The Day I Turn 27

I am celebrating my 27th birthday today, and the weather is happy with frequent bursts of thankfulness. Twenty-seven has always been my lucky number so I am not all that surprised, but I have to say this has been an excellent vintage: my first year working for myself (I do recommend it to anyone who likes to work in his pajamas and dislikes being told what to do and when), my first cookbook completed, plenty of gratifying and challenging projects, a few fun-filled trips, more splendid meals than I can count, and more chocolate than I care to admit.

My plans for today involve a blissful mix of doing nothing at all, spending time with the people I love who are close by, and thinking about those who aren’t. And as I do just that, I will keep my fingers crossed, and wish for another year just like this one.

  • 27 on the 27th! This is your magic year! Happy Birthday and congratulations on a past year lived well.
    ~ B

  • Aminda

    Happy birthday Clotilde! I wish you many more great years (like this past one) in the future!

  • lk

    happy birthday! i love reading your stuff and this website. when i feel down, i like to peek in here and see what’s new, about food and a little bit about life.
    -cambridge, massachusetts

  • happy birthday!!! as you know, i have been celebrating since the wee small hours of the morning. in your honor, i had a buttery croissant with my frere marriage marco polo tea. your yummy chocolate cake is waiting to be shared with co-birthday girl, julie jackson of and champagne is chilling. i have choreographed an interpretive dance in your honor and i am working in as many bon mots en francais au jourd hui as i can in your honor.

  • Dawn

    happy birthday to my favourite food blogger!
    my first post and this is the best time to do so. may your day be a sunny bright one with lots of laughter love and yummy food!

  • Bonnie

    Happy birthday and I hope the rainbows are out with the butterflies!

  • Joyeux Anniversaire! Avoir 27 encore, quel reve. Eat something delcious today. Where will the birthday cake come from? Post a photo of it!

  • juliebean

    Happy Birthday! :)

  • Happy 27th and many happy returns!

  • Joyeux Anni!

  • gingerpale

    Happy Birthday, and thanks for sharing that beautiful bouquet!

  • Happy birthday, and many happy returns!

    The rain last nice certainly was nice considering how hot it’s been lately. I hope the nice weather extends to give you an excellent birthday WEEK. ;-)

  • Happy birthday Clotilde!

  • clothilde

    joyeux anniversaire
    profitons de chaque jour, la vie est un cadeau.

  • David

    Happy Birthday Clothilde! And many many more.

  • Un joyeux anniversaire, Clothilde! Enjoy the day and have other people bring you pretty and/or yummy things.

  • suzy

    Happy Birthday!

  • Gustad Mody

    happy bday!!! hope you have 157 more

  • Happy 27th Clotilde! And congratulations on…well…just about everything!

  • Andrea

    Happy Birthday and Congratulations!

  • Bon Anniversaire Clotilde.

  • I’m sure you have many more wonderful and enchanting years ahead… happy birthday!

  • sam

    Joyeaux Anniversaire Clothilde. Bisous de San Francisco…

    sam xxx

  • Happy Birthday! Enjoy your day!

  • Marijke

    GEFELICITEERD!!! Happy Birthday!


  • May your chocolate always stay green and your zucchini always melt in your mouth, not in your hand. Happy Birthday Clotilde! It couldn’t have happened to a nicer food blogger :)

  • Orlene

    Happy 27th Birthday Clotilde! Keep up the beautiful writing and wonderful culinary exploration! Can’t wait for the cookbook!

  • L

    Happy Birthday! 27 is such a great year!

  • Happy birthday! Enjoy, this is your last cubed birthday (3x3x3) until you’re 64 (4x4x4).

  • happy happy birthday! just found your site & it is truly lovely.

  • Teresa

    Happy 27th B-day Clotilde! I am sure it will be a great year for you.

  • happy, happy birthday, Clothilde!

  • chanelle

    happy birthday!!! all the best this year and always!

  • Happy birthday Clotilde!

