Seven Breakfasts

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  • Clotilde, you are a woman of infinite talents! Such beautiful prose and imagery. I’m looking forward to reading more. Well done!

  • Very refreshing! Makes me want to draw black-and-white illustrations for these little breakfast stories… these are very inspiring and atmospherical; well done Ms. Dusoulier!

    I’ve been thinking what this food blogging thing is about and I’ve come more and more to the conclusion, that recipes as such aren’t really that important. What makes it interesting is the way some writing (that may or may not include recipes) can inspire people in their cooking and get more out of their eating experiences.

    Your writing is doing exactly that, Clotilde.

  • Wonderful stories Clotilde! They really capture all the details of a daily ritual of seven very different people. I hope you will post more like these.
    And have a great road trip by the way!

  • Thank you, Clotilde.

  • Well, you made my morning really sensational and dreamy:) wonderful!

  • Neil

    What a wonderful way to start the day — these stories. Everything seems more alive in the morning as you work your way slowly as is possible back into the world.

    Thank you for your stories, Clotilde.
    Travel well and safe.

  • what delightful vignettes!

  • Lesco Schwitters

    Bravo! Well done. Definitely a worthy entry for the Bulwer-Lytton contest.

  • Steph

    Fantastique!!! Merci, Merci, Merci! What lovely vignettes. I have to say that as a non-fan of short story, these were lovely.

    Thanks for making my day a bit brighter,

  • maryanne

    Clotilde, thank you…we can hardly wait for 7 lunches, 7 cocktails, 7 dinners and 7 late night snacks! Brava!

  • I feel like I just received some sort of gift. I found my way over to you through Angry Chicken and what a lovely surprise!

    Your writings on breakfast are so elegant and simple. I feel like I’ve secretly peeked into seven different lives.

    Brilliant! I will be back.

  • Elizabeth

    Bravo! These bits of prose were like little puzzles for me to figure out, snippits of a larger day.

  • Lovely vignettes Clotilde. I couldnt stop reading :)

  • Tamara

    Hmmm, I will have to re-read these. I took them to be about the same person at different breakfasts at different stages of life. Interesting.

  • ruth

    I take exception to Lesco Schwitters’comment about the writing being suitable for the Bulwer-Lytton contest. If you don’t like her writing, don’t say anything. Stop being snarky and condescending. Continue your writing, Clothilde.


  • Hmmm…makes me wonder “Why don’t I have breakfasts, anymore?”
    I can see what I’ve been missing.
    I am an admirer of the written word…and your words, I admire.
    Makes for good Summer reading.

    Safe travels! See you in Palo Alto!

    Anni :-)

  • mle

    Just beautiful, Clotilde! With each return to your blog I find these lovely surprises! I knew you wrote well from your blog entries, but this is just inspiring! The dreamy, thoughtful feeling of these short stories perfectly matches the early morning phenomenon of being between sleeping and wakefulness. Thank you for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful road trip!

  • Meghan

    I only know one French poet, the one we studied in highschool French class–Jacque Prévert. And I only remember one of his poems, my favorite, the one I had to memorize–“Il a mis le café dans la tasse. Il a mis le lait dans la tasse du café…” I hope it’s not trite–in an ugly American kind of way–to comment that part I of Seven Breakfasts happily reminds me of that poem–its rhythm, simplicity, and beauty. Thanks for sharing all your culinary musings and I hope to make it to see you in SF next month. –mk

  • KarenK

    Beautifully done. I’m sending this story link to my daughters, perhaps it will inspire them (and me) to think and talk and write about seven meals in our lives. Thank you for this post.

  • I am really impressed by these short stories. They kept me entertained in the slow periods of work today. I want to hear more. Do you have a book?

  • Tea

    Oh, Clotilde, I think you may have some fiction writing in your future! These are just lovely. Thank you for sharing them.

  • liz

    very lovely writing, thankyou for sharing.

  • Christine G.

    These are quite lovely scenes. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and these capture the emotions I have felt. Why, I’m even a grandmother!!


  • Lisa B.

    Thank you – beautiful stories. I feel like I personally experienced each breakfast. :-)

  • Wow, that was very beautiful. Nicely written, bravo.

  • Jessica

    i just really love your writing. there is such fantastic imagery and amazing attention to detail in each vingette and corresponding stage in life. in each gem of a story there are little details and private feelings/thoughts that anyone could relate to but no one would think to write about (or could write about as eloquently as you).

  • Therese

    You did it again – congratulations! I can’t wait to read more!

  • Ani

    Lovely! I’ve always loved your conversational food writing style and now it’s so fun to read your vignettes.

  • What a great piece! Very creative, I love it!

  • aguafria

    A much-needed pause. Please write more.

  • Dan Dx

    Alors là, carrément sur le cul je suis ! Clotilde, vous avez une sacrée belle plume ! La suite, vite !

  • J. Bo

    “Lovely” seems to be the mot du jour for this entry, and I don’t believe I can think of a better one.

    Thank you, Clotilde!

  • Thank you for writing these! You have such a wonderful way with words. Reading them is like being in a waking dream…

  • Jessica

    Clotilde, you write marvelously. I loved each and every character…who knew you had some extraordinar talent in so many areas?

  • is very beatiful

  • Nice “snapshots” ! And the fact that breakfast is my one of my favorite and most personal moments only increased my pleasure – and also the feeling of entering someone else’s intimacy.

  • Absolutely lovely. Thank you so much for sharing these.

  • lisa marie

    you are the best part of my computer. thank you so much for sharing your beautiful stories.

  • Joan

    I savored them.

  • Katerina


  • Alisa

    So beautiful. I love this.

  • alisa

    ….and the photo is perfect too….

  • andrea

    I became lost in your stories this morning, shooing my husband out of the room when he interrupted my reading to tell me excitedly of more World Cup news. They were wonderful capsules of life!
    I’ve been reading your website since very shortly after it started and love it – thank you so much!

  • Jaja

    hi Clotilde nice work!

  • rainey

    Lovely! Just lovely. And the repaired crockery seems, somehow, so perfect.

  • maria

    Colida you have done it again! you are a very insprational lady.

  • But what exactly can’t you do? You can work on internet development, you cook, you write… Do you think about the day you’ll receive the Nobel for hum… peace, or chemistry ;-)?
    Anyway, thank you for these short stories, they are… so simple but true (and hey, that’s not really parisian to be simple and true ;-)

  • kathie

    I could just picture my own children in tour first wee story. Especially the fingernails made of the Babybel wax! Love it!

  • I have a feeling these 7 bfasts were for one girl/woman, throughout her life, or that’s how I imagine it anyway. Thank you, these words will stay with me.

  • wow- this was marvelous. I couldn’t stop reading- loved how subtle yet descriptive the words read.

    wonderful wonderful.

  • Maria

    You have such a beautiful writing style! I read every single word and enjoyed every bit of it! Magnificent! Thanks for sharing!

  • Lilia

    You are marvelous! It is such a pleasure to read everything you write.
    How sorry I am to miss you in San Francisco. Sometime in the future, peut etre……….

  • Valerie

    Excellent, dreamy vignettes. What beautiful prose. Thanks Clotilde.

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