food photos are as good as always 🙂

Anonymous March 6, 2012 um 6:10 am

what an awesome giveaway! thanks for hosting it (:

renee March 6, 2012 um 6:15 am

I LOVE this book. I paged through it at my local indie book store and I want it badly. The pictures are beautiful and inspiring, the recipes make me want to run to my kitchen and start creating. The first recipe I want to prepare is the oeufs en cocotte. I hope I win.

mywong13 March 6, 2012 um 6:19 am

I love Bea's blog and recipes! So happy she put together a cookbook.

mywong13 March 6, 2012 um 6:19 am

I love Bea's blog and recipes! So happy she put together a cookbook.

mywong13 March 6, 2012 um 6:20 am

I love Bea's blog and recipes! It is a must read for me. So happy to hear she published a cookbook.

Mikki March 6, 2012 um 6:35 am

This book looks wonderful. two favourite blogs in one blog post is a treat too!
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Joanna March 6, 2012 um 6:37 am

What a lovely book! It would make a wonderful addition to my collection of cookbooks.

mariaemb. March 6, 2012 um 7:08 am

What a giveaway! The book looks lovely and I was expecting nothin else since her blog is just like that. I would love to have the book and I hope I can be a part of the giveaway even though I'm from Sweden.

Thank you for an inspiring blog!

Kind regards

maia @ sac à poche March 6, 2012 um 7:12 am

I'd like to have the opportunity to read this book!
Thank you for the nice opportunity!!



Sini March 6, 2012 um 7:32 am

I love Bea's style of coooking and her eye for beauty. Thank you for the interesting interview! And I would love to get a copy of her amazing cookbook. I still haven't managed to order it.

lusitania March 6, 2012 um 7:44 am

At her blog I started to learn about food photo, long time ago on flickr. Would be nice to have her book 4 free, but if luck doesn't knock on my door – bday will come in a couple of months.

lapetitecuisine March 6, 2012 um 7:50 am

Tartelette and La Tartine Gourmande were the first blogs I began to read when I got into the bloggerworld in 2008. And even if every day other blogs are popping up I will always come back to the roots 😉 Nice hacing you now both in one post! Cheers from Germany, Susanne

Liz March 6, 2012 um 8:01 am

Bea's leap into realising a life of creativity, driven by her soul is so inspirational to us all, whether we aspire to be foodie bloggers or to simply trying to follow our heart for once in our work and daily life. Reading her answers, her voice, has made me even more determined to follow mine. Thanks Bea, and Helene for bringing me joy for a some precious minutes before I turn to the work documents I have to look at – for now, at least!

Dominique March 6, 2012 um 8:13 am

La couverture à elle seule fait très envie… Bravo Béa!

Tomas (foodissimo) March 6, 2012 um 8:15 am

I really like browsing west countries blogs what inspire and motive me in writing of my foodblog. Helene, your photos are gorgeous. Bea's cookbook looks great and I am planning to get one copy, for sure. Maybe through your giveaway or through Amazon. I will get it.

Anonymous March 6, 2012 um 8:45 am

I've been following Bea's blog, and I find her truly inspiring, in so many ways! I would love to win a copy of her book. Thanks for the opportunity 🙂

Zita March 6, 2012 um 8:52 am

Bea's blog is so colourful, filled with good stories to read and yum meals to make. I would love to win her book!

jelena March 6, 2012 um 9:06 am

I like a nice story behind a cookbook 🙂 Nice photos as always

Irene March 6, 2012 um 9:27 am

Oh, I'd love to win a copy of this cookbook – I wanted it since it was published 🙂

Benthe March 6, 2012 um 10:02 am

I love French! I'm still in high school (though we don't call it this way in Holland) and I'm studying French and German, but I so prefer French even though my German is so much better. I love the language. I've never been to France even though it's only a 5 hour drive away, but I'll be going next year and I'm so excited! This cookbook would make a perfect entrance for the French cuisine. Je peux faire de cuisine tous les jours avec cet livre de cuisine. Je sais, mon français est mauvais, excuse moi.

Lisa Renée March 6, 2012 um 10:11 am

Her blog is simply incredible. And, I believe it to be a constant work of art… Would love a copy of her cookbook 🙂

DM March 6, 2012 um 10:35 am

I love Bea's blog and her beautiful pictures.

Sarah March 6, 2012 um 10:45 am

Vive les cuisinières française! 😉
That book looks…appetizing!

Sarah March 6, 2012 um 10:45 am

Vive les cuisinières françaises!
That book just looks sooo appetizing!

Monique March 6, 2012 um 10:51 am

Wow – this looks like a stunning book.

Hana Stolarikova March 6, 2012 um 10:52 am

The book, especially the cover, as well as the recipe look both sooo nice and worth trying. Thank you for this post, I have never heard of Beatrice so this is a very nice inspiration for me 🙂

Ellie March 6, 2012 um 11:08 am

I love La Tartine Gourmand blog. I made an amazing lemon tart from there more than once. I would a copy of Bea's book!

Kelly-Jane March 6, 2012 um 11:11 am

I'm not familiar with Bea's blog atall, but will go and have a look, as her book looks lovely.

Suzana March 6, 2012 um 11:20 am

Lovely post! People who have a love for food are truly inspiring. It's so nice to have your questions and Béa's answers! Now I'll be dreaming all morning of chocolate financiers. 😉

Gio of The Hungry Giant March 6, 2012 um 11:34 am

I'd love to win the book! It looks like a keeper!

