C&Z Turns 10!

Just me, celebrating.

Ten years ago, after a conversation with Maxence over shabu-shabu at a wonderful — but now extinct — Japanese restaurant in Montmartre, I decided to create Chocolate & Zucchini. I needed a space to write about the many things that make me happy at the greenmarket, in the kitchen and at the table, and I wanted a chance to reach out to like-minded cooks.

The first recipe I ever published was one for chouquettes, or sugar puffs, and I’m really glad it was, because ten years later I am still just as excited about them as I am about this blog.

I have said it before, and I will say it again: Chocolate & Zucchini has changed my life. It has allowed me to build a career around the things I love the most: cooking, writing, learning, eating, sharing, exploring. It has widened my world view while simultaneously making me feel connected, it has taught me that nothing beats pursuing your dreams, and it has allowed me to meet — virtually and in real life — more fascinating and passionate people in ten years than I expected to in a lifetime.

Naturally, none of this would have happened without you, your presence, your support, your messages, your stories. So I want to thank you for everything that you’ve given me over the past ten years, and tell you how grateful and honored I am that you come here, and read what I have to say, and cook what I suggest you do, and come back to tell me about it. Here’s to ten more!

As a 10th anniversary gift to the blog, I am preparing a complete redesign of the site: it is well under way, and should be ready in the next couple of months.

And as a 10th anniversary gift to you, I will be holding ten giveaways throughout the month of October, each offering you a chance to win one of the many fabulous things I’ve discovered and fell in love with these past ten years.

Please come back on Wednesday for the first one!

  • Laura

    Congratulations! I’ve cooked many meals inspired by you and C&Z. Thank you.

  • paul


    for my wife’s birthday this year, I planned a surprise trip to paris for her, and my way of telling her was to give her a copy of your guide; we had a fantastic time.

    I’ve really enjoyed this site over the years (my first time making bechamel was your cauliflower gratin recipe!), and your books.

    • That wife of yours is a lucky woman! :)

  • Very many congratulations on reaching this milestone! I can see how much work you put into the blog, and it is even more impressive given that English is not your mother tongue. I was impressed by the way your French and your English language newsletters are different enough to know that you write them separately. I’ve also been impressed to see that you are back at blogging more frequently now that the baby is a little older. Your recipes are tasty and work. There are many many really good ideas and lots of snippets of useful technical information on the blog. You thoroughly deserve your reputation as one of the best food bloggers around. Bonne continuation!

    • Thank you, dear Susan, it means so much to know my efforts don’t go unnoticed!

  • congratulations clotilde, congratulations C&Z! this was one of the first food blogs (heck, any blog for that matter) that i started reading regularly, and it’s wonderful to see it after a decade still going strong… here’s to another decade and beyond!! xx

  • Eva

    Congratulations! I started blogging recently with a very small personal blog and have no idea where it will lead me to, but your story is definitely encouraging. Keep on your good work :)

  • Andrea P.

    Congratulations! C&Z was the first food blog I was reading regularly and I still love it :)

  • Congratulations, Clotilde and C&Z! You’re doing such a great job with this blog; it’s always a delight to read (and full of info that is accessible even to amateur cooks). I just opened a nice cabernet sauvignon, so here’s to many more blogging years to come. Cheers.

  • Eve

    Happy Birthday Clotilde, congratulations with C&Z! Amongst all blogs out there, you were one of the first. Certainly one of the first that earned a fast amount of followers, of which I am a still happy one. Please keep on doing what you’re doing, sharing your love for food and sharing a bit of France, Paris and a bit of you. Thank you!
    I am looking forward for the new layout of the website (but please do not remove the current recipes!!!)

    • Not to worry, the ten years’ worth of recipes aren’t going anywhere! If anything, they’ll be easier to find and navigate through.

