12th Anniversary Book Giveaway!

Chocolate & Zucchini turns 12 today!

This means I have been blogging for, oh, just about 4 383 days, and this particular anniversary actually marks the point where I have been blogging for a full third of my life. No wonder C&Z feels as familiar to me as my own limbs, and writing here as natural as breathing.

Creating this blog on an idle September day in 2003 is one of the top 3 most life-shaping decisions I have ever made (the other two would be: living in California in my early twenties, and having a child in my early thirties — what about you?).

Not a day goes by that I don’t feel grateful beyond words for everything it has brought me. An incredibly fulfilling career, a rich network of like-minded cooks and real-life friends, a wealth of knowledge I would never have acquired otherwise, and my interactions with you, dear readers, who warm my heart, make me laugh, inspire, and teach me daily.

To thank you, I have partnered with my publishers to give away Five sets of my three latest books:

PreservingThere’s PRESERVING, the newest Ginette Mathiot tome that I’ve helped revise for its English-language edition, and has just been released by the good people at Phaidon. This one is all about conserving, salting, smoking, and pickling — in other words, capturing flavors at the height of the season, to enjoy later.

The French Market CookbookThen there’s THE FRENCH MARKET COOKBOOK, a book that celebrates the love story between French cuisine and vegetables, and contains 75 of my heaviest-rotation recipes for seasonal produce, such as my shocking pink pasta with a no-cook beet sauce, my Corsican turnovers garnished with squash, or my pear and chestnut cake.

Edible FrenchAnd finally there’s EDIBLE FRENCH, a lovely book of French food-related idioms that tell you so much about French culture, and come illustrated with whimsical watercolors by my friend Melina Josserand.

Five lucky winners will win a copy of each of these books, so three books total, which will be sent in the mail by their respective publishers.

You have until Sunday, October 11, 10pm EST to enter, using the Rafflecopter widget below: you’ll see you have different options to enter the giveaway, and you can use as many as you like to increase your chances of winning. The winners will be picked randomly and their names will be announced here on Monday, October 12. Good luck and thank you for participating!

We’ve got winners! I have drawn five entries using the Rafflecopter random picker, and the names of the winners are listed in the widget below. They have each received an email explaining the next steps; if you’re one of the winners and you haven’t heard from me, please get in touch!

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  • Ivana Juraga

    My favourite thing are the links to interesting food news!

  • Virginia

    My favourite things are the recipes and tips and tricks. Love your emails too. More of the same is good! :)

  • Tracey Peach

    I love the recipes & Competitions :)

  • Nathalie d’Abbadie

    Wow, 12 years! I’ve been reading your articles for about 6 or seven years now and I love getting lost in the archives. What I like the most about this blog is the storytelling and the fact I have learned a lot about meals that come from different cultures. Thank you for your hard work Clotilde!

  • maci234

    new food to try

  • Linda Zuo

    I love your blog especially for the salads…the no-recipe ones. They give me confidence to “invent” my own recipes ^^

    • Good to know, thank you!

      • Linda Zuo

        In fact…your first cookbook (C & Z) was probably one of the reasons why I chose to come to France.
        Just realized yesterday while leafing through it again – I think it was the first time I really thought of France as a real place and not some faraway kingdom that existed only in nobles’ conversation – –

  • Annabel Smyth

    I love your blog because I enjoy your writing style, and you enjoy the same sort of food as I do.

  • What do I love most?! All of it! But especially the tips and tricks and your link roundups. But the recipes too, obviously ;) I just love feeling connected to Paris through your writing… I miss living there!

  • Oh my goodness what a lovely anniversary! Congratulations!

  • Camille Boulais-Pretty

    I love the quick and easy puff pastry dough! It makes everything so much easier!

  • Katherine Jones

    wow! such a generous giveaway! that preserving book looks really interesting!


    It’s a great blog. :) As a “just finding my love for cooking again” person, there’s loads of stuff I can try and I don’t feel too out of my depth. Thanks for the fantastic give away. :)

  • Jaclyn K

    I love the photography on this site. I’d love to see more quick dinners. :-)

  • rosainverno

    I love the unique ingredient choices and ideas. More of the same is good!

  • Amal

    Lovely books, and happy blogiversary! :)

  • cs white

    I love the way your posts have me dreaming of Paris! Keep doing what you’re doing!

  • cheri

    Congratulations, love your blog, more info on Paris would be fun.

  • Trish

    I started visiting your site immediately upon my return from a long planned trip to Paris, and using the recipes here reminds me of a wonderful vacation!

  • Asa Jomard

    Absolutely love your blog. More blog posts of the same inspirational quality! And of course more ways to combine chocolate and zucchini (or other vegetables).

  • Kelly Payton

    You have the most wonderful blog. I love you. Probably more awesome Paris!!

