Clotilde’s Edible Adventures in Paris

Clotilde's Edible Adventures in Paris

It is with unmitigated joy that I announce the release of my new book today!

Clotilde’s Edible Adventures in Paris is a book on Paris restaurants and food shops, in which I share recommendations for my favorite spots — everything from neo bistros and salons de thé to bakeries, outdoor markets, wine shops, and much, much more, as they say — plus all you need to know to navigate the City of Light and Good Food, plus a dozen recipes.

The book is coming out in North America initially (pending the sale of foreign rights, it will be available as an import elsewhere), and I am about to leave on a book tour to promote it — please view the full list of booksigning events and see if you can come and say hi.

You can read more about the book, including reviews and excerpts, on the mini-site I’ve set up, and you should of course feel free to order your very own copy — no, really.

I’ve only just received finished copies myself, and although it is hardly surprising for a young mother to fawn over her newborn, I am particularly pleased with how this book turned out — the way it fits snugly in my hands, the slight grain of the cover, the chic layout, the color photos, and the rounded corners (rounded corners! you know you love them!). So pleased, in fact, that I’ve been tempted to keep a copy under my pillow, but Maxence said no.

The perpetual challenge for books that give real life recommendations is that real life stuff tends to shift and change over time. Thankfully, by the power and grace of the Internet, I will be able to maintain a list of updates, corrections, and bonus addresses on the above-mentioned mini-site — there’s even a “print before you go!” version to slip in the book and take with you to Paris.

[And head over to Travelocity’s blog The Window Seat to read the guest post I wrote today.]

  • Congrats on your new book! I admit I did notice the rounded corners ;) but the size – it looks like a nice size to travel with, which is important! I look forward to hearing-seeing more.

  • oh, the book looks so good! I’m in paris for the next 1.5 months and it would be perfect if i could get my hands on a copy of the book now.. :( looks like it’ll have to wait till the next time then!

  • I can’t wait to buy it!

  • Joan

    Bravo! And Clotilde I’m sure Maxence was only joking…the sweet joy of rounded corners…

  • Well done, you! It seems like the perfect size for my handbag. I look forward to seeing it on the shelves in the UK and perhaps to a trip on the Eurostar…

  • So excited about your new book, Clotilde! I wonder if they will be carrying it in the American bookshops in Paris? Will have to look into it…

    Félicitations and enjoy your book tour! I’m sure you’ll bring back lots of great memories and yummy goods, as always! Biz.

  • est

    bravo clotilde ! i can’t wait to buy it. and I agree coquelicot is definitely one of the best bakeries in paris.. God I miss bread!!

  • R.J.

    But why do you never tour Canada?
    I am sure I am not the only Canadian reader…
    All the best

  • Alice – English-language bookstores will carry the book — it may take a couple of weeks for it to cross the ocean, but you can certainly call your favorite bookshop and reserve a copy.

    R.J. – I would have loved to include Canadian cities in the tour, but Random House Canada does not bring in very many authors, and it wasn’t possible this time.

  • Deleilan

    Congratulations on the arrival of your new baby, Clotilde! Aaaaah, look at the cute rounded corners!

    You’re right, R.J., you’re not the only Canadian reader. Maybe we should start harassing Random House Canada… “WE WANT CLOTILDE! WE WANT CLOTILDE! WE WANT CLOTILDE!”

  • Oooh, the rounded corners! I love those. I can’t wait to read this – and return to Paris to sample your recommendations.

  • Oh I can’t wait to get hold of a copy in the UK. I loved your first book and this sounds so good too.

  • Felicitations. Can’t wait to buy a copy. I’ll see you in NYC!

  • Rachel

    Congrats on the book!! And enjoy the book tour – I’m looking forward to reading about your adventures.

    Now, off to Amazon UK to see if I can scare up a copy…

  • Braden

    Congratulations Clotilde! No one I know works harder or deserves it more.

    On the downside, I will be spending way less time on your moblog searching for restaurants.

  • Yay! Unfortunately, I can’t afford the book right now, but hopefully I will get it before I’m living in France again. I did finally get C&Z and I love it :-)

  • Congratulations on the new book Clotilde.

  • Clotilde:

    You are a successful food writer with published books, a highly visited blog and fans in many countries. Due to your greatness, Maxence is not allowed to tell you not to put your book under your pillow!

  • Susan

    Congratulations! I love your original cookbook and was excited to hear about the new one. I’m eagerly awaiting its arrival in my mailbox. My family and I have rented an apartment on rue Caulaincourt this summer & are sure your book is going to be an immense asset for out trip!

