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Wonderful photos of Chocolate Hazelnut Tart, Raspberry Crème Brûlée Tartlets and Vidalia Onion Tart are so inspiring, and with Holly Herrick’s guidance you can make tarts that look as beautiful as those in Tart Love. Show off your baking skills so many different ways by the perfect placement of fruit in the Strawberry ’n’ Cream Dream Tart, the crimped edges of the Roasted Tomato & Garlic Tart with Fresh Marjoram & Fontina…not to mention irresistible flavor combinations like Rhubarb & Apricot and Peach & Pancetta with Chèvre. When it comes to tools, techniques and ingredients Herrick believes that simple is best. With her advice you'll master perfectly flaky pastry and turn out simply delicious sweet and savory treats. Color photos.

(40 Years The Good Cook 2011-07-27)

Holly amplifies the marriage of her southern roots with her culinary training in France to produce recipes that take the best from both worlds. There's a decadent Lavender Buttermilk Tart---a little bit Provence, a little bit Charleston. There's a Tuna Nicoise Tart as well as several tarts using sweet potatoes. Technique sometimes French, ingredients sometimes southern. The combination is sublime and works for American cooks who can easily find the ingredients she uses."

(Hillary Davis 2011-07-31)

Queen of Tarts

Holly Herrick's latest cookbook 'Tart Love' is an adventure into the history of the tart and its many cousins. With a focus on freshness, she unites soulful southern ingredients with chic French refinement. In doing so Holly creates miniature pies with a flavor and character that's as diverse as her abounding culinary resume. After so many months in the world of these tiny treats she eventually dubbed herself the "queen of tarts" and when you explore this delicious tome you'll agree the nickname fits. Stumble into her latest wonderland of easy-to-follow recipes and you'll be able to fill a piecrust for any occasion!

(The Local Palate: Food Culture of Charleston 2011-09-01)

If you're thinking tarts are just for dessert, Herrick's book will open a whole new world for you. She starts with two manageable master pastry recipes - one sweet, one savory - and builds the book around them. There are more than 50 original tart recipes - appetizers, main courses, side dishes and, yes, desserts. Who would have dreamed of Lowcountry Boil Tart, Feisty Fried Shrimp and Grits Pockets, and Tomato Tart a la Margherita? The Sage Green Apple and Aged Cheddar Tart is at the top of my list to try as well. (Ann Thrash Charleston Currents 2011-09-06)

"It's all about the temperature of the pastry-that's the challenge," she explains. Luckily, after a lifetime in the kitchen-and this past year spent visiting the Marion Square farmers market every weekend to collect fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and cheeses-she's got it down to a science and is ready to share her knowledge. It shouldn't be a hard sell. From pear with Roquefort to panna cotta with roasted figs, Tart Love has, as she says, "a tart to satisfy every soul." (Kinsey Gidick, "Quick Bite: Queen of Tarts" Charleston Magazine 2011-10-01)

In this book Holly de-mystifies the art of the sweet and savory pastry crust. Her writing is simple, to the point and well thought out. You will feel the need to make tarts every minute. These pastries exude elegance, but in reality they are very doable. Besides, I love the fact that you can make stunning designs on the top ... Tarts are perfect for all kinds of entertaining from showers to brunches, tea parties and more. Could you imagine bringing out a stunning Vanilla-Dipped Pear and Chocolate Tart (featured on the book cover) at your next family gathering? Please don't wait until then. Make one for the weekend. You will be very glad you did.

(Marla Meredith Family Fresh Cooking 2011-09-26)

Who doesn't love a bit of puff pastry? American chef Holly Herrick was trained in France and covers everything from lavender buttermilk to peach, pancetta and chèvre.

(Kate Watson-Smyth The Independent 2011-10-10)

The Le Cordon Bleu-trained pastry chef has produced a volume that's just as savory to look at as the tantalizing tarts you'll soon be serving up. Herrick deftly takes the intimidation out of tart making, simplifying the process by offering up two master pastry recipes - one savory, one sweet - that form the foundation for 50 glorious one-crust works of art. With a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients and Herrick's step-by-step guidance, you'll quickly become "Queen of Tarts" in your own kitchen.

(Libby Wiersema Florence Morning News 2011-10-19)

The form mandates the function and filling of tarts, Herrick says. 'I like to think of it as matching the right shoe with the right dress.'

