Toulouse-Lautrec’s Gratin of Pumpkin

A colourful and tasty contribution with artistic inspiration for this month’s The Cookbook Guru book of choice.

Happy Reading and Happy Cooking,


Sharing The Food We Love

Pumpkin Gratin a la Toulouse Loutrec

When browsing through a cookbook some recipes literally leap from the pages and beg for more attention.  Generally it is the ingredient combination that appeals to me first, but in this case it was the recipe combined with a wonderful tale of the origins of the dish, being inspired by the colours of a piece of artwork.  If you’re not already aware, one of the other hats I proudly wear is as an artist.  I love colour and find cooking as satisfying as painting because it appeals to all the senses.

4Jane Grigson tells the story in her book of Vuillard, a fellow painter, creating this image of Toulouse-Lautrec (1898) whilst he was preparing a meal for his friends in his home in Alba. Portrait of Henri Toulouse-Lautrec by Edouard Vuillard Apparently he loved to cook and share his food and flavours with his fellow painters and was at home with food in his hands as he…

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