  • Betsy

    I love your website and cookbooks! Every time I try one of your recipes, it’s a winner! Happy 12th anniversary!

  • jonquil alexia

    I enjoy reading your everyday sort of decisions & explorations in food. I look forward to more of the same, plus you going friendly recipes.

  • rapunzel210

    A coworker turned me on to your site many years ago, and I’ve been a fan ever since. I love your recipes and your philosophy about food. Happy anniversary!

  • trnchd

    I love all your recipes and how in-depth they are. It’s not just here’s a list of ingredients, cook and serve like most websites and blogs.

  • christine pence

    Made the Savane with my grandson this weekend for his Dad’s (my son’s) birthday…what great memories of childhood for all of us…just like you suggested in the recipe write-up.

  • Christine

    Congratulations Clotilde – and lucky us, :-) xo

  • congrats on 12 years! i can’t believe we’ve been so lucky to see your work on the site for this long (:

  • Celia

    The recipes keep me coming back to your site. :)

  • Simons99

    I just found this site and wish I had known about it sooner! I am making up for lost time though by making a recipe (or two) a day!

  • Alice

    Happy anniversary Clothilde! What an achievement! It’s so good to have a French voice so strong in the cooking blog universe, I love all your recipes and I send them to my friends in France and the US in both languages !!

  • Karen Collins

    i really like just about everything about chocolate and zucchini! my absolute favorite is the monthly list of favorites; i have gotten so much from it!

  • Papillon

    Happy Anniversary! I’ve been following the site since 2004 – so nearly the beginning! I love soup and always want to try a new recipe!

  • Marti Canipe

    I love all the fresh, seasonal flavors in your recipes.

  • Laurie Delarue Theurer

    Bon anniversaire C&Z! Thank you Clotilde for your wonderful articles and recipes. I’m a fan. :-)

  • Meghan

    Happy anniversary! The chocolate pear cake tart in your Edible Adventures book is one of my favorite recipes, full stop. Would love to see what these three have in store!

  • Liz Lambert

    Love the fresh, unique recipes.

  • Susan M

    Would love to have these books to prepare for my first trip to France next year!

  • Maddy

    I love your salad recipes, but also how you weave your French experience into your cooking as well!

  • Love this giveaway!

  • LivedinItaly

    The introduction of recipes which I would be hesitant to try if not for Clotilde’s warm and inviting words.

  • Samantha Loughlin

    I love the earthly feel to your recipes

  • I love the recipes. I’m pretty sure they make up half my pinterest boards.


  • Velia

    Congratulations, may you continue for many years inspiring us to try your recipes and become creative.
    I love French food and a loyal follower of yours. Thanks for the opportunity to participate in this fabulous book give away.

  • Christy Spurlock

    I love the variety of recipes on C&Z. It definitely gets me out of my comfort zone while in the Kitchen! Love it all! Thanks for the opportunity to win this giveaway.

  • Melly

    I love your recipes, and the photography just makes me want to try each recipe even more.

  • Alexandra Brewer

    I’m new to the blog, but I’m excited for an emphasis on fresh, in season food!

  • Carol

    I love your recipes.

  • Lauren E

    I love the way you speak about food – it evokes happy travels to Paris and the way food is treated there.

  • Michelle

    I love the simple and straightforward recipes. More restaurant recommendations would be great in the future!

  • Anne

    I always refer back to your Paris market lists and map! Such a great resource, even for a Paris local.

  • Beck @ Golden Pudding

    I really love everything, but looking at the (many) pages of yours that I’ve bookmarked, tips and tricks (tips for travelling cook etc) and the recipes using unusual ingredients or ingredients in unusual ways (i.e. radish leaf pesto, black sesame sables, sweet potato w black olives etc) have been my favourites, and I really like your vegan ones too…

  • Leopardie

    I particularly love your twists on classic French recipes, and of course enjoy reading your conversational style! I also make a note of restaurant recommendations for future Paris trips!

  • urbanfoodlover

    Congratulations Clotilde!! your blog is the very first ones I discovered and am hooked :) you have such a fun sense of writing style and surely are knowledgable about food without being preachy and quite down to earth :)

  • Clotilde, congrats! Yours was one of the first sites I ever remember reading. You’re a constant source of inspiration!

  • Margaret

    I’ve been following the site since 2004 and still find new ideas and inspiration. The series are very entertaining and informative too – idiomatic expressions, interview about cooking with kids or on holiday.

  • Pat Tanumihardja

    I love your blog and books! Your blog is one of the first I started to follow. Congrats on such amazing staying power!

  • Fiona

    Congratulations! Thank you for making you corner of the internet so beautiful, informative.
    I feel I’ve been following your blog as long as I’ve been reading food blogs so eight years maybe?

    On trips to Paris when we get hungry, my family and friends started asking “What would Clothilde recommend?” – we really love your guide!

