This Is Summer

Lone hilltop tree

Are you enjoying a summer of slow?

A summer of naps, a summer of lazy, a summer of peaches bitten straight into, leaning over the sink?

Yeah, me neither.

We did go away with the kids for a couple of weeks in the Aveyron region, which we adore.

There, we relaxed in the garden hammock (I totally need a hammock of my own now! It’s the best!), screamed in joyful concert with all of France, drove around to visit medieval castles (there may have been a few toy crossbows involved), took cable car rides from one mountaintop to another, and celebrated my birthday with blueberry tarts and Lunar eclipses (well, just one of each).


Hammocks are the best.

Throughout this though, I confess I haven’t really turned my brain off (is there even an “off” button on there?) as Maxence and I have been planning and coordinating an apartment renovation from afar, and I have been brewing a bunch of new projects for the fall, scribbling pages of ideas in my notebook (obsessed with this limited-edition copper Leuchtturm) as they took shape in my mind.

That’s not a problem for me though, as I thrive on bubbling ideas and exciting plans, so I’m happy as can be.

What’s your summer been like so far?



Maxence and kids

Maxence and our boys in Albi.

P.S.: As we work to renovate our apartment, I have been avidly looking at other people’s homes online. If you’re also looking for Paris (or generally French) interior inspiration, I recommend Rue Rodier Interiors and The Socialite Family.

P.P.S.: I have been blown away by how warmly my cookbook Tasting Paris has been received. I receive daily messages from readers, and the media coverage — from Real Simple to Vogue, from The Globe and Mail to Epicurious — has been amazingly flattering, with such quotes as:

“A beautiful cookbook that reads like a memoir”
“Absolutely genius and gorgeous, and a must-have for francophiles everywhere.”
“A striking book that’s like taking a trip to the magic city of Paris”
“[Tasting Paris] focuses on the contemporary recipes that actual Parisians are loving, eating—and cooking—right now. ”
“No matter how many visits you’ve enjoyed in the capital, this book will have you looking at flights immédiatement.”
“[Clotilde] works a special alchemy not only in the kitchen but in the minds and hearts of her readers.”
“These stories will transport you as much as they will whet your appetite.”
“A guide to re-create a day of gastronomic delights as actual Parisians would experience it.”
“A cookbook beyond compare”
“For anyone who wants to be reminded of the beauty and simplicity of cooking French classics.”
“This book will have you booking your ticket to Paris immediately.”

If you don’t yet have your copy of Tasting Paris, these reviewers seem to think you’re missing out! ;)

P.P.P.S.: You know about my amazing Feta and Fresh Herb Quick Bread, right? It’s a long-standing summer classic for me, as are this Zucchini Tarte Fine and this Lemon Kefir Ice Cream.

Dining outside

Dinner with a view.

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