The verb tartiner means to spread, and the noun, tartine, is what you get when you spread something on bread. So, buttered toast can be a tartine, but so can an open-faced sandwich. The French have a knack for tartines, finding ways to turn a slice of bread into a pretty lunch, a nice first course, or a good dessert. For more on tartines, see page 41.

Dorie Greenspan

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