  • Kylie

    Very exciting, and congratulations! I love your first book so much. And was so thrilled with top ten tips for visiting Paris. We visited Rose Bakery and a lovely bistro – food was so good. It made the trip all the more romantic. I’m also inspired by your desire and motivation to make your dreams happen, it makes so much seem possible in ones own world! X

    • I’m delighted I could help you make the most of your Paris trip, Kylie!

  • Felicitations! Amazing how time flies – it feels like just a few months ago we met at the 5th anniversary party. Thank you so much for your encouragement over the last few years, and here’s to many more!

    • Well, it’s meeting people like you that makes it so special. :)

  • 10 years C&Z is still one of my favorites! Congrats on being a blogging pioneer and creating such a wonderful, enduring site!

  • Mitch

    Based on your post way back in 2008, I purchased a dough whisk and have since given several as gifts. I always credit you and Chocolate & Zucchini as the source of inspiration for this gadget and many wonderful recipes.

    Congratulations on a decade of food blogging success – and best wishes for many more!

    • I use my dough whisk at least once a week, and still delight in it after all these years. So glad you share my enthusiasm!

  • Congratulations, Clothilde! Here is an anecdote for you – I had a friend visit from the USA a few weeks ago, and she walked in and saw your book on my table. “Oh, you’ve got Clothilde’s book!” she exclaimed. “Yes,” I said. “Do you follow her too?” To which the reply was, “Doesn’t everybody?”

    You inspired me to start my own food blog, which is very small and amateur, but I enjoy keeping a record of the recipes I adapt or re-invent…. and some of my friends sometimes look at it, which is nice!

    Many congratulations, and here’s to another ten years – if you aren’t too busy making soup to try to get some vegetables into Milan!

    • Thanks Annabel, that means a lot!

  • I am so thrilled for you, and for all of us. Ten years!! I must have been reading close to all of them, at least 8 or 9 – I remember meeting you at Otto in NYC when you came for a visit in 2005.

    I’ve made so many things from your site and cookbooks, and refer people to you regularly, and am ever impressed and moved by how committed you are to connecting with your readers in your comments.

    Can’t wait to see your redesign. Here’s to ten more years, of C&Z or whatever other projects bring you this much satisfaction and joy.

    • Thank you Lisa, it’s great to “see” you again after all these years!

  • Magdalena

    so happy for you Clotilde and congratulation; i cook with you often and yesterday I made rot beet hummus which is so good!Thank you for your recipies and this great blog;i find a lot of inspirations here – love your style and again congratulations for your hard work, consequency and creativity!

  • Felicitaciones, Clotilde! I have loved C&Z for years and wish you many more years of success!

  • suzy

    congratulations, Clotilde! Best wishes for the next ten years!

  • Stephie

    Congratulations Clotilde on 10 wonderful years! I’ve been reading along for most them and have enjoyed it. Here’s to many more! :)

  • Congratulations, Clotilde! I’m looking forward to what the future brings for you and C&Z,and I can’t wait to see the redesign.

  • Pauline

    Quel beau succès ! Je me rappelle il y a quelques années déjà presque 10 ans que tu préparais des mets pour tes avec une minutie pleine d’attention pour tes convives … Qu il fallait être patients pour attendre de déguster ces recettes fabuleuses le temps d’une photo!bon anniversaire et longue vie à tes explorations culinaires que tu nous fais partager.

  • Clotilde you are the first blog I ever read. Still one of my favourite reads. Keep on keeping on and here’s to many more fabulous years! XO

  • Many, many congratulations, Clotilde! I’m sure I’ve said it before but it bears repeating – I’ve now been reading C&Z (the first food blog, or for that matter any kind of blog, I started following) for seven years, and you’ve been a huge inspiration – both for my cooking and, almost two years ago, to finally start my own (non-food) blog. Thank you for changing my cooking for the better and making my explorations of Paris much richer. Here’s to the next ten years!