  • Jenn

    C&Z seems to have a distinct point of view with recipes that feel both foriegn and familiar at the same time.

  • Ping

    Happy 12th Anniversary! Love your blog and I really hope to win the books. Thank you for the amazing giveaway, Clotilde! :)

  • theotherjdekay

    Bon Anniversaire!

  • Devorah

    Happy anniversary!

  • Lynn Ristau

    Happy anniversary

  • Heartfelt congratulations to your long food-blogger career. I never knew that you were such an early b ird! I started reading you because of the interesting title of your blog; firstly because I love chocolate (being Swiss helps certainly), but also because of the zucchini which I love too and then – la crème de la crème – I can choose whether to read you in E or F :)
    Since I love and master the English language even better than French, and using E all the time (next to my native Swiss German, German), I more readily read you in English – but to HAVE a choice….
    Love your many photos – I’m a sucker for good pics – I call it food p.o…r.n. Fills my eyes but not my tummy :)
    Would love to win some more books – I’m an avid reader too and my cookery book library is steadily growing with lovely and informative material.
    All the best for the next – hmmm – 10 (?) yrs of blogging. Kiki

  • 12 years! Congrats! Here’s to 12 more!

  • wagonum

    Favorite thing is the recipes. I’d like to see more appetizers and light hor’doeuvres.

  • rachelsloan79

    Congratulations!!! Here’s to many more good years.

  • Your blog was one of the first I ever started reading and I still love it :)

  • disqus_qi8v2KEH4b

    Happy Blogiversary!

  • Moonstruckinmt

    I’ve been following from the beginning and, though we haven’t met, I actually have come to think of you as a friend. Thanks for bringing a little bit of Paris to my Montana kitchen.

  • Megan Anderson

    Happy Birthday, C&Z! Thank you for your beautiful recipes-my favorite will always be your Salt Crusted Chicken. Cheers to another 12 years!!

  • cezovski

    The recipes and contests are my favorite thing here. Those are what I’d like to see more of in the future!

  • Kathy

    One of my favorite things about C&Z is when you do the long lists of how to use a particular ingredient… so many great sparks of culinary creativity! Thanks and congrats!!

  • 12 years – wow! Congrats! :)

  • dr_bombay

    i’ve been reading and using your recipes ever since you were working on your first book — how time flies! i love your recipes and tips the most. as for what i’d like to see in the future, i’m not sure… you cover so much of what i already love. i guess i’d just love to see MORE. bonne anniversaire!

  • Wow! 12 years! That’s a lot of blogging time! Congratulations!

  • Julie

    I love hearing about the local restaurants/markets in Paris. Not sure what I want in the future! maybe trips to Provence!!

  • Martha Harris

    I thoroughly enjoy your blog. I am eager to return to France but, until then, your blog helps with my bouts of nostalgia!

  • Pete Cleasby

    their inspiring ideas are really great so just more of these please

  • Jen

    My favorite thing about your blog are your recipes. They’re always beautiful and delicious!

  • sara

    Congrats on 12 years of making such a delicious contribution to the web!

  • frautracey

    C&Z was the first food blog I followed – I’ve been reading for at least ten years! Congrats on 12!!

  • Anastasios Roumeliotis

    It is great!!! I woula like to see more giveaways!

  • Sally J Robertson

    I have been a subscriber from the start, and I really love hearing your personal voice in your newsletters, especially when you tell us about something new or different for Paris. The photos are lovely, too.

  • Maureen Caldwell

    I love your approachable style, delicious recipes, and fresh recipes! Thank you!

  • Sarah Jackson

    I like that you have recipes using unusual things like quince.

  • I am going to make your quince jelly today. I have 2 trees and the fruits are enormous, almost too big to cut up. I love all your recipes, so maybe I should work my way through them. A book and a film? “Gill and Clotilde”.

  • Kimberly Young

    Congratulations on your anniversary! I love that you use such fresh ingredients in so many creative ways! Keep up the great work.

  • Katharina Bang

    Happy birthday, C&Z!

  • Heather Brannan

    Happy birthday! Love the blogs! Keep using chocolate in recipes – it’s delightful!

  • Ruth Harwood

    Happy Birthday!! Love your blog, so inspiring and unique xx

  • Josh

    I love that I can read the recipes in both French and English, and that I’m always learning new cooking tricks and techniques!

  • Julie Clarkson

    I love the quirky and easy ways of using fresh ingredients. Your Easy Tarte Tatin was a big success this weekend and we’re addicted to the Easy peanut sauce!

  • Tamsin

    Wow, 12 years! Thank you for keeping up the blog, it’s been an interesting journey. There are a number of your recipes that I use so regularly that they feel like old family favourites now. I don’t even need to look at the recipe to make olive oil tart crust or sourdough loaves.

