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Recently, interviewed Clotilde Dusoulier, author of Chocolate & Zucchini and creator of the mouthwatering blog of the same name. The Paris-based author focuses on cooking and eating in the City of Light. Here she shares with us some of her local food discoveries.

Q: While your blog and cookbook center on home cooking, you also occasionally write about restaurant meals—everything from Alain Ducasse’s soigné bistro Aux Lyonnais to a hole-in-the-wall source for Vietnamese sandwiches. Do you have any recent restaurant discoveries to share?

A: I've really enjoyed my recent visit to Le Grand Pan [20 rue Rosenwald], a freshly opened Basque bistro in the 15th arrondissement that serves a deliciously hearty Southwestern French fare, such as a grilled pork belly served with thick fries and chanterelles. Also in the 15th, I've just been introduced to an excellent family-owned Korean restaurant called L'Arbre de Sel [138 rue de Vaugirard] where the food is authentic and very fresh.

Q: Are there any places you’d recommend for a special breakfast in Paris—something more substantial than the standard coffee-and-croissant?

A: I should first note that breakfast is a meal that's typically taken at home in France, and Parisians don't really eat out for breakfast. However, if you want to enjoy a good French-style breakfast—fruit juice, café au lait, bread or brioche with butter and jam, yogurt, a soft-boiled egg—I recommend Coquelicot in the 18th [24 rue des Abbesses], or Bread & Roses in the 6th [7 rue de Fleurus]. Both have outdoor seating, too, so you can enjoy the morning sunshine.

Q: What’s your favorite street, square, or neighborhood you like to visit when you’re hungry?

A: I am fortunate enough to live in Montmartre, a neighborhood that's rife with specialty food shops, so I do most of my shopping in the market streets around me, on Rue des Martyrs, Rue des Abbesses, and Rue Lepic. All you need is right here—bakeries, pastry shops, fish shops, butchers, cheese shops, wine sellers, charcuteries, spice shops—and you even have several to choose from for each kind.

Q: As you write in the introduction to your cookbook, food shopping is a wonderful way to explore a city and a culture. Which are your favorite weekly food markets in Paris? Which would give visitors a truly local “slice of life”?

A: My favorite is the Marché des Batignolles, an all-organic farmers market that's held on Saturday mornings in the 17th, and where I buy produce, cheese, meat, and flowers. It is not the largest, but the selection is varied and inspiring, and it is one of few markets in Paris where the stall-keepers are actually growers, and not just retailers.


Q: One of my favorite aspects of your cookbook is the section on desserts: not one, not two, but four chapters devoted to sweet things. Where has your strong sweet tooth led you lately? Which pastry or chocolate shops do you find yourself returning to again and again?

A: I like to keep an eye on what the big-name pastry chefs are doing—Pierre Hermé in particular—but I most enjoy visiting the younger and the lesser-known, such as Fabrice Le Bourdat at Blé Sucré in the 12th [7 rue Antoine–Vollon] (try the glazed madeleines and the chocolate bars with crunchy flecks of salted caramel), or Claire Damon at Des Gâteaux et du Pain in the 15th [63 bd Pasteur] (try the chocolate and hazelnut éclair or the violet Saint-Honoré).

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vanessa, June 17, 2007 (view all comments by vanessa)
Of all the food blogs-turned-book deals, Dusoulier's was the one I most eagerly awaited. Her writing style is as delicious as the recipes she offers-- it's flowing, easy, humorous, and very informative and never fails to remind me why I love cooking, eating, exploring, and sharing food. The recipes come with straightforward wine pairings and entertaining anecdotes; the accomanying photos make me want to lick the pages.
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Dusoulier, Clotilde
Broadway Books
Regional & Ethnic - French
Cookery, french
Cooking and Food-French
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Readers of Dusoulier's ebullient food blog,, won't be disappointed by this wonderful mlange of new creations and old favorites. Dusoulier's charm lies in her culinary curiosity and enthusiasm, and she deftly conveys both through 75-plus recipes and narrative commentary. The 27-year-old Parisian arranges her book into three sections. The first, Simplicit (Simplicity), includes salads, sandwiches, savory tarts, soups and eggs. Part two is Invitation (Entertaining) and features recipes for hors d'oeuvres, 'impromptu' dinners like Hand-Cut Steak Tartare, dinner party fare such as Comt Cheese Souffls, buffet items and sides. The final portion concerns sweets, clearly Dusoulier's favorite. With scintillating recipes for cakes (Apricot and Pistachio Ricotta), tarts (Blueberry Amandine), desserts (Chocolate Hibiscus Crme Brle) and 'sweet bites' (Orange Flower Shuttle Cookies), this section brims with innovation. Overall, newcomers to French cuisine will learn to make some classics, like Pistou Soup and Beef Bourguignon, while those seeking to expand their repertoires will enjoy the author's idiosyncratic creations. Dishes like Broccoli and Apple Quiche (born out of a 'greenmarket run one fall morning') and, of course, Chocolate & Zucchini Cake (which may sound 'a little odd,' but is 'surprisingly successful' and features 'real teamwork at play') are just some of Dusoulier's delightful and unusual offerings." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "This collection of remarkably accomplished recipes, from market-fresh salads to indulgent desserts, includes a soupçon of tasty tales and tips from Clotilde's Parisian kitchen, and is sure to inspire readers and cooks no matter where they live."
"Review" by , "Clotilde Dusoulier, a young French woman who discovered her love for food in the United States, shares with readers her lighthearted, enthusiastic, and thoroughly modern approach to a very personal culinary passion."
"Review" by , "Dusoulier has a great deal of charm, and her recipes are fresh and appealing."
"Review" by , "Is there any food lover who doesn't dream about living, cooking, and eating in Paris? This charming homage to French home cooking feeds that fantasy with a feast."
"Review" by , "Clotilde Dusoulier's comfortable, homey food has just the right amount of authentic French flair, and her stories of life in Paris speak to food's universal ability to bring people together and make them happy. Of course, being transported to Paris never hurts either."
"Synopsis" by , Illustrated throughout with Dusoulier's evocative photography, Chocolate & Zucchini is the book for anyone who has journeyed to Paris and can still recall the delicious tastes and aromas — or for those who only dream about them.
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