  • Clotilde!! happy birthday to you and C&Z. Thank you for inspiring me with your great writing and original recipes. I remember very fondly the blog anniversary party I attended years ago, where I met fantastic people. can’t wait to discover the new website. xx

  • Congrats Clotilde, and thank you for all the good that C&Z brought me: friends all over the world. C&Z was, and still is, my first to-go-to page for all things food and travel related.( just went through your Tokyo-things as I’ll be there next week ).
    The people-meeting thing is also still going on. Love it. Please keep going, experiment, grow, enjoy, and share. We love to follow. XO

    • Lucky you — have a splendid time in Tokyo!

  • Alison

    Congratulations on ten years! I attended your 2nd anniversary party in 2005. How time flies!

    • How fun! I am delighted to hear you’re still following along.

  • Congratulations Clotilde!! What an incredible accomplishment. Here’s to many more years. Can’t wait to see the redesign.

  • Martina


    Yours was the first blog I ever read and is still a constant and loved companion in my kitchen

    Merci beaucoup

  • congratulations and happy anniversary!

  • Jo

    Happy Anniversary.

  • Ah, what a celebration and accomplishment! You are inspiring! And I totally relate to your recent interview with Debbie Koenig. I started my blog when my son was an infant. There were more than just chives in his hair!

    • Wow, starting a blog with an infant is pretty ambitious, but it looks like you found your groove very quickly!

  • Maria

    Congratulations! Like another commenter, I have my beloved dough whisk thanks to you! And we still use your guidebook when looking for a new place to try in Paris. Here’s to the next ten years!

    • Should we create an international dough whisk lovers’ club you think? :)

  • Nycole

    Congrats ! So happy to low that you’ll continue to delight us for an other 10 years . I’ve been reading your blog since the beginning and me too same as so many others love you like a very good friend
    You are definitely the QUEEN of food blogging !!

  • Kristin

    I was just heading to your blog this morning to tell you how much I am enjoying my breakfast this morning: coconut toasted oats over wild black cherries with a sprinkle of a pistachio Meyer lemon ‘gremolata’ over the top…a little tendril of inspiration from your post a few days ago! I want now to first congratulate you on 10 beautiful, generous, inspiring, and delicious years of C&Z, and especially to thank you for ALL of the tendrils of inspiration that have blossomed in my kitchen since I discovered C&Z. Bravo!!!!

    • That breakfast sounds extraordinary, I’m glad I can take a smidge of credit for it! :)

  • Ingrid

    I have been reading your blog since fall 2008, and I think I haven’t missed a single entry. I have made many recipes and I keep coming back to them. Now, after the birth of my daughter, I do not have so much time to cook (for now), so I really enjoy your series on cooking with children.
    I love reading your entries: your writing is exquisite and your photography is refreshing and relaxing in its understatement. Most importantly, I keep coming back to your blog because of the wonderful combination of creativity and simplicity. I have changed my approach to cooking – as well as other things – based on what I see to be your philosophy of making things creatively yet while keeping them simple. This approach is so welcome in today’s world. I find this philosophy both comforting and invigorating.

    Thank you very much!

    • Thank you for your very kind words, and congratulations on the birth of your baby girl! I hope you soon find it easier to spend time in the kitchen — I know I missed not being able to for a while.

  • Happy anniversary to C&Z! When I started reading your blog five years ago, I read all the way back in reverse because I love your writing so much. Thank you for taking me to Paris and so many other exotic places in your posts. You are also a joyful companion to have in the kitchen!

  • Well, it’s because of your blog that I’ve bought all of your books. And cooked a lot of interesting recipes. Thank you.

  • Happy anniversary!!

  • Judi

    You had me at chouquettes; my neighbor’s guilty pleasure and evoquateur of many memories (not mine) in Une Gourmandise by Muriel Barbery.

    • You know, I haven’t read that one! I’m adding it to my to-read list now. Thank you!

  • Congrats Clotilde!!!
    You must feel very proud!!
    I love your blog and books and really look forward to the next 10 years of reading, cooking and exchanging with you and the other C&Z readers.
    What a joy.
    Christiana x

  • Congratulations…as a new blogger your blog and what you have accomplished is a real inspiration.