Meeri March 6, 2012 um 11:38 am

I love both of your work, even though they are so different there's still a clear common thread. The french thing maybe? I would love to try more recipes of Beatrice's from her cookbook!

The Cutting Edge of Ordinary March 6, 2012 um 12:06 pm

Bea is truly an inspiration to me. Her photography is stunning…..her food delicious!

Unknown March 6, 2012 um 12:10 pm

Wow, I would love to win a copy! Thanks for the chance!

Anonymous March 6, 2012 um 12:14 pm

As a newbie to food photography, its great to see two brilliant artist's take on the same recipe! I'm super inspired. xx

Sarvani March 6, 2012 um 12:15 pm

Oh Bea's blog is a delight.. the recipes.. the anecdotes.. and of course her photographs… if her cookbook is an extension of her blog.. then its a must-have!!

Patricia Scarpin March 6, 2012 um 12:16 pm

Those financiers look amazing, Helen! Bea's blog was one of the first blogs I ever read, long before I started my own blog. It's amazing seeing her publish her book – all the best to her!

Margar March 6, 2012 um 12:18 pm

I was looking for a recipe with almond flour. So perfect!

Eva from France March 6, 2012 um 12:24 pm

I follow Bea's blog as well, it is very inspiring. What a beautiful book! Thanks for the interview.

Mikal Krauss March 6, 2012 um 12:24 pm

would love to add to that special section on my bookshelf of inspired desserts and gorgeous photographs! Will make those financiers NOW!

martina March 6, 2012 um 12:30 pm

These financiers look divine! Not surprised they disappear from your kitchen. It's lovely meet here Beatrice… two wonderful blogger in one post! Thanks for the giveaway

Betty March 6, 2012 um 12:32 pm

love to have the book

Tebben Gill Lopez March 6, 2012 um 12:39 pm

I would miss carrots too!
And pineapple.
And ginger.
And mint.
…so glad I'm not on a deserted island.

Tart and Sweet March 6, 2012 um 12:41 pm

Thank you for this lovely interview. Bea sounds as beautiful as her book.

Kristin Nicholas March 6, 2012 um 12:48 pm

Would really love to own this book. If I don't win, I will probably purchase it. Bea's photos and sweet little stories are fabulous.

carol March 6, 2012 um 12:53 pm

i am so excited about bea's first cookbook coming out! what i love about bea's blog is how easily she conveys her passion for creating good foods that not only look amazing but taste delicious…i walk away from her blog always feeling inspired! thanks bea! (and thanks to you too, helene, for sharing your enthusiasm too!)

Bunkycooks March 6, 2012 um 1:04 pm

It was so great to see you in Charleston this past weekend! We will have to come back and visit on a quieter weekend sometime soon. I would love to own a copy of Bea's cookbook. It would be a nice addition to my collection.

Julie March 6, 2012 um 1:09 pm

The Cookbook is Beautiful and I am sure the food inside is as well.

Jade March 6, 2012 um 1:10 pm

Sounds like a lovely book and a lovely woman!

Margaret March 6, 2012 um 1:11 pm

Thank you for this lovely post! And to win of copy of Bea's new book would be just…. lovely!

MD Smith March 6, 2012 um 1:15 pm

This is such a lovely and inspiring book, thank you for telling us about it – and THANK YOU for your work, as well!

Nicole March 6, 2012 um 1:16 pm

My Mother and grandmothers are my source of inspiration in the kitchen. Food was more than fuel, it was fun, it was a celebration of love and family. They made it special. That's what I try to do. Like making these little treats for my co-workers, a little warm surprise to brighten up their morning coffee break.

(I want to add…I'm a sucker for cookbooks. They're my "fun" reading. Who needs mysteries?!?!?)

mindy March 6, 2012 um 1:16 pm

the book looks lovely! if I had a copy, it would be spattered and well loved in no time…

Christina March 6, 2012 um 1:18 pm

I would love to win a copy of this cookbook- her photography is inspiring and all of her food looks delicious!

Beth @HungryHappenings March 6, 2012 um 1:19 pm

Would love to add one of those to my cookbook collection.

ExpatCentral March 6, 2012 um 1:20 pm

Such a great interview and giveaway – love her blog.

Sally March 6, 2012 um 1:26 pm

Bea and your blogs set me up every week with fresh ideas and inspiration for food! I love both your creativity and flair 🙂

Anonymous March 6, 2012 um 1:29 pm

What a wonderful opportunity to win such a beautiful book from such a creative woman/chef/blogger. Thank you!

Anonymous March 6, 2012 um 1:30 pm

What a wonderful opportunity for such a beautiful book by such a creative woman/cook/blogger. Thank you!

Becca March 6, 2012 um 1:31 pm

Wonderful interview! Gorgeous photos as usual!

Stephanie March 6, 2012 um 1:33 pm

Quelle chance!

I remembered to buy almond meal over the weekend. I've already made a batch of these and they're already gone! Needless to say my roommates really appreciated them. 🙂

Merci, Helene et Béa!

Marion March 6, 2012 um 1:34 pm

Those financiers look delicious! They make me want to return to good old France 🙂 Merci pour la recette

RecetasMaria March 6, 2012 um 1:37 pm

I love both blogs ! Recipes and pictures are great !

Anonymous March 6, 2012 um 1:39 pm

Every single food you suggest for your ideal romantic meal a deux would be on my list…yum!

