Clotilde was signing her brand new cookbook, Chocolate and Zucchini: Daily Adventures in a Parisian Kitchen at Dean & Deluca in Soho. We first met over hot chocolate while I was searching Google for petit dejeuner pictures.
"Un Café au Carré", photograph by Clotilde Dusoulier ©
Finally I found the perfect picture that captured all the intimacy of a Paris cafe breakfast- A notebook spread on the table before a cup of expresso plus one of those the typical French water carafes I love so much. You could so easily imagine yourself sitting at that table... I followed the photograph back to it's owner and discovered my first blog, Chocolate and Zucchini in October 2005.
We met many mornings over a cup of hot chocolate. I found a new friend and a window into everyday Parisien life (while still in my P-Js).Most of my photos of Clotilde are blurry :(
It's one thing to steal a shot of a macaron cart in Galeries Lafayette, but it felt invasive taking pictures of someone I'd only met in my pajamas...
I did take this shot of another C&Z fan. Clotilde is every bit as refreshing, natural and charming as you would imagine from reading her blog.
And her cookbook is every bit as engaging and addictive.
It's full of the same sweet, funny stories. Clotilde took all her own food photographs making her book much more personal. It's the perfect size for reading in bed too. We all got to taste the real Chocolate and Zucchini cake! The recipe is on page 166...
Thank you Clotilde for sharing your life with us, your wit, your special point of view. How many other readers were so inspired by you to start their own blogs?
Many I'll bet. Here's the funny thing...
Most mornings now, while still in my PJs, still over hot chocolate, I'm busy painting and writing Paris stories to tell you, dear readers. Some of you even think I live in Paris (I wish!) Funny thing is that sometimes I get emails from you telling me how you read Paris Breakfasts over coffee while still in your pajamas...So thank you Clotilde Dusoulier!
And have a GREAT BOOK TOUR :)