  • Rose

    Happy 27th! You bring so much joy to those of us who work in cramped cubes all day staring at the glare of a computer. Thank you!

  • Charlotte

    Joyeaux Anniversaire Clotilde. You really do celebrate life–by the way you live your own.

    27 on the 27th! Its gonna be GOOD!

  • Happy birthday Clotilde! and to many more years of inspiring us.

  • Joyeux anniversaire, Clotilde!

    You are such a sparkling example of someone who lives the beauty way– very best wishes on this magical day.

  • Austen

    Happy Birthday, Clotilde! Thank you for sharing your words and your recipes. Your posts are like little presents for us!

  • sc

    Happy Birthday, Clotilde! I love reading your blog. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and recipes. May you have many more years like this one.

    Best Wishes!

  • May you have the best birthday ever and many many more to come. :)

  • Happy birthday, dear Clotilde! You have had a simply breathtaking time since you started this blog, but the last year has been especially spectacular from where your enthralled readers sit! I often use the success and fulfillment that your blog has brought you as an example of what the benefits are of this sort of thing, and you are a living, breathing case for not just taking life as it comes, but making life what you want it to be. May this birthday bring you much joy and comfort, and the next year even more satisfaction, growth, and recognition.

  • Joyeux anniversaire, mon amie!

    Je vous souhaite beaucoup de chance par prochaine année!

  • Happy birthday!

  • happy birthday! best wishes for today and for more vintage years to come. your blog is always lovely to read.


  • Happy birthday, such success and happiness seems contageous, we share your joy!

  • Happy birthday!!! The day I’ll turn 22 is not so far (hi hi hi, 29/07) So we’re both “Lions” (very interesting…). Anyway, I think I won’t get flowers ;-) Un anniversaire mérite bien un peu de français, non? Et puis que peut-on encore souhaiter ? Mmmmmmm…? Adria?

  • happy birthday clotilde! To a wondeful day!

  • Happy Birthday! You are just 9 days younger than me – and yet you seem to have done so much! Well done, you’re an inspiration.

  • Happy Birthday, Clotilde! Hope it’s an absolutely perfect day for you.

  • Happy Birthday Clotilde!!!

  • Happy birthday! I hope you have another wonderful year and that you keep writing your blog- you give me a little present every time I read it. Thanks.

  • Christy

    Happy Birthday to you! And thanks to your Mom for a day of (most likely) almost unbearable pain! Her bravery was all to our benefit!

  • Happy B-Day. Keep up the great writing.

  • Neil

    My, Clotilde, it seems like you just had a birthday yesterday. Has it been that long? What a lot happened in that year.
    Happy Birthday!!

  • Donna Smith-Harrison

    Bonne anniversaire, Clotilde! And many wishes for another wonderful year! Your talent and joie de vivre (et joie de manger!) will carry you far!

    I look forward to seeing what you have in the works for the coming year!


  • A very happy birthday to you, Clotilde! Looking forward to reading more about your cookbook, and all your other lovely posts!

  • Happy Birthday!!!! Have a super next year.

  • Angelica

    Happy Birthday, Clotilde. Thank you for a wonderful blog – I call you the “Mother of all Food Blogs”. Congratulations on your accomplishments and success. From my heart, all the best wishes for a wonderful life and may all your dreams come true.

  • Angelica

    Happy Birthday, Clotilde. Thank you for a wonderful blog – I call you the “Mother of all Food Blogs”. Congratulations on your accomplishments and success. From my heart, all the best wishes for a wonderful life and may all your dreams come true.

  • gisele


    May your day bring you lots of warmth and happiness!


  • Bonne anniversaire et felicitations!
    It was great meeting you in SF. Looking forward to reading the cookbook!


  • happy birthday clotilde! many happy returns…

  • Heather

    Bonne anniversaire!

  • alice

    Happy Birthday Clotilde! May you have many more years like the one that you have had this year so that we as your faithful readers can enjoy such a delightful blog! Thank-you!
    Many happy returns, Alice

  • rainey

    Happy Birthday!