Kat – The Purple Page March 6, 2012 um 1:39 pm

This looks like a lovely cookbook and I was not aware of Bea's work so thank you for that

Barbara Hall March 6, 2012 um 1:43 pm

I love Béatruce's comment that "lunch must be cookd." I can't wait to visit her blog.


mellissa March 6, 2012 um 1:44 pm

I'm embarrassed to say that I am not familiar (yet) with Bea's blog but I am excited to check it out so thank you for sharing! Completely unrelated I LOVE the photo of the stacked cupcake papers. I can't stop looking at it! Your photography continues to inspire me.

anna March 6, 2012 um 1:44 pm

I just saw the video of Bea's book and it was so sweet and colorful, I could nearly smell and taste all the things she made and ingredients she used! If the book is anything like the video I have to buy it!! 😀

Nadia March 6, 2012 um 1:46 pm

Great giveaway! I hope I can get it))))

Franci March 6, 2012 um 1:52 pm

It looks wonderful — I'd love a copy!

Anonymous March 6, 2012 um 1:56 pm

This looks like a fantastic book to receive just in time for Spring and Summer garden parties!

Becky S March 6, 2012 um 1:58 pm

This would be a special treat to receive Bea's book. Smiles abound!

Deerskin March 6, 2012 um 1:59 pm

What a beautiful cookbook – and beautiful pictures of your own! Those chocolate financiers look very tempting. And what a wonderful opportunity for you to offer! It sounds like an interesting read, especially with the division between 'basics' and then more specific recipes.

Andrea @ LetLooseLittell March 6, 2012 um 2:00 pm

Beautiful post. I felt like I was sitting in a kitchen with you both baking and getting to know a new friends. I would love to have and share her beautiful new book!Thanks for the opportunity.

MarthaT March 6, 2012 um 2:02 pm

Thanks for introducing me to Bea's blog. I will enjoy following it, I would love to have her cookbook and I plan on making these Chocolate Financiers this weekend!

Pilarh March 6, 2012 um 2:07 pm

Sounds like a lovely book. I will love to have it!

Liron Mcley March 6, 2012 um 2:15 pm

Oh! The book and the pictures look stunning!! Love it!!

Sunnie March 6, 2012 um 2:18 pm

This looks like a great cookbook! I love to read and cook/bake. Thanks for the giveaway

Ardala Evans March 6, 2012 um 2:20 pm

This cookbook has been highly anticipated! I can't wait to read it.

Elodie March 6, 2012 um 2:22 pm

This cookbook looks great!

Jesse (Out To Lunch Creations) March 6, 2012 um 2:23 pm

I have heard so much about this book and I would love to win a copy!

dris209 March 6, 2012 um 2:29 pm

these cookbooks are so inspiring.

Bevy March 6, 2012 um 2:32 pm

The cookbook looks wonderful. Thanks for posting a give-away.

Miranda March 6, 2012 um 2:40 pm

What a lovely book!

Danielle March 6, 2012 um 2:40 pm

Bea's cookbook looks so wonderful–it's the type of book that I would stay up late reading under the covers.

Susan Nelson March 6, 2012 um 2:41 pm

What a beautiful cookbook. Thanks so much for the interview and sharing the recipe. I would love to have my own copy of the cookbook!

Danielle March 6, 2012 um 2:41 pm

I would stay up late reading Bea's book under the covers. 🙂

Monica March 6, 2012 um 2:41 pm

Both of you make me extremely proud to be French!!

Carmen. March 6, 2012 um 2:41 pm

Financiers, oh la la!!!
Great recipe and beautiful photos.

Jennifer Huntington March 6, 2012 um 2:45 pm

I have never read her blog before, but I am excited to start now!

Nang March 6, 2012 um 2:49 pm

Beautiful cookbook! Love the simplicity yet also the attention to detail!

Jessica Shivers March 6, 2012 um 2:51 pm

Beautiful pictures, so inspiring! I would love to try out the recipes in her book!

Susan March 6, 2012 um 2:52 pm

Love the cook book and your writing!
It talks me back to French vacations.
I would love a copy of the book.
Susan Brazell

kim March 6, 2012 um 2:52 pm

What a beautiful and inspirational book to add to anyones collection. Thanks for sharing and giving us the opportunity to win this marvelous book.

Claire Breiding March 6, 2012 um 2:54 pm

Excited to check out this cookbook! How exciting! I am 25 years old and I have my own baking business where I make mini dessert, specifically Cake Bites and design dessert tables for weddings and events! I am always inspired by your blog and I love this article, as it talks about going after your dreams!!!!…here's my website…


Michelle Jensen March 6, 2012 um 2:56 pm

The cover of this cookbook belongs on my shelf!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win such a delightful addition..

Alex Silva March 6, 2012 um 2:58 pm

I Love the book and the blog as well! I would like to know when the book will published on Brazil?

Thanks for recipes and wonderful blog.

[email protected]

Anonymous March 6, 2012 um 2:58 pm

I would love to win a copy of this cookbook since I am a great admirer of Bea's work&style&blog!

jennchic March 6, 2012 um 3:02 pm

As an aspiring cookbook writer and food stylist it would be wonderful to sit down with your book, Bea. It looks beautiful and inspiring. Thanks so much for the opportunity. J

Jesse Rose March 6, 2012 um 3:11 pm

I am new to this blog (loving it so far) and will now be a new reader or Bea's blog as well! The cookbook sounds wonderful and I would love to have my very own copy.