For example, for one of her tarts in which apple slices overlay each other like dominoes, a rectangular pan works best. It would be tricky cutting through the fruit and crust in a round pan, she says. As for crusts, Herrick offers her simple "master" recipes for both sweet and savory doughs and a number of tips for working with them.

(Teresa Taylor The Post and Courier 2011-10-26)

When it comes to food, Holly knows what she is talking about. She is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, and even lived in France for a while where she was introduced to the wonderful world of tarts. This is a beautiful cookbook. The photographs were taken by Helene Dujardin, who is from Charleston, also. I became acquainted with her work when Pioneer Woman featured her. When I think of tarts, I usually think of things that are made in tart pans. But this book also has all types of things made with pastry ...

I made this dessert today, fueled by the fact that I received this book in the mail yesterday. It was sent to me by Holly Herrick, the author of this gorgeous cookbook. She graciously provided the book for us to give away to one of our lucky readers, and she has even signed it. This book was just released this past October.

Leo and I became familiar with Holly when we lived near Charleston, SC. Holly was a restaurant critic and wrote a weekly column for the Post and Courier Newspaper. At the time, Leo and I thought that she had the dream job. We tried our best to eat in every restaurant in Charleston. We couldn’t do it because there are so many good restaurants there. Leo gained 30 pounds the first year we lived in Charleston!

Since then, Holly has gone on to write several cookbooks such as Southern Farmers Market Cookbook, and The Charleston Chef’s Table Cookbook. Her most recent book, Food Lovers’ Charleston and Savannah-A Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, and Local Culinary Offerings will be in bookstores within a few days and is available now on

When it comes to food, Holly knows what she is talking about. She is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, and even lived in France for a while where she was introduced to the wonderful world of tarts.

This is a beautiful cookbook. The photographs were taken by Helene Dujardin, who is from Charleston, also. I became acquainted with her work when Pioneer Woman featured her. When I think of tarts, I usually think of things that are made in tart pans. But this book also has all types of things made with pastry such as these delicious looking crab canapes and these eggplant and cream cheese tapenade tartlets made with puff pastry this pot roast pot pie and this phenomenal looking tomato tart!

So before I could possibly give this cookbook away, I had to try at least one of these recipes. And since I’m looking for a dessert to serve Christmas Eve, I chose to make this. Who can pass up a recipe using this?

So this afternoon, I made my tart. Holly has some very precise directions for making your own pastry. She recommends using White Lily flour and very cold Land O’ Lakes butter.

Here’s my homemade pastry in the tart pan! Holly has a video on her website here that shows you how to transfer your dough to the tart pan. It really helped me. I added the Nutella mixture into the pan and baked it for 40 minutes. I did substitute pecans for the hazelnuts in the recipe because I have a lot of pecans!

And out of the oven came this delicious looking thing! Leo declared that it was indeed delicious. It’s very chocolaty and not very sweet. I will definitely have this on the menu Christmas Eve. Holly, Leo took this photo of me just for you!

This tart is Lucy approved!

So if you’d like your own copy of Tart Love so that you can have this recipe, or if you have someone on your gift list that would love this cookbook as a gift, then enter our giveaway. We will pick a winner Friday night, Dec. 16 at 10 pm, EST, in order to get the book in the mail quickly. The giveaway is limited to residents of the US. All you have to do to enter is:

Become a follower of our blog through Google Friend Connect or become an email subscriber or both. And if you are already a follower or subscriber, just leave a comment telling me so. You do not have to have a blog to enter the giveaway. Just leave a comment on this post and include your email address so that I can contact you if you win. I’d like to thank Holly for donating her wonderful cookbook for this giveaway, and thank you for visiting the Cottage at the Crossroads today.

(Jane 2011-12-13)

My father is a framer. He takes art, already remarkable in and of itself, and envelopes it in details that you didn’t realize were missing from the original piece until they appear. His eye catches ingredients within the piece―a paint brush swath of color; sunshine bouncing around a photograph of a child; or the assumed real spectrum of hues in an otherwise black-and-white image―and accentuates them in his choice of matting and materials, which ultimately give the art its due.

I was reminded of his process and results when I flipped through Holly Herrick’s Tart Love: Sassy, Savory and Sweet, a cookbook devoted entirely to tarts, which she calls “an open-faced skinny kind of pie… pies’ sleeker, sexier culinary cousin.” The book captivated me like one of my dad’s projects always does, forcing me to stare for a while, take in the details and reconsider everything I already know. She takes combinations of ingredients―some classic, some original―and frames them with pastry, either savory or sweet, showcasing flavors and textures in ways that never crossed my mind. Until I saw them.

