Bonjour Mai!

Chocolate & Zucchini newsletter // May 2018 edition
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Lilac in bloom

• We've had an eerily summer-like month of April, with cherry blossoms and lilac and wisteria blooming everywhere, unending afternoons at the park, and blissful dinners on sidewalk terraces.

• I have been to see the exhibition Dutch Artists in Paris, which ends on May 13, and L.O.V.E.D. it. My favorite part was seeing the paintings Van Gogh painted of Montmartre when he lived on rue Lepic, behind a handsome blue door I always point out with relish on my Montmartre tours. And now, based on the view he painted from his apartment, I've even figured out which window he was looking out from!

Van Gogh Rue Lepic

• This month, I also want to recommend a little store I love called Sept Cinq, which sells clothing and accessories all created by Paris-based designers. I especially like the jewellery from BDM Studio, and got myself a ring I adore.

Meet me at these events!

I will be presenting my new cookbook Tasting Paris at these two events. Please come meet me if you can!

Paris, France: Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 7:30pm
Talk and book signing at the American Library in Paris, 10 rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris, M° Ecole Militaire, +33 (0)1 53 59 12 60.
The event is free and public; a suggested donation of 10€ will help support the Library's programming.
Tasting Paris will be available for purchase.

Dallas, Texas: Saturday, June 2, 2018, 7pm Book signing at Interabang Books, 10720 Preston Rd. Ste. 1009B, Dallas, TX 75230, (214) 484 4289.
The event is free and public.
Tasting Paris will be available for purchase.

TASTING PARIS: 100 Recipes to Eat Like a Local

A Montmartre shirt designed by yours truly

Would you like to wear a shirt that celebrates the beauty and charm of Montmartre in a unique, hand-drawn way? I have just the shirt for you, available for men, women, and children, with an illustration I drew inspired by my beloved neighborhood.

Montmartre Shirt

Learn French before your next trip!

If you have plans to visit France in the near future (or just daydreaming about it!), working on your French is such a great way to prepare for your trip. I have partnered with Frantastique, a fun and well-crafted online French course, to offer you your first month free, no strings attached.

The courses are delivered by email daily, you can customize them to your level and preferences, and that one free month should give you a good idea of what it would be like to learn or improve your French over a longer period of time. Are you in?

Cherry Blossoms at the Jardin des Plantes

Kale Tabbouleh with Cilantro and Chorizo

(April 24, 2018)Kale, Cilantro, and Chorizo Tabbouleh

{Scroll down to enter the giveaway!} Today, I am sharing with you a beautiful and delicious recipe excerpted from Marie Asselin’s new book, Simply Citrus. Marie Asselin is the talented Quebec-based author of the blog Food Nouveau, which documents her cooking and baking adventures. She is also a food stylist, […]

Instant Pot Ramen-Style Pork Belly

(April 17, 2018)Instant Pot Ramen-Style Pork Belly

I have been wanting to share this recipe for ramen-style pork belly with you for, oh, two years and a half, ever since I made it for the first time, using Camille Oger’s excellent directions in her post Easy braised pork and quick rāmen. Camille Oger is a French food […]

Behind the Scenes at La Maison du Chocolat

(April 10, 2018)La Maison du Chocolat

A little treat for you and me today! A few months ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the facility where all La Maison du Chocolat treats are manufactured, in Nanterre, just outside of Paris.

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Clotilde Dusoulier is a French food writer based in Paris. Her focus is on fresh, colorful, and seasonal foods, making room for both wholesome, nourishing dishes and sweet treats.

Read her blog at and follow her on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Listen to her personal development podcast (in French), Change ma vie.

Clotilde Dusoulier, 10 rue de Penthièvre, 75008 Paris, France.