Géraldine March 6, 2012 um 3:13 pm

Béa's book is one of the best cookbooks I've seen in years! Got it from the library. I'll have to win this giveaway, or buy it! Thanks for the opportunity!

kittykate March 6, 2012 um 3:13 pm

such a beautiful cookbook!

Ann (napangel) March 6, 2012 um 3:13 pm

I can't wait to make these!

Sarah R March 6, 2012 um 3:15 pm

I love her blog, the cookbook would be a great inspiration.

Marcus March 6, 2012 um 3:16 pm

That book would go great with my budding collection of cookbooks

Just Me March 6, 2012 um 3:17 pm

These giveaways always result in me buying the book because I get so excited about it! How about, this time, I win instead?

Anonymous March 6, 2012 um 3:18 pm

I've always wanted to win a cookbook ! Plus, this one looks fabulous !

Corisa ([email protected])

KimSim March 6, 2012 um 3:22 pm

This cookbook looks beautiful!

jan March 6, 2012 um 3:29 pm

I'm drooling over the cookbook cover… gorgeous!

Kristen March 6, 2012 um 3:33 pm

Oh my this is wonderful!

inbal de-paz March 6, 2012 um 3:33 pm

I would love to get the book. It looks inspirational!

Giulia March 6, 2012 um 3:34 pm

I have this book on my Amazon wishlist. I'd love to get a copy.
Lovely post, lovely interview and as usual beautiful photos.

Anastasia March 6, 2012 um 3:36 pm

Thanks for such a lovely post! The cookbook looks wonderful.

Kookie March 6, 2012 um 3:37 pm

Mmmm, the simple pleasures in life! Love them all the way 🙂 Thanks!

Mojca March 6, 2012 um 3:38 pm

Follow both blogs for inspiration – the recipes, the beautiful photos, and your life stories. Would love to win the book, of course. Thank you for sharing.

angela@spinachtiger March 6, 2012 um 3:40 pm

La Tartine Gourmande was the first food blog I ever saw. I googled green lasagna and my life was changed. I already ordered her book, but winning a copy would be happiness. Can't think of a better gift.
Email: [email protected]

Anna March 6, 2012 um 3:44 pm

The book looks so lovely and those financiers are divine. Yum!

Frau Sonntag March 6, 2012 um 3:45 pm

Supernice, I'm so happy for her.
I truly love her work, she's inspiring.

Noelia March 6, 2012 um 3:48 pm

The book looks amazing and there is nothing better than get inspired by food every day.

Julia @The Roasted Root March 6, 2012 um 3:51 pm

Great looking recipe! I love using almond meal for just about anything and I feel like almond meal muffins always turn out having so much flavor. Great recipe!

Jan March 6, 2012 um 3:51 pm

I've purchase your book, and would love this one to add to my collection. The photos are amazing.

Mercedes March 6, 2012 um 3:52 pm

Loved your Q&A with Bea! Would love to check out the cookbook!

Helene @ Homebound March 6, 2012 um 3:54 pm

ohhhh, how much i would like to own this beauty… ♡

Julie @SavvyEats March 6, 2012 um 3:57 pm

This book looks GORGEOUS!

Erica the Ninja March 6, 2012 um 3:57 pm

Bea's blog was one of the first that I started reading…her images and recipes were so simple yet beautiful and elegant at the same time. I would love to receive a copy of her book. Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

Sarah March 6, 2012 um 4:01 pm

This cookbook looks amazingly beautiful! I'd love to win! At the very least, I'm glad to have found a new obsession! 😉

Maren March 6, 2012 um 4:11 pm

It looks like a wonderful cookbook! I love reading both yours and Beatrice's blogs.

FLOR DE MARIA March 6, 2012 um 4:21 pm

I would love, love to win the cookbook to start trying her recipes

Flor de Maria

Margo March 6, 2012 um 4:24 pm

This book sounds fantastic!

Colette (Coco) March 6, 2012 um 4:25 pm

Love the name for these friendly li'l sweeties, "financiers." Sounds so fancy.

Miss B March 6, 2012 um 4:26 pm

Gorgeous!!! It all looks delicious and I can only hope that the recipe for coconut milk tapioca is within!

Darcy March 6, 2012 um 4:27 pm

I would love to win this book–sounds amazing ! ♥

Sharyn Dimmick March 6, 2012 um 4:27 pm

I enjoyed reading your interview with Beatrice. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book.

Esme March 6, 2012 um 4:30 pm

the cookbook looks gorgeous. congrats to you.

Laura B. March 6, 2012 um 4:30 pm

Love financiers! Can't wait to try these chocolate ones!

Christie March 6, 2012 um 4:31 pm

Such beautiful photos! Thanks for the peak at this cookbook. Look's amazing!

Olivia March 6, 2012 um 4:32 pm

My mouth is salivating just by viewing the pictures!

Tami V March 6, 2012 um 4:33 pm

All of this looks lovely, and I can't wait to thumb through this cookbook and get it covered in flour and sugar! 🙂

The Bakery March 6, 2012 um 4:35 pm

Why oh why did I give up chocolate for Lent?

MB March 6, 2012 um 4:40 pm

What a lovely cookbook!

Alyse March 6, 2012 um 4:41 pm

This cookbook looks lovely, with so many beautiful photos and recipes.
It would be treasured here in our home.

Pascale March 6, 2012 um 4:41 pm

I need to bake these! The book sounds great and I plan to check out the blog as well.

Rhiannon March 6, 2012 um 4:43 pm

This book looks lovely… and I would also miss parsley the most.