  • congrats! i love the design of the book, it’s adorable.

    i’ve said it before and i’ll say it again: i want to be you.

  • Congratulations! I would love to go to France someday and will definitely check out your book when I get the chance.

  • Congratulations! Once I helped compile “beauty maps” for the city of San Francisco, which showed where all the best makeup stores, hair salons, and more were. And it nearly killed me!

    I can’t imagine doing a whole book!

  • amanda

    Congratulations, Clotilde! I can’t wait to get my hands on your new book. My parents are embarking on an European journey in May and I think I will reluctantly lend the book to them. So if you see a a pair of Asian middle-aged adults trotting around Montmartre with your book in hand… that may very well be my parents!

  • Hajnal

    Congratulations! I always enjoy your great recipes and witty comments.


    What with the bistro table and chairs and the baguette sticking out from the bag?

    Why not go all the way with the clichés? A striped shirt, a beret, a mime getting off a DS in the background would have been a perfect addition…

  • Mrs Redboots

    Congratulations, Clotilde.

    One day I shall get to Paris again….

  • Clotilde, the book looks phenomenal. Contrary to the old saying, books are judged by their covers and the presentation is really fantastic!

    I can’t believe you’ll be reading at one of my favorite bookstores, in the town where I spent the first 18 years of my life. At Bookshop Santa Cruz! The attached café is actually called Chocolat (quelle surprise!) and if you get the chance to eat there please check out their chicken soup. If you would like any other suggestions for places to visit or things to do, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me. I’m currently in school in New Orleans and will be mid finals on may 6th but if you’d like a guide my mom (une parisienne) might be able to help out while you’re in town –

    also, check out lulu carpenter’s at the end of pacific avenue (near the clocktower) near the Bookshop for great tea and coffee. My favorite in town!

  • Liz

    I cannot wait to listen to you speak and watch you sign my book when you are in los angeles!

    bienvenue & bon chance on the book signing!

  • Paige

    So exciting. I will have to grab a copy.

    I also saw your article in this month’s bon appetit. Congrats all around!

  • Congrats! I hope you’ll have a chance to have some edible adventures here in the states. If you need any advice, feel free to ask.

  • Kass

    Félicitations Clotilde! I live in Paris and I am looking forward to have your book, but I did not understand if I will find it here in Paris in bookstores or not yet… Thank you and congratulations – sincerely!

  • Sophie

    Having pre-ordered a copy of your book on a week in advance, I could not have been more excited today when I came home and found a beautiful brand-new copy on my doorstep! It’s great so far. Congratulations and keep up the good work! =D

    Sophie (long-time follower of your recipes, first-time commenter!)

  • gingerpale

    Maintaining the integrity of the book online is such a good thing to do!

  • Thank you all for your well wishes.

    Amanda – I will look out for your parents!

    Hajnal – I’m not sure how much you know about book publishing, but the key aspect in picking a cover photo is that it must send a clear, instantaneously readable message to the person who walks past it at the bookstore and glances at it for a fraction of a second. Hence the café terrace that says “Paris,” the shopping bag (notice that it’s not just any old baguette, but a multigrain baguette des prés from my corner bakery), and the cake box (from Arnaud Larher) on the table.

    d’Auria – Thanks for the Santa Cruz rec’s! I haven’t been in years, and I’m excited to go back.

    Kass – The book will be sold at English-language bookstores in Paris (such as Brentano’s, WHSmith, Shakespeare & Co., The Red Wheelbarrow…) but it may take a couple of weeks before it’s available. If you’d like a copy, I suggest you call your favorite bookshop and ask them to hold one for you.

  • Leah

    So, the book arrived today in an amazon box after waiting for the release for a couple of months. I am halfway through it already and have found everything extremely helpful and descriptive. I am looking forward to using it during my stay in Paris this summer. Thanks, Clotilde.

  • Excellent! Congratulations, it looks fantastic. I’ll have to check it out when it reaches the US.

  • Marielle

    TA-DAH! The long-awaited day has arrived. I pre-ordered 4 copies and Amazon has promised only a 4/28 delivery.

    We hope to return to Paris [last visit Feb 2007] in early November and will appreciate your insights.

    Bon voyage!

  • This one is going immediately in my shopping cart! Can’t wait to visit “your” Paris (and I love the rounded corner design — No more dog-eared, travel-worn corners!)

  • Bravo à toi!

  • Alisa

    Yay!!!!!!!! I will pick it up in L.A., next week. You know that I always sing your praises! love, congrats, hugs!!!

  • This book is on my list of must haves!

