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Ratatouille is a bright and chunky summer vegetable stew, rich with olive oil and fragrant with garlic and fresh herbs.

Let’s start with some history and background.

Ratatouille originated from Provence, a region in the south of France near the Mediterranean Sea, the area around present day Nice. The word ‘Ratatouille’ actually comes from the French term “touiller,” which means to toss food.

Ratatouille is traditionally a peasant food but is now a culinary dish served in the top restaurants and many top chefs have their own special recipe that regularly receive praise from critics.

When I think of this dish I remember the movie Ratatouille noting that this dish did gain recognition and popularity as a result of the animated Disney movie in 2007 that won an Oscar the following year. Although the dish was introduced to the less-food-conscious, the recipe featured in the film was far more…

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