Kunyo March 6, 2012 um 4:56 pm

I've been eyeing this cookbook for months now; the photography is absolutely gorgeous and the recipes are always fresh and inspiring. Speaking of which, I swear I was planning on making financiers today and a recipe just happened to drop into my lap! What luck 🙂 Thanks to both of you for always inspiring me in the kitchen!

Anonymous March 6, 2012 um 4:56 pm

Loved the interview. Thank you!

m'lis March 6, 2012 um 5:08 pm

Love your blog and hers

Sarah C. Brown March 6, 2012 um 5:09 pm

This book is beautiful and inspirational. Hoping to add it to my collection!

Lizabeth U. March 6, 2012 um 5:17 pm

This cookbook looks great! And my library system has two of them! But alas, they're new so I will have to wait a couple of weeks to get a peek at it. But it's on the list 🙂

Unknown March 6, 2012 um 5:19 pm

I have never looked at her blog. I am going there as soon as I am finished writing this!

Adrienne March 6, 2012 um 5:20 pm

This book looks like its chock full of beautiful photography. Would be great to have for some inspiration 😀

Jennie March 6, 2012 um 5:22 pm

I was just thinking how some macarons would be lovely in this spring-like weather we're having. Then I saw the chocolate financiers, and now I'm dreaming of them!

I am loving all of the bright colors and fresh-looking flavors on the cover of the cookbook! It definitely makes me want to see more and start making some of the recipes!

Colleen McCaughan March 6, 2012 um 5:26 pm

Looks like a beautiful cookbook!
Thanks, Colleen

Anonymous March 6, 2012 um 5:26 pm

I just love both of these blogs, and both of your resounding cookbooks…. Can't wait to add this new one to my inspiration shelf next to Plate to Pixel!

Cynthia Flores March 6, 2012 um 5:27 pm

This books looks sooo yummy!!! Thank you for sharing this interview!!

tbos March 6, 2012 um 5:33 pm

Always love a new good cookbook!

PaulaW March 6, 2012 um 5:36 pm

I ran to the nearest barnes and nobles and brought a copy of the book. Loved the beautiful photos and can't wait to try out her chocolate tahnini cookies. Thank you for the recommendation.

MLee March 6, 2012 um 5:46 pm

The book looks beautiful. I find this blog and La Tartine Gourmande both so inspiring.

KateSondersFoodWriter March 6, 2012 um 5:52 pm

I've been anxious to get my hand's on this cookbook. Her photos and writing are delicous! Such a lovely giveaway.

Stef March 6, 2012 um 5:54 pm

Love Bea's blog. Her photography is amazing!

Shauna March 6, 2012 um 5:54 pm

Cute, fun interview!! I love both yours and Bea's blogs- eye candy and yummy food!!! It would be wonderful to win a copy of such a beautiful book!!

Emilie in MN March 6, 2012 um 6:09 pm

What a nice giveaway. Thank you!

Anonymous March 6, 2012 um 6:10 pm

I would love to win a copy!

Anna W. March 6, 2012 um 6:22 pm

I cannot, cannot wait to explore this cookbook. Thank you so much for posting the interview, too. What a great read!

Laurel March 6, 2012 um 6:32 pm

I am itching to get a peek into this beautiful cookbook, as the cover and Bea's blog are positively gorgeous!

Nic March 6, 2012 um 6:38 pm

Count me in – you can never too many cookbooks!

Heidy March 6, 2012 um 6:46 pm

This sounds like a beautiful, creative cookbook. It is always good to infuse ideas from other places into one's cooking.

Paulina March 6, 2012 um 6:46 pm

I follow her blog and enjoy the beautiful pictures and delicious recipes! Would love to win.

Trudi S. March 6, 2012 um 7:05 pm

Looks wonderful…I'd love to win this book!

verO de delimOOn March 6, 2012 um 7:20 pm

Depuis des années, je suis le blog de Bea. J'ai beaucoup appris en photographie grâce à elle. Je me suis meme offert son livre Plate to Pixel qui est vraiment génial pour l'amateur averti.
Je me réjouie de découvrir son nouveau livre.

shanley March 6, 2012 um 7:27 pm

i've been dreaming of Paris… this could be the next best thing! Thanks!

Lorna March 6, 2012 um 7:38 pm

I would love to win this book.

Marissa March 6, 2012 um 7:42 pm

Beautiful photos! Sure hope I can take a peek in person 😉


Lynna H, March 6, 2012 um 7:50 pm

her photography is simply amazing. i bet her cookbook is filled with gorgeous pictures of her cooking!

Jennie35 March 6, 2012 um 7:50 pm

You always have appealing recipes and beautiful photos!

Susan's Scribbles March 6, 2012 um 7:55 pm

This book appears to be not only a labor of love, but one of art as well. What a delight!

Betsi March 6, 2012 um 8:08 pm

Bonne chance a moi!

fabiola March 6, 2012 um 8:20 pm

Thank you so much for this giveaway opportunity! I absolutely love following both of your lovely blogs, they are very much inspiring.

krazydelicious March 6, 2012 um 8:26 pm

The cookbook looks amazing, as do the pictures. Haven't been following Bea's blog, but am sure to start now!

Bianca @ sweet dreaming March 6, 2012 um 8:29 pm

This cookbook looks so delicious! I'd love to win 🙂

Darcy March 6, 2012 um 8:33 pm

I'd love a copy of this cookbook – I've been a fan of her blog for ages. Lovely photos and can't wait to make those financiers.

suzy March 6, 2012 um 8:36 pm

Oh how I would love to hold this cookbook in my hands. It looks lovely!