    Lovely flowers. Great color. I hope they came complete with a big smile on the face you’re happiest to see. ;>

  • bonnie

    oh! happy birthday :]

    i don’t normally leave comments (shyness, perhaps?) but i hope you have a wonderful day – i love your site. i’m dreadfully addicted to it; almost as much as i’m dreadfully addicted to making food. >

  • Marina

    Happy B-day Clotilde! You’re usin’ up your 20s splendidly.

    All my best.

  • Susan Jones

    Happy Birthday, Clotilde! July 27 is my birthday as well – I remember this from last year.

    Congratulations on completing the book and I look forward to seeing it in print!

  • Happy, Happy Birthday, Clotilde!

    My birthday wish for you is that EVERY year is as wonderful as the last year has been for you.

  • Have a wonderful day Clotilde.

  • Bonne Anniversaire! A toast to cheer you on a full year of celebration!

    Your fellow July Birthday Buddies, Anni and Ander ala San Francisco!


    Anni :-)

  • Joyeux anniversaire, et bravo pour tout !

  • Victoria

    Happy Birthday! May the next year bring even more wonderful and exciting things for you!

  • Happy Birthday!
    Best wishes for many wonderful years.

  • Claudia

    Happy Birthday to youuuuu, happy birthday to youuuuu….
    Best Wishes from a reader from Munich in Germany!


  • pseudorlaya

    Happy birthday! and thanks for sharing so much with us. Best of all!

  • Valerie

    Happy birthday Clotilde. You have a simple but meaningful wish, and your gladness at being where you are at this point in your life certainly resounds. May you have many more reasons to smile and eat chocolate!

  • manidipa

    many, many happy returns, Clotilde, and may you be forever blessed with good friends and good food.

  • Bonne Anniversaire!
    Thank you for being out there.
    The first blog I ever read and the one that inspired me to try it out myself,so you have been one BIG birthday gift to me :)
    May you have a wonderful day and coming 27th year.

  • Mitch

    A lurker finally writes…and for a very wonderful reason- Happy Birthday Clotilde! You make me drag myself out of bed and you make my mornings bearable.Hmmm,should I also say you make me feel a little jealous? Well, a happy kind of jealous,that is. I just admire you and your lifestyle. Have a great day!

  • Adele

    Many happy returns of the day, Clotilde.

    Hope your 27th year is magical.

  • Dear Clotilde,
    Best wishes on your 27th birthday and congratulations for everything you already accomplished!

  • Buttercream birthday wishes to you!

  • Mila Barreto

    Happy Birthday!!!
    Every year I also do a balance in my life, and I always find perfect and wonderful reasons to be happy and enjoy life as time goes by.

  • paula

    Cheers!! To a healthy, happy year ahead!

  • Susan Grimshaw

    You are making a beautiful life! Thank you for sharing… and don’t forget to go to the comics store with your dad again soon.
    All good wishes, Susan

  • Bonne anniversaire, Clotilde. Enjoy your day and a big salut when you raise that glass of champagne I’m sure Maxence has waiting for you

  • Happy birthday! May your year be filled with all the joy and inspiration you give to others.

  • Sharron

    Happy Birthday Clotilde! Hope the day is Happy! You have a lot to celebrate!

  • Bonne Anniversaire! To many more wonderful birthdays! And many more years enjoying good food and good company! I hope to meet you someday when I can be in the same city at the same time (I missed you in NY by a couple of weeks and ditto for SF!)… thanks for your enthusiasm, your wonderful and inspiring writing and recipes! From a fellow food junkie! I look forward to your cookbook!

  • Lilia

    Bonne Anniversaire, Clotilde! Je vous souhaite une tres bonne annee plein de joie et beaucoup de success.

  • mary

    happy birthday and many happy returns!

  • Pam

    Happy Belated birthday, hope you had a great day!!