  • Brigita O

    Congrats on the 12 year anniversary! I hope you celebrated it with a cake, because just reading about your anniv. made me want to go bake something delicious.
    I love all the various recipes with vegetables because I love veggies but I sometimes get stuck with one and the same recipe, so your blog helps with vartiety.

  • Madonna Ganier-Yancey

    Happy 12th blogging anniversary. I discovered Chocolate & Zucchini in 2008 when I was planning our first trip to Paris. I was looking for some new books/information on French food, and my search lead me to your blog. It’s become one of my favorites. I also bought the C&Z book, as well as Edible Adventures. One of the restaurants you recommended was Wadja, which turned out to be right across the street from our hotel. We had a wonderful meal there on our last night in Paris, and it has become our tradition to have our last meal there when we visit Paris.

  • Cheryl Lim

    Congratulations! Goodness, has it been so long already?

  • Tina Richmond Hudelson

    I’ve been following your blog for a long time, thanks to a post yearsa ago by Elyse Bauer over at Simpley Ricipes. I’ve used many of your recipes and have always had great results!

  • wendryn

    I would love these! I use your recipes regularly already! My favorite thing is how clear everything is.

  • Laura

    Love all the recipes!

  • Emilye Lin

    I like how the recipes strike the perfect balance between taste and health, providing healthier alternatives whenever possible. Thanks for the inspiration! more recipes, tips and tricks are always welcome.

  • Susan Ericson

    I’ve been following your blog for years now. Love the recipes, the European style and the photos.

  • Deborah Shaw

    Good recipes, of course!

  • Cakelaw

    Congratulations! 12 years blogging is quite a milestone.

  • Cakelaw

    My favourite thing about Chocolate and Zucchini is the recipes. I would like to see more posts about Paris food venues.

  • Lorena Draghici

    I like the variety of recipes on C&Z, I haven’t tried any of them yet, but I saved some of them to try in the period ahead. I’d love to read more about the French food and places where to try specific French dishes.

  • Shannon Lim

    I love your recipes, and the variations, and the tips keep them coming!

  • Lisa R-R

    Thanks so much for the contest! I really enjoy the recipes and the photos.

    I have learned a lot and tried new recipes over the years!

  • Gina Moore

    I love visiting your blog every time I am craving Paris!! Maybe some more posts about restaurants!

  • Jamie

    Happy Anniversary! I can’t tell you how often I gift the French Market Cookbook to friends–it’s one of my favorites!

  • Allegra Harrison

    Love the recipes with fresh, seasonal produce!

  • margie s

    You have such a unique perspective!

  • You were one of the very first food blogs I started following. Thanks for your beautiful work!

  • Victoria Prince

    I love the recipes, especially being able to look them up by specific ingredients. I’d love to see more comfort food recipes as the cold weather and winter approaches!

  • Shana

    Congratulation and Happy Anniversary! I truly appreciate your work and recipes!

  • bfg67

    The quality of the recipes

  • Sheri Darby

    I love how delicious the recipes are

  • Edna Susan Jackson

    Your recipes are so amazing and different from others!

  • Emily Ankeney

    Love your books and your blog posts! I enjoy the lovely images and wide array of delicious recipes.

  • Jen

    More of the same. I really enjoy your blog and delicious recipes!

  • i love recipes. im rubbish and need all the help i can get!

  • Kristin Wandersee

    The quality and simplicity in these recipes are great!

  • Rosemary Morison

    Just the range of different recipes! Don’t change a thing!

  • Suzanne

    Bon Anniversaire! Oh, to live in a C&Z world.

  • Martina Evans

    Thank you for keeping up this great blog for 12 years! I absolutely Love your recipes and the fact that you use fresh, seasonal produce!

  • Lynn Neal

    the chance to be inspired by new recipes using fresh seasonal produce

  • Géraldine Olivo

    Wow, that means it’s been 9 years already I have been following you… I love what makes this blog YOU: open-mindedness, cooking tips, delicious recipes. Keep it the way it is! Thanks for this awesome giveaway! :-)

  • Angela

    Congratulations! ♡
    I would love to see more traditional French dessert recipes!

  • Edible French has been on my wish list for a long time. I love to read your posts and recipes! I like to read about anything related to living in France (for real, not our Americanized fantasy) :)

  • DJohnson

    I love all the great recipes.

  • Annamaria0

    I’d love to win, as I gave my copy of your excellent first book to a friend, and now need to get another copy:-) The other two are on my wish list, too

  • Bonne fête! Ce que j’aime du blogue, c’est la qualité française portée vers le monde. Il y a des produtis qui n’existent pas exactement dans la même forme en Amérique du Nord et quelque fois vous faites l’effort de nous le décrire pour que l’on trouve un équivalent ici. Certains explications nous informe aussi de produits ou accessoires complètement inconnus ici. Merci!

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