Heather March 6, 2012 um 8:37 pm

I was so excited to see Bea was publishing a cookbook of her own. Congrats, Bea, and great interview, Helene!

elizabeyta March 6, 2012 um 8:39 pm

I got this cookbook from the library and really liked how it read. I like the attitude 🙂

Naomi March 6, 2012 um 8:50 pm

a lovely book, a lovely interview and a lovely recipe: a triple threat!

lo81 March 6, 2012 um 8:52 pm

A wonderful book!

Melissa March 6, 2012 um 9:00 pm

I have to echo everyone else's comments — two greats in one post, and a great book to boot, wahoo! I would love a copy of this book, and thank you for the great 'interview'.

Nat March 6, 2012 um 10:45 pm

More beautiful photos of beautiful food. So inspiring to go create some of my own! Thank you Helene and Bea.

{britt} March 6, 2012 um 10:54 pm

Oh I love her blog, I am sure he book is just as intriguing!

Lumlet March 6, 2012 um 11:11 pm

Oh my! I have this book on my wishlist. I'd be so thrilled to win it!

Rae Jade March 6, 2012 um 11:21 pm

As a long time subscriber of "La Tartine Gourmande"'s blog site, I can't wait to get this new book. I will be owning a copy either by winning this gift, or purchasing. Thank you for this lovely opportunity.

Margaret March 6, 2012 um 11:35 pm

Another amazing post. This book would get a ton of use in my kitchen…what a jewel!!

valerie s. March 6, 2012 um 11:42 pm

Really pleased to have you and Béa to go to for advice on gluten free cooking and baking. Lovely post, lovely cookbook.

La Marquise March 6, 2012 um 11:53 pm

Love chocolate. Love financiers. The book really look delicious :)) and as always.. your photos are inspiring!!

Joyce March 7, 2012 um 12:51 am

Delightful treat and a wonderful giveaway! 🙂

Jayne March 7, 2012 um 2:24 am

I always loved her blog. To have her book in my hands would be surreal! 🙂

Tricia Oakes March 7, 2012 um 2:42 am

I would love to win such a gorgeous cookbook!

aktilot March 7, 2012 um 2:47 am

The cookbook looks wonderful! 🙂 I've enjoyed your blog for a year now, thank you for your wonderful recipes and tutorials – I would never have tackled macarons without your guidance.

Cassie March 7, 2012 um 3:03 am

So excited to find out about a new blog to follow! The cookbook looks amazing I LOVE all the beautifully colorful photos on the cover!

amna March 7, 2012 um 3:44 am

i am reading your book right now – plate to pixel – and learning quite a bit. love the tone you have used, friendly, informal, yet confident 🙂

Lindsey @ Hot Polka Dot March 7, 2012 um 3:54 am

A beautiful blog and a beautiful book!

Deppified March 7, 2012 um 3:55 am

Financiers! They look so yumz!

Kiran @ March 7, 2012 um 4:11 am

You both are so inspirational in the food photography and blogging world. I am familiar with Bea's creation and cannot wait to get my hands on her book 🙂

Dulce March 7, 2012 um 4:22 am

I follow both your blog and Bea's, I really hope I win a copy of the book, it looks beautiful

Maritxikis March 7, 2012 um 4:23 am

Bea's blog is beautiful and inspiring and a great resource form a newly gluten sensitive undiagnose person like me…just like your blog. I have made your Tupp apple cardamom cake several times, always delicious. Time to try this muffins!

Good luck every one!

WALKER, BOOK ARTIST, FLY ROD BUILDER March 7, 2012 um 5:34 am

I want to tell you how much I appreciate your inspiring blog. Do you think coconut oil could be used instead of butter in this recipe?

Thanks for all your work you do for us.

alice2 March 7, 2012 um 6:54 am

Just made financiers! Bea's blog has provided many meal inspirations 🙂

Monika March 7, 2012 um 7:22 am

When I started my blog a few years ago on a whim, Bea's blog was one of the first foreign blogs I discovered and admired. Her recipes and photos were a great inspiration for me and my work and I'm very excited to see her cookbook published. I'd love to be the owner of her wonderful book.

Uschi March 7, 2012 um 9:39 am

Love the Blog and the pictures are woderful, just like a little holiday

Me And My Sweets March 7, 2012 um 10:18 am

What an inspiring post! I'm a big fan of your pics and have tour "plate to pixel" book, it gives me really great ideas for my newbie blog:-)

jana March 7, 2012 um 10:55 am

such a good looking book!

Julíus Joy And Food March 7, 2012 um 11:11 am

I love your photos 🙂 Thanks and Good luck

aufeinwort March 7, 2012 um 11:27 am

hello from berlin,

this looks utterly lovely. i love to read cookbooks in bed:) and this seems like such a good choice. thanks so much for the giveaway, would love to win the book. best,anja

Marilyn Miller March 7, 2012 um 11:42 am

I would love having this book. Please enter me.

fujiia March 7, 2012 um 12:01 pm

I arrived here from wanting to buy the Plate to Pixel book on Amazon. A lot of good reading in perspective! As read in one of the comments: "Tartelette and Tartine all in one post"!

May March 7, 2012 um 12:15 pm

That looks like a lovely cookbook; my type of cookbook, with lovely and inspiring pictures that would just make me want to cook and be in the kitchen for hours and hours! And she's definitely right about eating with your eyes first because I know I do!