  • Cécile

    Joyeux anniversaire !

  • Cécile

    Joyeux anniversaire !

  • I am turning 27 this October – 27th, of course:) So happy birthday to you :)))

  • Joan

    imagining the angelfood fairies piping chocolate birthday messages throughout the sundrenched clouds…for you lovely Clotilde!

  • A belated Happy Birthday, Clotilde. Hope you had a delicious day…and many many more ahead.

  • i’ve really enjoyed your website. thank you for sharing your recipes, tips and photos. hope you have a wonderful birthday!

  • Happy Birthday dear Clotilde… this is such a late one but comes with as much wish as anyone else’s. Here’s to your lucky tweny-seventh year, packed full of happiness and delights. Hoping to catch up with you later this year!


  • felíz cumpleaños Clotilde!!!!!

    happy happy year for you!!!!

  • Marie

    Happy, Happy Birthday, Clotilde!

    Hope that this year brings you more scrumptious food, exotic travel, love and happiness.

    Love heaps,

  • Happy Birthday Clotilde. Here’s to many more special years eating and sharing.

  • As Stevie Wonder would sing – “Happy Birthday to ya! Happy Birthday to ya! Happy Birthday!

  • Best wishes from all of us at Moleskinerie!

  • Griffin

    A very Happy Birthday to you Clotilde. I hope with lots of wonderful things and more to come.

    27 is a good number, a trinity of nines. The root of nine is three, the sacred number – for Hindus as well as Christians.

  • happy birthday!

  • gerard poirot

    Bon anniversaire (un peu en retard) et meilleurs voeux pour l’année à venir !

  • gabrielle

    A late Happy Birthay, Clotilde!
    Congratulations on all your accomplishments. Your writing, recipes and photos make me smile every day–I can’t wait for your cookbook!

  • Katy

    I wish I’d been paying attention … Happy Birthday! I wish I could send you a gift! I’m glad to know you’re so young! At +2x your age, I now know I’ll be able to enjoy you for MY forever, and that does my heart good. Thanks to you, I’m reading Laurie Colwin, am the most in-demand pot lucker in my So Calif mountaintop arts and retirement community, and have enjoyed a taste of the France I’ll never see in this lifetime. That’s what you did for me in your 26th year, I can’t wait for the 27th, which I plan to enjoy from Todos Santos, Mexico, where you and I will continue to cook together! Thank you, YOU are a gift!

  • leigh

    i’m a week late, but happy birthday to my favourite food blogger nonetheless. hope you had a great day, week, year…

  • Rose Levy Beranbaum

    clotilde, i adore your blog (therefore you) and have linked to it from mine ( so how funy to see my name and the google ad when i scrolled down to wish you a bonne anniversaire!
    come visit me in nyc or if you’re in paris mid october i’ll be visiting some dear old friends for a few days in pouvray and a few days in paris.

  • anne

    hello ! je suis née le 27 juillet 1978 …. alors, un très bon anniversaire à une jumelle astrologique, à un an près ….vive les surprises d’internet, j’aime bcp ce blog découvert récemment

  • Katie

    A very belated happy birthday! It sounds like you had a great day. Being 27 myself, I can’t help agreeing with your sentiments (although you do seem remarkably more accomplished that me!)

  • incredible photo!
    Loved it!

  • haide

    Clotilde, heartfelt congratulations on all the good things that have happened so far this year. Well done on pursuing your dreams and glad that you have been met with success and applause.

    I turn 27 on Aug 27!

    Happy belated birthday.

  • kelli Ferrigan

    je ne suis pas venue te lire depuis un long moment– life has a way of getting in the way of my Internet habit sometimes. C&Z me manque– les photos, les mots, les petites tranches de la vie parisienne. but i must take this opportunity to wish you a very happy (belated) birthday (wishing a happy 27th to Haide while i’m at it!)– c’est sûr que vos aventures ne font que commencer! merci de les partager!

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