Herrick creatively spins what’s already apparent, in season, available. Take her description of Vanilla-Dipped Pear and Chocolate Tartlets, for example:

“In these delicious, vanilla-drenched tartlets (there is even vanilla in the pastry!), the vanilla-cinnamon-poached pear halves nestle into virtually flourless chocolate cake pillows of deliciousness.”

Photographer Helene DuJardin’s stunning images draw the art out of recipes like Plenty of Thyme Parmesan and Black Pepper-Encrusted Summer Squash Tart or Tomato Tart a la Margherita or Strawberry ‘n’ Cream Dream Tart.

The imagery from Herrick’s clear, professional instruction convinces me of my own ability to create a finished product as lovely as Panna Cotta Tart with Roasted Fresh Figs in Balsamic Honey Sauce. The four pages dedicated to the technique of perfecting pastry are as enlightening and helpful as any hands-on course I’ve taken or work I’ve done. Since she builds her recipes off of two tart doughs, Master Savory Pastry and Master Sweet Pastry, taking the time to read and learn ensures that the frame crust is as good as it can be.

After all, a shoddy frame will ruin the most perfect art.I’d love to share a copy of Holly Herrick’s Tart Love with an interested reader. Tell me in the comments who you’d gift it to (yourself included!) during this holiday season and why. I’ll get the copy to one lucky winner before December 25th.

If you’re looking for other gift ideas for cooks in your life, here are seven suggestions.

(Tara Mataraza 2011-12-14)

Holly’s book Tart Love Sassy, Savory and Sweet is everything the title describes. It is filled with stories of what inspired her to become a pastry chef, and the people who inspired her along the way. Holly has included recipes for tarts and tartlets, both savory and sweet, as well as savory pies, pot pies, quiches and pockets. (Vivian Boroff 2012-02-10)

I love the book! Besides the beautiful pictures and recipes, what is needed to make a good tart, basic tart recipes with step by step instructions and tips are given on the first 8 pages of the book. Then you just dive into the world of tarts. Of course, I had to start with Nutella Tart. I have made it twice in a month. I also made Sweet Potato Tart for Thanksgiving meal as well as an appetizer from the book. Sweet potato tart was very well received on Thanksgiving and I will give the recipe for that soon as well. (Ilke Erdogan Ilke's Kitchen 2012-11-25)

From the Inside Flap

What is a tart? It’s an open-faced, skinny kind of pie. It never has a double crust (like an apple pie might) and can be filled with anything from custard to Camembert.

Here is a short, delicious course in tart making. Filled with sweet and savory recipes for marvelous little pies, Tart Love also guides you in using seasonal fruits and produce to create scrumptious, palate-pleasing desserts and main-dish tarts.

Holly Herrick shares methods and recipes for fresh tart versions of southern favorites, like Feisty Fried Shrimp and Grits Pockets, savory Lowcountry Boil Puff Tart, and sweet Lavender Buttermilk Tart. Her step-by-step instructions will have you making perfect pastry in no time, and master pastry recipes will let you make all the recipes in this book plus creations of your own.

With tarts, the filling and presentation possibilities are endless.

Author Holly Herrick loves to eat, prepare, and write about delicious food. A graduate of Boston College, she started chasing her food writing dreams in Paris, France, where she studied at Le Cordon Bleu and earned Le Grande Diplome in Cuisine and Pastry. A longtime restaurant critic for the Post and Courier, Charleston, South Carolina’s daily newspaper, Holly has also written many general food and travel features for the newspaper and several magazines, including Southern Living and Bon Appetit. A multi-awarded food writer, Holly is the author of Southern Farmers Market Cookbook and The Charleston Chef’s Table Cookbook: Extraordinary Recipes from the Heart of the Old South. She lives in Charleston. Visit Holly’s web site and blog at


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423618947
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423618942
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #617,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Holly Herrick is a bona fide lover of delicious food and life in general. Born in Alabama and raised in New England, Herrick's roots hail back to rural life. Later, she attended Boston College as a journalism major and began her food-writing career with a Grande Diplome in pastry and cuisine from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France.