Ken│hungry rabbit March 7, 2012 um 12:34 pm

Your beautiful photography draws us into your world of food amazement.

Holly March 7, 2012 um 12:46 pm

The cookbook looks divine and I will be buying it for sure (or asking for it for Mother's Day) if I don't win a copy. Either way, I can't wait to try out some of the recipes!

Lawrence March 7, 2012 um 1:11 pm

Great looking cook book. I was also raised with a garden always close at hand with a grandmother that gathered vegetables daily and kept the fires burning.

Nay March 7, 2012 um 2:23 pm

I love the insight into the French view of meals and food!

chutneyandspice March 7, 2012 um 3:13 pm

I am so inspired by your blog and by books like this one, they feel so modern, fresh and vibrant. I have found that I don't like buying more 'traditional' cookbooks now that I am in the world of food blogging, I am much more interested in the work of bloggers and the books that they produce, especially as there seems to be an interest in nutrition as well as in cooking in many of them. Thank you.

Renee B March 7, 2012 um 3:56 pm

If the recipes are as mouthwateringly delicious as the photos, this book will be priceless! Preview a pages on, the interior design and layout is elegant and beautiful too. I'd love to win a copy!

Judy March 7, 2012 um 3:56 pm

The cookbook looks beautiful and something I would actually cook from.

Adana March 7, 2012 um 4:17 pm

fingers crossed!

Kepa March 7, 2012 um 4:34 pm

Chocolate financiers, yum!!!
As another French lady, I am very proud to see that both Bea and you are so succesful in the US. Congratulations.

Judy Gerstley March 7, 2012 um 4:43 pm

What a lovely book! Happy to see this Financier recipe uses muffin tin as I don't yet have a dedicated Financier pan, can't wait to try!

Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet March 7, 2012 um 5:09 pm

I absolutely adore Bea's blog… I have such a connection to the idea of a slow, leisurely life and reading her blog gives me a little glimpse into that life. Even when I'm sitting at my desk at work, reading on my lunch break, when I feel like I have no leisure in my life at all. The 5 minutes it takes for me to read her blog gives me that leisure.

Karan S March 7, 2012 um 6:45 pm

What a wonderful cookbook and blog! I look forward to exploring both!

anne March 7, 2012 um 7:06 pm

looks beautiful and delicious!

Jennie March 7, 2012 um 7:15 pm

I'd love to have a copy of this gorgeous cookbook!

Kevin Brightbill March 7, 2012 um 7:37 pm

Such a beautiful book!

Sabrine d'Aubergine March 7, 2012 um 7:58 pm

Ah! … I would love it…


[email protected] March 7, 2012 um 8:08 pm

I have been waiting for this book! i adore french cooking and am trying to go to france this year so i can sample some authentic french cuisine 🙂

Bonnie March 7, 2012 um 8:26 pm

I wouls love a copy of this book. The photo on the cover is beautiful and well worth the price, But I still hope I win one. Love it.

Linda and Matthew March 7, 2012 um 8:32 pm

Sounds like a lovely cookbook!

Christina @ Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe March 7, 2012 um 9:06 pm

OooOooooo! This looks divine!!! So excited!

Elissa Sato March 7, 2012 um 9:19 pm

Love her blog, would love her book!

Elaine March 7, 2012 um 9:23 pm

Thanks for the heads-up about this wonderful looking new book!

Michelle March 7, 2012 um 9:46 pm

Everything looks delicious! Cannot wait to try them 🙂

i bambini preziosi March 7, 2012 um 9:46 pm

I follow Bea's blog and would love to have a copy of her beautiful book! We eat her chocolate granola all winter long 🙂

Anonymous March 7, 2012 um 9:47 pm

Hello! I love Bea's book and recipes, I just posted a review in Spanish last Sunday 🙂
I have the book, but I would like to enter the contest to send one copy to my mom. Thanks so much.

Maddie March 7, 2012 um 10:55 pm

This cookbook looks so adorable and yummy! 🙂

Denise K March 7, 2012 um 11:10 pm

This looks like a beautiful book full of inspiring recipes and stories!

IB March 7, 2012 um 11:11 pm

I really like the look and feel of those photos, absolutely lovely! Now on to making financiers…!

Priya March 7, 2012 um 11:33 pm

Bea's photography and cooking style have always been inspiring, the way in which she presents the recipe /ingredients is fabulous.

Kristin March 8, 2012 um 12:26 am

Win the giveaway or not I can't wait to see the pages inside this cookbook!

leslie March 8, 2012 um 12:58 am

I love Bea's blog – and this one, too! – and would love to have a copy of her cookbook.

heather March 8, 2012 um 1:33 am

This book looks like a truly inspiring collection of recipes. I hope I'm the lucky winner!

Angela DeCenzo March 8, 2012 um 2:11 am

I love your image of the stacked cup cake papers. Lovely!

Pamela Herrick March 8, 2012 um 2:39 am

What a lovely looking book. It would be a beautiful addition to my cookbook collection. I do love your blog, Many thanks!

Cindy Martin March 8, 2012 um 3:03 am

Hi Helene! I can't decide if I love the book cover or your photos on this blog post best! Thanks for sharing a gluten-free chocolate recipe. Def. sharing! xx

Molly Pisula March 8, 2012 um 3:47 am

Loved the interview—thanks for sharing such fun questions and answers!