  • Elizabeth

    Hi Clotilde – By chance, I was browsing in a bookstore last Sunday the 20th, and was surprised to see your new book. I hadn’t known it was out yet. Of course, I snatched it up immediately.

    I’ve been perusing it’s pages for the past few days and am pleased to see many restaurants and shops that I’d never heard of before. I’ve visited Paris six times, so it’s refreshing to see so many new possibilities. I also like the little sections on budget dining, wines, and even table manners.

    The book is sure to become my bible on my future trips to Paris. My only complaint is that I can not go now.


  • John Talbott

    Bravo again Clotilde and good luck on the book tour, we’ll miss you.

  • My copy arrived yesterday!! Hooray for Amazon pre-ordering.

  • Veronique

    I can’t wait to buy a copy!
    Bravo Clotilde.

  • Congratulations on your new book! It sounds wonderful-I can’t wait to buy my copy!For your next book, I hope you can make it to Denver-I’d love to have mine signed.

  • Rafe

    I (regretfully) notice that you will not be visiting chicago this time around! *single tear…

    We hope to see you in the windy city soon!

  • townbeet

    Just made reservations for the May 7th book signing event! Yeah!

  • Jennifer K

    In exactly one month, I am moving from Berkeley Calif. to Paris for a year! At first I was going to wait until I got to France to buy the book, but after reading all these posts I don’t think I can wait that long.


  • sam

    congrats – am I still looking forward to seeing you soon? J’espere…

  • Dot Allen


    We are so sorry to miss your appearances in San Francisco and Santa Cruz because we are on vacation. That’s the bad news. But the good news is that we are in Paris, and based on your recommendation had dinner at Breizh tonight. It was wonderful! The owner (?) asked how we had found out about the restaurant, and we mentioned you and your book. He seemed to know what we were talking about. We look forward to finding out what we missed when we return home, and have the opportunity to read the book we ordered through Amazon.

    Dot and Bob Allen

  • wowwwww!! Congratulations Clotilde!

  • lisa c

    Clotilde, I just bought the book today and LOVE IT!!! I leave CA for Paris two weeks from today, just for the purpose of walking the city for three days and eating well. Your book makes me that much more impatient for my trip, and makes me feel prepared. Perhaps I will make it to your LA book signing the day before I leave!

    Thank you so much for this beautiful and useful work.

  • I was thrilled when a copy of your book arrived today (via amazon)! Now I just need tickets to Paris so I can eat and shop my way around town! I haven’t been back for a number of years so I’m sure there are many changes since!
    I’m sad that you’re not making it back to Boston this time… and I will miss you in NYC by a couple of days! The weather should be nice this time of year, trees and flowers just starting to bloom!
    Congrats on the book! I look forward to reading it (and hopefully using it sometime soon!)

  • Sara

    First-time poster here…I can attest to how lovely the book feels in one’s hands, since I petted it fondly yesterday at my favorite independent bookstore in Washington, DC.

    I have been reading your blog for a few years, but had never tried any of your recipes, until I bought your last book. Now I can’t seem to stop! My husband is not complaining though. The new book couldn’t have come at a better time, as we are planning a trip to Paris this summer.

  • Congrats on your new book! I ahve to check it out!!!

  • Congratulations Clotilde! Watching your progress has been an absolute joy. I can’t wait to see this. My partner’s parents live in France and we will be visiting soon so I’m looking forward to making the most of your book.

  • Atf

    I have just received it (pre-ordering on amazon is definitely great). It is even better than I’ve expected. It will be my best companion for gastronomic wandering in Paris. And…the rounded corners are lovely :-)

  • Robin

    Just got the book from Just wonderful- I cannot wait to come to Paris and use the guide. In the meantime, I will snuggle up and plan. Great job – again.

  • I will definitely be ordering a copy. Maybe two.
    Saw you on Diary of a Foodie. I love that show. It just ended–I really hope they shoot new episodes.

  • Tom Reese

    Bonjour Clotilde:

    What perfect timing! We’ll see you at Powell’s in Portland on the second and leave for France the tenth.

    Best wishes for success with your book and your tour.


  • …sounds interesting… your new book. Congratulations!!!

  • Adele

    Couldn’t be more thrilled for you, Clotilde!! Wishing you much continued happiness and success. My one disappointment is not being able to make it to one of your book signings…… there any way to purchase a signed copy via the Internet?
    All the best,

  • Mackenzie Boyer

    I just finished reading it! C’est bon! It made me so hungry, I just want to eat everything in Paris. Good luck on your book tour. Enjoy your visit to the Bay Area.

