The Romance of Tristan and Iseult

I am bragging about my daughter’s pastry skills today.

One of the assignments in her Pastry Chef course was to create a chocolate piece based on the literary classic Tristan and Iseult, the tragic romantic legend made popular during the 12th century by the French writer, Joseph Bedier.

 Both Catherine’s father and I are avid readers. As a child we read to her at night-time and put books in her hands. I’m sure you’re familiar with the research that to turn a child into a reader surround her with books and people who read.

Catherine is proof that this theory does not always work. She does not like reading and so rather than read the book for this assignment she browsed the internet and found a marble sculpture of Tristan and Isuelt by Roger Stephens.

Inspired by this sculpture she created her own marble like sculpture made of white and dark chocolate.

Tristan and Isuet (2)

 Fold your arms round me close and strain me so that our hearts may break and our souls go free at last. Take me to that happy place of which you told me long ago. The fields whence none return, but where great singers sing their songs forever. The Romance of Tristan and Iseult

To view more of Catherine’s Pastries click here. 

You can read Tristan and Isuelt free here and here.  

Have you read Tristan and Iseult? 

56 thoughts on “The Romance of Tristan and Iseult

  1. I haven’t read a lot of the classics. Probably because I got hooked on historical romances when I was twelve, and because I usually read my favorites: Shakespeare, and the Bronte sisters.

    Your daughter sounds like my husband. He doesn’t like reading; says it just puts him to sleep. 🙂


    • Reading puts me to sleep as well but for a different reason.It has to be a good book, one that I’m drawn into. These kinds of books are like my sleeping pills.
      I think what happens is that I am so into the story that any worries that might keep me from falling asleep are washed away,


  2. Carol – How very creative!! I’m quite impressed. And even if your daughter isn’t a reader, the experience of being surrounded by books has been good for her.


  3. The 2/3 proportion seems to be quite common in our families. 😀
    Catherine obviously has other qualities – as does my daughter.
    I have to admit that I haven’t read Tristan et Iseult, yet. 😦


    • As writers we put a lot of emphasis on the importance of reading and want to share this love with others.
      You’re so right that they have other qualities.
      Tristan and Isuelt is a very difficult read (for me).Written in poetic form and well….it is 12th Century after all:)


  4. Another informative post Carol, with more food for thought; no pun intended, lol. What a fabulous creation your daughter has made. Now you know where her creative talents lie. 🙂


  5. A sculpture made of white and dark chocolate sounds delicious. I haven’t read the book, to my disappointment, but right now I can’t move past the idea of the cake, and how great it must be. Congrats to your daughter.


    • Thanks…I’ll pass on the compliment to her. Thanks for reading and commenting:)
      The book is pretty heavy, in my opinion. 12 th century poetry is not something I process easily:)
      As one blogger noted, I prefer to eat the chocolate than read the book!
      Oh, we’re such literary minded:)


  6. A Celtic adulterous love triangle expressed in Mexican chocolate and ingested to the tune of romantic (?!?) Wagnerian music. Hmmm… I wonder what would Catherine have done had the assignment been on Abélard and Héloise… 😉


  7. Catherine is amazing. Gee, I wish my daughter was a pastry chef! I always read to the kids and had plenty of books and read and brought them to class with me (English class, of course). They aren’t readers. Sigh.


  8. Perfer to eat the chocolat than read it as well. I guess the internet has something to do with it. Google teaches me now a days although I am aware you must not believe everything you see/read on the internet. Great subject Carol and the chocolat looked yummy Catherine. Bravo laidies…


  9. I read that as “Tristan and Isolde” but I am sure this is the same story! I love the creativity in looking up the marble sculpture and then, using the chocolates to become a replica of this! Great way to raise a well-rounded daughter who is inventive and unique! I have an artistic daughter and two other who are creative. I am proud when they use their ingenuity! Smiles, Robin


  10. Carol, like you, my son could always find me reading a book. I tried my darnedest to buy him books that he would read. I even bought those ones where the reader has a choice of endings and would lead to a second, third, etc. books. He wasn’t interested. And get this — he has a photographic memory. What a waste!

    I went to the page that has your daughter’s pastries. Yummm! That apple pie is beautiful. I bet it tastes the same way. 🙂


    • Thanks, Glynis for reading and commenting.

      I guess not everyone is a reader and we have to acknowledge that there are other talents in this world.

      I will pass along your comment to my daughter:)


  11. Lovely post, Carol. Your daughter is very creative and one day she will pick a book up and get the bug. Too busy when young, but sooner or later, the book bug will bite.


    • Merci, very kind of you to say. I am currently listening to this:

      So very beautiful. I will then listen to Samson Francois’ interpretation of Faure Nocture no. 4. I love Faure.

      I am so grateful that you introduced me to his music 🙂


  12. Both of my parents are avid readers, although they both went through periods of time when they didn’t read much. I hope your daughter likes to read YOUR books at least 😀 As for the chocolate sculpture, can I have a piece of it?!


    • I’m afraid not. For one thing she was brought up in the French system of education here in Quebec and so, if she does read, it’s in French.
      She brought the sculpture as a gift for her father so I didn’t even get to taste it. :C.
      Thanks for commenting, Christy! 🙂

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