I joined a book club a while ago and the first book I read for it was The Paris Wife. Meetings of our club require food, of course! It’s sort of a pot luck type deal. Because we read a book set in France, I decided to bring something french. Oo la la. Right? Now, this tart wasn’t actually in the book, but if Hadley Hemingway were to make a pear tart it would have been just like this one (I tell myself anyway.)
The Paris Wife tells the story of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Hadley. I thought it was simply written (which is good) but wonder about this technique of taking a real life event, one that already has a fiction book written about the time (by Ernest himself no less) and writing another fictional piece from a different character’s point of view? It worked out well in this case, the book is worth the read – but I sort of felt like the author cheated a bit. How could these plot points not produce a good story? They already did! You can read what one of the club members thought here.
I will confess that I’ve not read anything by Hemingway yet and this book makes me want to do so. I also will confess that the whole notion of living in Paris on cheap wine, in a flat with no bathroom and struggling to hone the craft of writing is a very romantic idea. I’m signing myself up for that in my next life.
Ok, Tart time! I found this recipe at Easy French Food, but had to Google around for how to make the shell and so I thought I’d just put the two together for you and save you some time. This is deceptively easy to make and I think it would be fun to change up the fruit – raspberries would be beautiful and yummy!
This tart is best served at room temp but you’ll want to put any leftovers in the fridge.