- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd; First Edition edition (18 May 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0714531405
- ISBN-13: 978-0714531403
- Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 1.7 x 16.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 472,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Chocolate & Zucchini Paperback – 18 May 2007
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'It is real escapist, drool-on-your-keyboard stuff as Dusoulier
drifts around Paris on a waft of sugar-scented air...' -- The Guardian
'Part recipe box, part blissful musings on life, this blog will
transport you instantly to France' -- Marie Claire
Readers of Dusoulier's ebullient blog won't be disappointed by
this wonderful melange of new creations and old favorites' -- Publishers Weekly
About the Author
CLOTILDE DUSOULIER trained as a software engineer and spent two
years in the US before returning to Paris. In 2003 she began her blog,
chocolateandzucchini.com. She recently gave up her job to become a
full-time food writer.
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Top Customer Reviews
Unfortunately, my copy of the book now has some loose pages because it hasn't withstood being opened out on the kitchen table whilst I'm following a recipe - it would benefit from a more robust binding, but don't let that put you off!
Each one with a story and most of them with some wine recommendation - and of course - with mouth-watering and yummy pictures which make you "Aaaah" and "Ooooh" troughout the whole book while reading.
I especially loved the part about Clothilde herself where she tells us about her creativity and curiosity, some shopping tips for Parisians and -of course- her cooking philosophy.
The book now - after reading it a second time - is scattered with little yellow bookmarklets for all those recipes I marked for "want to give it a try".
Such as "Lemon Butter Cookies", "Chocolate Caramel Tarte", "Nectarine, Peach and Ginger Tarte", "Chocolate Raspberry Cake", "Chocolate & Zucchini Cake" (of course), "Chicken Cashew Quiche", "Bulgur-stuffed round Zucchini", "Mustard Chicken Stew", "Cumin Cheese Puffs", "Tuna and Green Apple Mousse", "Chestnut and Mushroom Soup", "Onion and Cumin Quiche", "Mushroom and Chantal Cheese Tartine"... to name a few...
I am looking forward to give the one or the other a try!
If you like Clothilde's blog you'll certainly likeher book!
The friendly and decidedly easy-going tone of the writing is heartening. There are anecdotes, experiences and reminiscences that flow beautifully alongside recipes. It is though you have a welcome friend chatting as you leisurely decide whether you will be having the chilled soup or Comté cheese soufflés. This also gives a great charm to the book's style which is unhurried and full of the pleasures of life. It makes the recipes easily understood and, I think, would definitely give confidence to a novice cook to experiment and learn new things. I particularly have to praise the recipe section on savoury tarts. Not only did this bring me to thoroughly enjoy home-made quiche (something I thought was impossible) but is based on what is the best savoury short pastry recipe I've ever come across for home cooking. It bakes like a dream and the days of soggy, unappetising, pastry seem to be banished. Thank you, Mme Dusoulier!
At times American English versions of some words do crop up in recipes.Read more ›
OH! the chocolate raspberry cake! I made it for my father's 92nd birthday..not a crumb was left.
This is highly recommended...I imagine word will spread and this delightful book will become a resident of many a kitchen around the world...it would make a gorgeous gift for any foodie friend :-)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Meeting Clotilde Dusoulier in person was the icing on this lovely book! As easy to use as she was sweet, her collection of recipes are easy to do even if you don't live in France... Read morePublished on 27 May 2010 by Marina Teoh
One of the best of the rash of recent cookbooks. Modern French cooking, conscious of health concerns, but not faddish.Published on 21 Mar. 2010 by Jonathan Sidaway
'we're going to go to the cinema'. That's a Jacques Brel song.
one of my other favourite songs is the one by 'the smiths' that goes 'take me out tonight, oooh anywhere,... Read more
I have sadly just come to the end of reading Clothilde's first book, and if it wasn't for the fact that I have Bill Buford's Heat lined up at my bedside, I would be feeling quite... Read morePublished on 1 Mar. 2008 by K. Johnston
I'm a fan of the C&Z blog, but the cookbook exceeded all my expectations. Great narrative about each recipe, beautiful photos, wine suggestions to drink with what you've just made,... Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 2007 by U's mom