Ratatouille is one of the most famous French dishes. The stew is made of fresh vegetables: zucchini, aubergine, tomatoes, onions and peppers. The name of the stew comes from verb “touiller” which means “to stir up”. The dish was already mentioned in the 18th century.
There are many methods of preparation of this dish, I was lucky that I have found the perfect recipe already when I tried to cook this dish the first time.
The recipe below comes from the best book about french cooking “The Mastering of French Cooking” from Julia Child. This recipe is for those of you who like cooking and don’t mind spending some time in the kitchen to prepare something that tastes just perfect. I was really excited to surprise my husband with this dish – who was actually not too amused when he has heard what I have prepared for him. He said that he doesn’t like ratatouille much, so I was very curious what he will say about stew that I have prepared. It was the best ratatouille that he has ever eaten in his life. I was so relieved. The ratatouille he has eaten before had a lot of liquid, which is a sign that it was prepared in the wrong way. The most important thing, while cooking this dish is to fry the vegetables separately. It might take a while, but trust me on this – its worth it. If you want to avoid having vegetable soup instead of the traditional ratatouille you really need to follow Julia Childs instructions. In French cooking there are no shortcuts! Good food simply takes time.
I hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as we did. If that was your first time cooking ratatouille I am pretty sure you will not be searching for another recipe for the rest of your life.


I am a Web Designer & Developer on a daily basis. Travelling and cooking sre my biggest hobbies and thats how I spend the most of my free time. Discovering new cultures and most of all - new eating culutres has been a lot of fun and I am always looking forward to cooking something traditional from every part of our planet.

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