  • Neil D

    Congratulations! I’m so glad you found your happy place! I want to thank you as well, because I found you in the early stages of my culinary career, and your blog helped me make the jump six years ago. And now, i’m about to open my own restaurant!!

    • That’s wonderful, Neil, I hope you’ll share some details when the restaurant is open. Good luck!

  • Thank you very much for all your kind words, you have no idea how much they mean to me! ^^

  • Christelle

    Happy Anniversary Clotilde! And thank you for both the conviviality of the blog and for continuing to inspire us! xxx

  • Chère Clotilde, J’adore recevoir votre lettre que je garde et lis à petites doses quand je veux me reposer et m’évader. Merci de votre fraicheur et bonheurs partagés! Et félicitations pour cette décennie!

  • This is such an amazing accomplishment! As someone who is just starting blogging, it seems like quite a feat! Do you have any tips on how to maintain the inspiration and persistence? I’m loving it but can’t imagine what 10 years down the line would look like!

    • Perhaps the secret is to be very true to yourself on the blog, so it can shift and change with you as you grow and evolve as a person, and you never feel trapped or constrained by it.

  • Richelle

    Congratulations, what a great achievement. I discovered your blog by chance about 5 years ago when researching a trip to France.
    I love reading your blog and LOVE your cookbooks (so much so, the pages are falling out from overuse – I went for an Ebook this time!). Well done and I look forward to reading (and cooking) more!!

    • Thank you, I so appreciate your kind words!

  • Birgit

    Congratulations, and thank you for all the inspiration and wonderful recipes over the past 10 years!

  • Congratulations on 10 great years! Your blog was a great companion to me during the 6 years I lived in Paris, inspiring me to start my own, and I now continue to enjoy it living here in Thailand. Bonne continuation!

    • Thank you, and best wishes on the impending birth! ^^

  • Happy Anniversary!

    I cannot overstate the joy I take in your work!

    • Thank you — what a kind way to put it! ^^

  • Uma

    Congratulations, Clotilde! I am very happy to read your works (blog and books) and see your well-deserved success. Have tried many of your recipes and look forward to more. Thank you :)

    • Thanks so much! Never hesitate to report back on the recipes you try, I’m always delighted to hear about that.

  • Bon anniversaire! I have probably been reading for about 8 of those years! So glad we’ve had a chance to meet because of our blogs – and that those meetings increase over time!

    • Thank you Sara! You are definitely one of the fascinating and passionate people I thank this blog for bringing into my life. ^^

  • Max Baden

    I’ve followed you since I was 15 – I’m now 25.

    I had no idea it had been so long; I’m actually tearing up. Thank you, really thank you for making the internet a more whimsical, warm, and delicious place, and for gracing my mind and table with some truly lovely things.


    • Thank you, Max, that truly means a lot to me.

  • Have you seen the years go by? I haven’t, and 8 years down the tracks, I look forward to your posts as eagerly as I did back then…You have inspired so many, including myself to follow their dreams, experiment, and explore. We’ve never met, but I recognize myself a lot in your writing. Planning a trip to Paris this Christmas, this time I will grab your guide book for inspiration. Here’s to 10 more years!

  • Sybil

    Dear Clotilde. I am one of the Australian ladies that met you at your book signing at WH Smith’s in Paris on Saturday 28 September. It was a delight to meet you after receiving your blogs for several years and owning your three books. Thanks you for the taste of snacks and wine. You are as pleasant in real life as you sound in your blog. Keep up your good work and I look forward to 2014 and hopefully the return of monthly photos.

    • Thank you Sybil! It was a pleasure to chat with you. Thank you so much for coming. ^^

  • famke

    Congratulations Clotilde! Thank you for sharing your recipes and ideas. Your newsletter is the one I Always look forward to reading and consequently trying the recipes!

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