C&Z Turns Seven!

Heart stencil

Today marks the seventh anniversary of Chocolate & Zucchini, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you, dear readers, for being here.

The past seven years have been, without a doubt, the fullest and the most exciting of my life, and it is in large part thanks to this blog and to you.

I feel lucky to have such an enthusiastic, curious, kind, positive, funny, helpful, thoughtful, articulate, inspiring and well-informed crowd gathered here, and it is an honor and a joy to converse with you.

To celebrate this anniversary, I want to invite you to get together in Paris, and my proposition is twofold:

On Saturday, October 16, you can join me at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France from 11am till noon, for a discussion on food blogs (in French) as part of a series of talks called Les Samedis du Savoir. (The event is free and open to the public.)

And on Sunday, October 17, please come and have a drink with us at Café Charbon; we’ll be there from 7pm (109 rue Oberkampf in the 11th, see map).

I hope you can make it to one or both of these occasions, and I look forward to meeting you in person.

(Note: neither of these is a booksigning event per se, but if you own one of my books, feel free to bring it along; it will be my pleasure to sign it.)

  • Caroline

    Congratulations! I love your blog; your recipes and the way you write about food are a delight. Hope you keep it up for many years to come.

  • Happy Lucky Number 7 Clotilde!

  • Congratulations! I only recently began reading your blog, but I hope you keep writing for another 7 years (and more!).

  • frank

    happy seventh, clotilde!

    (has it really been seven years? my how time flies — i am still working my way through your first book, and i remember when you started working on it!)

    C&Z is still one of my “go-to” places for great articles about food, and great recipes. congratulations again — you deserve every success you get. here’s to seven more!

  • Congratulations! I so enjoy this blog! Here’s to another seven!

  • Oh I’m so jealous – would love to be able to meet in Paris! :)

  • 7 ans, wow ! Bravo, et bon “blog anniversaire” ;)

  • Congratulations Clotilde! you, Bron and Bea were the first three blogs i knew existed and was inspired by when i started mine almost 4 years ago, you are undoubtedly one of the originals and always will be :)i know you wouldn’t remember, but i met you twice in Paris in 2007-once at your 4th blog anniversary! and have continued to view you and your books as the real food blogging “godfather” :P

  • Lacey

    Congratulations! I really enjoy reading your blog and your cookbook. Here’s to more wonderful recipes!

  • Bon anniversary, Clotilde! I can’t believe it’s only been seven years, it feels like I’ve been reading you forever.

    Lots of love from America,

  • Many congrats on the 7th birthday and all those years of inspiring us.

    Joyeux anniversaire (or “lá breithe mhaith agat” in Irish) and long may you run.

  • Congratulations! 7 years is an amazing accomplishment. : )

  • Linda

    I love your blog and love that you care about your readers. If you are ever in the New York area, I’ll bring the book to be signed and be honored to meet you.


  • Congrats Clotilde! I’ve been reading for about 5 and always find your voice refreshing and your recipes inspiring.

  • Congratulations on seven wonderful years… Yours was one of the first blogs I started reading. I recently moved from Sydney to London and leaving your books behind in a box was a particularly sad moment. Perhaps a jaunt on the eurostar calls :)

  • Happy birthday, blog!

  • Congratulations on seven years of great food blogging. I think your blog and Simply Recipes were the first ones I found when I realized there was such a thing as a food blog!

  • Congratulations!!! That is fantastic! I wish I were in Paris to celebrate with you. Here’s to many more.

  • Happy Blog Birthday. I have read your blog since I was in law school – so sometime in 2005 – it is always a pleasure to read your writing and try your recipes :)

  • Happy blog anniversary. I wish I could be in Paris and join the meetup. All the best to you and to your blog!

  • Happy birthday. :)

  • Congrats!
    I’m putting it on my mini-bucket list (that would be things I will do in the next four years) to come to one of your events in Paris.
    Please make sure you keep having them!

  • Emily S.

    Congratulations, Clotilde! I’ve been reading C&Z for about 6 of those years (but normally don’t comment), and have enjoyed watching the blog develop and grow over that time. Great work.

  • terri

    congratulations! happy blogiversary!

  • Congratulations Clotilde. You were the first food blog I read after reading an article in an Australian newspaper. Being inspired to begin my own blog followed soon after. Thank you. You actually changed my life. I can’t imagine how I would have coped with my cancer without the diversion of blogging. And also the support of such wonderful friends I made through the forums.

    I love you have used a heart for your photo, as this week my 2010 LiveSTRONG event is all about hearts.

  • Congratulations Clotilde! I have been reading your blog for years and so enjoy it. I will miss October, but will be in Paris 1st two weeks in November and would love to interview you for my blog/youtube etc….would you be available?

  • Uma

    Congratulations, Clotilde! Here’s to many more years of wonderful, delicious, and lovely food thoughts to share :) I love your blog and books. I hope to make it to one of your get togethers sometime in the future …

  • Congratulations! Wish I could join you in Paris!

  • Congratulations! Yours was one of the first blogs I discovered when I dipped my toe into the food blog pool, and it’s been a constant source of inspiration. Many thanks for all you do.

  • Rachel

    Joyeux blog-iversaire!! Here’s to many more. I wish I could come to one of the events (this is possibly the only time I’ve ever actually WANTED to go to the BNF ;) ), but I’ll be there in spirit.

  • Happy anniversary, Clothilde! Had I guessed, I would have guessed closer to ten, so long it seems you’ve been a kind voice in my kitchen. Thanks for these seven; I look forward to many more.

