The pages of my edition of The Art of the Tart are smeared with butter and dusted with flour as I've cooked from it over and over again. I knew I had to have the follow up. This is a different kettle of fish though. Although TAOTT had anecdotes and personal stories introducing the recipes, this book has a heavy dose of memoir and personal commentary about food as well as a selection of new tarts and old.
It's beautifully produced - small in size (equivalent to a paperback) so it fits into the hand neatly. The hardback cover is gives a sturdy generous feel, the embossed illustrations are whimsical and the photography of the recipes is informal but inviting. A page marking ribbon is the perfect final touch. I've just finished reading it in one sitting and concur with so many of the issues about food and diet that Tamasin Day Lewis raises. Not that this is abstemious in any shape or form - it's a celebration of tarts once again and much, much more.