Forge + Freshet March 8, 2012 um 3:56 am

such beautiful images. the idea of an inspired life in the kitchen is profound! fingers crossed…. thanks!

Debbi_in_California March 8, 2012 um 4:45 am

Cook book come to me. Lol

Keli March 8, 2012 um 4:47 am

Just looking at the cover, I can tell this is a visually stunning cookbook. Would love to have a copy!

Rebecca March 8, 2012 um 5:07 am

This cookbook looks and sounds amazing and I've heard so many delightful reviews! Thanks for sharing the interview!

Lindsay March 8, 2012 um 5:23 am

Love Bea's quote on taking a lunch-Sadly a forgotten tradition among so many these days.

Mélanie March 8, 2012 um 6:15 am

Bea's book looks great ! Can't wait to read it !

Mara March 8, 2012 um 6:46 am

This sounds exactly like the kind of cookbook I love!

TK March 8, 2012 um 7:07 am

Oh My Goodness! The book looks so wonderful!

Anonymous March 8, 2012 um 7:30 am

love to have the book!…Olga

Reni March 8, 2012 um 7:37 am

I'm an avid reader of your's and Bea's blog even if only a quiet one, since I rarely comments. But I surely enjoy reading about your family and life stories and offcourse the recipes. I have tried quite a few of your's and Bea's recipes, and they're wonderful. Thanks for sharing it ! 'Would love to get a copy of Bea's book, since I cannot get it here.

Gail Lloyd March 8, 2012 um 8:53 am

Bea's book looks beautiful. I love her idea's about food, and life.

Robin March 8, 2012 um 11:36 am

What a beautiful cookbook! (:

Helle (Helen) March 8, 2012 um 12:43 pm

Sorry if I'm sending this twice, something didn't seem to work the first time.

Coming from a family where eating was something to get over and done with as quickly as possible, I love reading cookbooks by people who enjoy sharing their love of food and cooking.

chouette22 March 8, 2012 um 12:55 pm

Oh, I would love to win this book! Thank you so much for this give-away.

Mary Jane March 8, 2012 um 1:41 pm

A beautiful book that I would love to add to my collection.

Thank you for the inspiration.

Amy from Appetite for Discovery March 8, 2012 um 1:52 pm

Looks like such a beautiful cookbook – love the cover!

Amanda March 8, 2012 um 3:38 pm

This book looks fabulous!!!

mbh March 8, 2012 um 4:01 pm

this is a gorgeous cookbook and the added bonus for many of us is that the recipes are gluten free!

Sara E. March 8, 2012 um 4:08 pm

As always when I start my mornings on your site I am never disappointed! What gorgeous pictures and I think its so great that you delight in your peer's successes this way! Always an inspiration….whether its your photos or just your excitement about this cookbook, it makes for a very happy start to the day! Thank you 🙂

Jenifer A Smith March 8, 2012 um 4:53 pm

Great giveaway, I love your photography! Hope I win:)

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Kayla March 8, 2012 um 5:34 pm

What a wonderful treat. I bet the book is fantastic.

spring b March 8, 2012 um 6:01 pm

Beautiful cover! I would love to have this book 🙂

Jessica March 8, 2012 um 6:49 pm

The cookbook looks inspiring!

Anonymous March 8, 2012 um 7:33 pm

You are always an inspiration. I absolutely love your blog.

Janine March 8, 2012 um 7:47 pm

I've been waiting for her cookbook from the library. It would be wonderful to win a copy!

chroniclesofasingleton March 8, 2012 um 7:59 pm

I love all things French so no doubt that this one is a winner. But its always exciting to see a person take a leap, to deviate from the norm and dive into what they love to do best. I'm sure her book will inspire us to do the same as well.

Svetlana March 8, 2012 um 8:11 pm

This looks absolutely fabulous. I can't wait to start on this.

Thank you.

Svetlana March 8, 2012 um 8:12 pm

This looks fabulous. I can't wait to start.
Thank you.

Kelli March 8, 2012 um 9:28 pm

Love your recipes!

Unknown March 8, 2012 um 9:43 pm

would love to win a copy!

chibiume March 8, 2012 um 10:08 pm

Must try out this recipe!

Gloria March 8, 2012 um 10:30 pm

Thank you so much for introducing some of us to Bea! Would love to have a copy of such a lovely book!

Amanda K March 8, 2012 um 11:47 pm

What a beautiful book! THanks!

Chris McLean March 9, 2012 um 12:10 am

Your blog is inspirational to me – not just the food, but the writing and images as well.

Ana Elizabeth March 9, 2012 um 12:51 am

The book looks gorgeous! I'm currently building my recipe library, so this would be a lovely gift to win!

Chelsea March 9, 2012 um 2:29 am

The book looks absolutely glorious. I can't wait to see it in real life!

Sarah W, March 9, 2012 um 2:48 am

I can't wait to make something from this cookbook!

Karen @ Sugartown Sweets March 9, 2012 um 2:49 am

Looks like a beautiful cookbook!

Colleen March 9, 2012 um 3:14 am

absolutely lovely, thank you for sharing!

Nicole March 9, 2012 um 4:11 am

I loved reading that Bea's cooking inspiration was her mother and that side of the family. I grew up in the kitchen alongside by mother and grandmother and it seems my childhood memories are all centered around food – the good and the bad. I love this.

Lande-Diner March 9, 2012 um 5:57 pm

thanks for hosting this!

Stephanie Agana March 11, 2012 um 1:20 am

What inspirational photography on both ends! Thank you 🙂

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