Holly is a first-place national award-winning restaurant critic and food writer. She's written features and columns for many magazines, including Southern Living, Lowcountry Living, Bon Appetit and more. Her first book, Southern Farmers Market Cookbook (Gibbs Smith) was released in June, 2009. Holly's second book, The Charleston Chef's Table Cookbook - Extraordinary Recipes from the Heart of the Old South (Three Forks Press) was released in December, 2009. Tart Love - Sassy, Sweet, and Savory, a delicious and facile instructive nod to Holly's love of tarts via her education and life in France, was released October 1, 2011(Gibbs Smith). Food Lovers' Guide to Charleston and Savannah - The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings (Globe Pequot Press, December, 20, 2011), reflects Holly' love and culinary familiarity with both of these great Southern cities and the best food and foodie destinations they offer.

Holly's most recent books hail to Holly's classical French training roots. The French Cook: Sauces (Gibbs Smith, March 2013) invites readers to embrace the worlds of delicious and versatile classical French mother sauces for easy home meals with fine sauce panache. And the freshly released French Cook: Cream Puffs and Eclairs (Gibbs Smith, October 2013) enters the delicious realm of sweet and savory choux pastry delights.

Holly resides happily in beautiful Charleson, SC with her chocolate cocker spaniel therapy dog, Tann Mann and her chubby cat, Chutney. As always, she wishes you "Bon Appetit!"

Please visit Holly's active Facebook page:

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cultured Purl on November 18, 2011
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At first, thought that this book had WAY too few sweet tarts,
We have a mini orchard on our property as well as a multitude of berries, cherries and currents so I had been using Martha Stewart's Pies and tarts book w/ a great deal of success since I purchased it and use it a LOT!
I had loved the variety of basic doughs( there are a lot more in that book) so at first I was disappointed to see the heavy amount of savory tarts in this book vs the sweeter tarts,,,,,,that was until I TRIED ONE!

Ok,,,,, I admit I was wrong, I think the balance of the 2 books is great, but I would not have one w/o the other if I were into making tarts ( and pies) as I am ~
DH LOVES savory tarts, is so -so on fruit tarts ( he prefers a good pie as I think most men do ),so while I do a LOT of canning of our fruit for applesauce, pearsauce , cherries etc,I was disappointed at first,,,,,,,but,,,, I think the savory tarts are the REAL deal in this book!
I do not like ,however, that the author only uses one kind of flour ( Lily flour ) b/c I am not going to pay to ship FLOUR to my home when I can get perfectly good flour at Whole foods, even tho she swears by it and says it makes a huge difference ( and I HOPE not that much of a difference as I go thru the recipes!) I want to know I will be OK using a good grad of flour from Whole Foods~
I am not a resturant so I am hoping it will be OK to use flour from a good store and make a good tart to the best of my abilty!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Normal Guy on August 27, 2012
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I got this book a few weeks ago, and have only had a chance to try one recipe so far, but it was FANTASTIC! (Heirloom Tomato and Marjoram Tart). The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was the fact that it really didn't have very many recipes in it. Price per recipe is high...especially these days when so many recipes can be found for free on-line. Amazon price is good (I paid full price in a gift shop), so that would help somewhat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Tran on March 4, 2012
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I baked a few recipes from this book and it was wonderful. The recipes is simple and turned out tasting good. The pictures is mouth watering. The book contained both sweet and savory tarts. I can't wait to bake my way through the book.
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By calbearkid on June 15, 2014
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Only tried out on recipe so far (peach, pancetta goat cheese crystallized ginger tartlet) but it turned out great! The instructions on tart dough were straightforward and easy to follow. I used my kitchenaid mixer and it worked well. The tarts were a gotta out party and I can't wait to try out some of the other recipes in the book!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michele Whiteaker on December 26, 2011
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This recipe book is absolutely amazing, beautiful and open your appetite !
I like to bake gluten-free goodies and i can even adapt these recipes with my
Gluten-free flours.
Have to buy it !
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What a beautiful book. The recipes are clear and well organized. The photos are gorgeous! I highly recommend this book for both beginner and experienced bakers. I love the fact that there are many savory as well as sweet tart recipes.
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By Jing on March 18, 2014
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Holly Herrick is no doubt a tart lover, just look how she added personal twists in traditional recipes. Some ingreidents might not very easy to find in supermarkets, but the results worth the effort.
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