A tartar sauce from Claude Monet’s cooking notebooks



When I was a teenager, I became very interested in French art, specifically French Impressionist art. I loved Claude Monet’s paintings. While reading about his works, I discovered that he was not only interested in painting, but also considerably interested in cooking. At that time, I was not so interested in cooking but I remembered that the recipes from his notebooks were published in a book.

Here is a photo of a page from one of his notebooks.


And here is the cookbook, which I recently bought after visiting his house in France


This tartar sauce is from the cookbook and it is just delicious. It is meant to go with any kind of seafood and cold chicken. We tried it with prawns and even over chips and it was fantastic. Claude knew what he was about!

Here he is in his dining room.


And here are his kitchen and dining room now.



Just beautiful.

Here is the recipe!

Makes 250 ml

3 hard boiled egg yolks
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
3 shallots
2 sprigs of parsley or chervil, chopped finely
6 spring onions or 2 sprigs fresh tarragon, chopped finely (I used tarragon)
4 tablespoons groundnut oil (I used olive oil)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon capers

1. Mash the hard boiled egg yolks with the mustard, vinegar, shallots and herbs.
2. Add the oil gradually, beating with a hand mixer or whisk as if making mayonnaise.
3. Season with salt and pepper and add the capers.

Enjoy! Xxxx Natascha

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18 thoughts on “A tartar sauce from Claude Monet’s cooking notebooks

  1. I’m not a particular fan of tartar sauce, but I love the rooms–the copper pots and pans and the tile in the kitchen and the beautiful yellow dining room We saw a special exhibition of Impressionist works at the Philadelphia Museum of Art this past June. There was a wall lined with his series on poplars that he painted before they were cut down. It’s nice to know that the house and gardens are still there. πŸ™‚

    1. I agree! I love the rooms! I never would have thought of yellow in a dining room but it just glows in the sunlight! And yes, I want that kitchen..as well as all the utensils! The house is intact and the garden is well looked after. Just gorgeous! Thank you for your comment xxxxx

    1. Oh thanks a lot! You can find it on amazon for 50 cents! The first part of the book talks about his life in Giverny and his interest in cooking. Really interesting. Then there are the recipes which look great. The photos of the garden and his house are wonderful. 😘😘😘😘😘

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