    Best wishes,

  • Jen

    I love your new book! We leave for Paris in 3 weeks and yours is probably the only book we’ll carry with us daily. Best of luck on your tour!

  • Thanks for your new book.
    Hope I will get it before going to Paris.

  • Congrats on the book – You got a great Food Blog, have been reading it for a year now, real cool!

  • Just ordered your new book on Amazon since Paris is the main stop in my summer holidays. Can’t wait for your book to arrive!

  • Charlotte

    Clotilde, what fortuitous timing! My boyfriend and I are just planning our first trip to Paris and were so excited to get the book in the mail, crack it open, and find so many wonderful recommendations just down the street from the apartment we’re renting in Montmartre! (I need to have kitchen access; it’s imperative.) Along those lines, actually, I was wondering if you could help: at the very end of May, what special French farm products will be in season that I should be on the lookout for at the market? I think we’ll try to go to Batignolles on Saturday, and I wonder if there’s any particular delicacies, particularly things I may not have in America, that I should be sure to purchase and cook up in our rented kitchen? Thanks for your thoughts!

  • Christina Oldenburg

    We bought a couple of copies of your book at Book Passages in Corte Madera on Sunday night. We’re thrilled to have all the great info as we look forward to another trip to Paris!
    Thank you!

  • Congratulations! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy..

    By the way, the rounded edges of the book are trés adorable!

  • Katie Pepper

    Clotilde is your beautiful new book available in Australia? Where can I find it? It’s not very “green” to have it shipped all the way from the states, is it…

    Thanks – I can’t wait to read this book and remember my last trips to all the fabulous places you have previously recommeded in Paris. Oh Paris!

  • Thank you all for your congrats, and for those of you who got copies of the book, thank you for your kind words!

    Adele – I am just about to set up a system through which you’ll be able to order signed bookplates. Not quite the same as a signed copy, but close enough!

    Katie – The book will be available as an import in Australia. And actually, an Aussie reader (and forum moderator) named Judy has a great online bookshop on which she intends to sell Clotilde’s Edible Adventures. She tells me she should have it by early next week.

  • Sue

    I ordered your new book last October on Amazon. It was due to arrive on 4/28 — 5 days after I was to leave for London and Paris. Therefore, the search was on for a copy at Barnes & Noble. I found one at a B&N about 40 miles from home and reserved it. I had planned on stopping on the way to the airport to pick it up.
    The day before I left – 4/22 — Amazon came through and your book was in my mailbox.

    I read it as I “chunneled” from London to Paris on 4/30. What a wonderful book, full of great advice for a Paris newbie. My time in Paris was greatly enhanced by having this book. Thank you.

  • Marlene

    A few weeks ago I stumbled upon your web site. As my birthday was approaching, I decided that my present to myself would be both of your books – Chocolate and Zucchini and Edible Adventures. It has been three years since my last visit to Paris, and until the exchange rate improves, I cannot return. I am a retired high school English teacher from south Louisiana. My mother is a Cajun and her maiden name was Hebert. MY grandparents were Thomas Xavier Hebert and Azelie Valerie Braud. Much of my expertise in the kitchen, I owe to Maman and her French Louisiana cuisine. Well, the books arrived yesterday, and I have spent the last day and a half devouring them. You have transported me to Paris,the city I love. Thank you so much!

  • miho

    I wish I had this wonderful book when I visited in Paris a couple of years ago!!
    After reading this book,I really want to go Paris again!

  • js

    I used the book 3x this week and every recommendation was fantastic: Azabu in the 6th, an Indian place in the 10th and a small tea shop. Thank you for all of the work you did to make this book so great!

  • Andrew

    I am doing research for my next trip to Paris, it’s been way to long since I was there.

    I need to show my wife and my little girl why I love France in general and why I love Paris in particular.

    This is not my only guide to Paris but it is already my favourite & I only bought it last weekend.

    I fell in love with Paris on my first visit at the age of 13. I go back as often as I can and fall in love every time.

    This book reminded me of one of the reasons why: French food is the best in the world.

    In the time before the trip, I will enjoy perusing and trying the recipes, the recipe for Tarte-Gâteau Poire Chocolat (I made it on Saturday) is worth the price of the book on its own.

    Congratulations Clotilde & thank you.

  • Danielle

    My husband and I recently took your book with us on our first trip to Paris. It was extraordinarily useful and accurate! We ate nothing but amazing food, and explored parts of the city we may not have otherwise. With so many restaurants and bakeries in Paris, I feel we would have been lost otherwise, and we definitely would not have eaten so well. I only wish there were more such books written about other cities around the globe!

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