  • Happy blogiversary! Can’t imagine the food scene without you!

  • Joan

    AH…I looked at the calendar and thought..yep..it was yesterday…’n then thought..I wonder what time it is in Paris..already early morn 30th..

    I open to C&Z ‘n see the heart..the joy

    so..7 years and a day..

    a story fit for a film I reckon…

    surely :-)

    am loving the twofold proposition!!!!!

    will be there very much in spirit…

    I’ll be dining within cooee of The Sydney Harbour Bridge..tonight we’ll raise our glasses in celebration of the birthday..’n doesn’t the weekend of Oct 16/17 read as fun!!!!

  • Congratulations to you, the blog and all it brought you and your readers, long term and new. Get togethers, new friends (on the forums and in real life), recipes and food send to, and from, all over the world.
    You’re still in my daily routine and happy so!

  • Thank you so much for your kind words, everyone — I am deeply touched.

  • Griffin

    Bon Anniversaire Chocolat et Courgette!

    I recommend the site to everyone who wants a recipe for something. I always find it useful and entertaining. I love your writing and I’m still waiting for your first novel/collection of short stories…a story based on a recipe?

    Wish I could be there… wish I could be in Paris just generally. But I am skint yet again… sigh! So would you, purely out of the goodness of your heart have a drink or two for me?! :)

  • Congratulations, clotilde you are a huge inspiration for me, thanks …

  • Wow, 7 years! That’s great! I’ve only been reading for 4-5 years (wow, that’s a long time) – congrats for another year :)

  • Congratulations, Clotilde! I love reading of your food adventures and you are a constant source of inspiration. I would love to meet you in person, but this year I won’t make it… Maybe on the eight anniversary? A girl always need a few excuses up her sleeve to visit Paris :)

  • Tamsin

    Happy anniversary C&Z! Well done for keeping up your wonderful blog for 7 years, I’ve learnt so much from your posts. I can’t believe I’m going to miss your events; we’re driving over and renting a gîte in Champagne the week after next but will be catching the ferry home on Saturday morning. I hope you have a lovely time!

  • sillygirl

    I’m so glad you started this blog and have continued – love your posts. We will be in Paris- but the week before your get together – we’ll be in Greece then. Poor us (crocodile tears!) but I will miss meeting you – maybe another time. Enjoy your celebration of touching other people’s lives!

  • congratulations clotilde, your work and thoughts on all things food are wonderful! 7 years, incredible, time really marches on, doesn’t it?

  • Nick

    Congrats. The best food blog EVER!!!!!

  • Congratulations!!
    I always enjoy your blog.
    Thank you

  • Happy Blogoversary Clotilde! Here’s to 7 more ^_^

  • Congratulations! I wish I were in Paris now to give you a blogoversary hug and to share in your celebrations, but alas I must do this long-distance. Wishing you many, many more years of success.

  • A very happy birthday to you, Clotilde!

  • hannah

    Congratulations, and thanks for many good reads!

  • Happy blog birthday to Chocolate&Zucchini!
    Thank you for all the recipes, and all the knowledge you have imparted upon us, Clotilde!

  • Happy birthday to C&Z! I’ll definitely be there at the BNF, and hopefully at Café Charbon as well! Looking forward to it :)

  • Happy, happy anniversary! I’m sure many more will follow! J’aurais bien aime etre a Paris pour celebrer avec toi, malheuresement je vais me contenter avec des felicitations a distance. Qui sait, peut etre une prochaine anniv ;)

    Have fun!

  • Barbara

    You brighten the first of every month and I look forward to your blog. When are you going to be a regular on the Food Network?????

  • Happy anniversary! I am looking forward to another seven more years of Chocolate & Zucchini!

  • A very happy birthday! I’ve been reading since last year, and really wish I had been reading for longer, but it just means there are more archives to go through.

    Thank you again for all the food ideas and the books. I look forward to another seven (plus) years of wonder!

  • Susan

    I have learned a lot and cooked a lot of wonderful dishes thanks to C&Z! Congratulations and best wishes, Clotilde!

  • Clotilde, I was reading the comments on here before writing my own, & I was astonished with how you have inspired so many people, esp. to start their own blog! I am one of them too – yours was the first ever food blog I read back when I was still a designer. – You truly are inspirational Clotilde, keep up the good work! all the best, t xx

  • Congrats! Having just hit anniversary 2 with my blog, I know what I huge success and how much work went into the Big 7! Keep up the great work.

  • Congrats Clotide!!!

    Wow, Seven years, unbelievable and cool!!!

    We LOVE you in Maine, USA
    From our kitchen to yours,


  • Clotilde, sincerest congratulations and many thanks for your dedication to this blog over the past seven years. I’ve visited this happy little (ah, not so little anymore!) home of yours since the early days, and as I’ve skipped down the path, so have you soared. It has been the greatest pleasure to see you enjoy such well-deserved success!

    A toast to you, to your singular recipes and warm voice, and to another seven, eight, nine years of blog posts at the very least! ;)

  • Hi Clotilde. I’ve enjoyed your blog ever since I discovered the addictive world of food blog and although I don’t comment often, I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you how much I adore your edible idioms posts. I’m a wannabe French speaker and there is nothing more exciting than to see how food is so deeply ingrained in the French language.

    How I wish I could attend your events! If you’re ever in Bombay, do let me know. I’d love to show you around. :)

    • I am very happy to hear it, Shaheen, the edible idiom series is a lot of fun to write. :)

  • congrats – I enjoy coming back.

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