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The C&Z Book Launch

It was like a treasure hunt. We found the address on a sidestreet near the Natural History Museum. Ah, but that was just the ticket desk, where we collected instructions for our next destination, another nearby building. The door was locked. We rang the bell and said the secret password: "Chocolate and Zucchini". With a smile, the door-answerer let us in.

Upstairs, a book launch was beginning in honor of the internet's most charming food blogger and her new cookbook (British edition), Chocolate & Zucchini: Daily Adventures in a Parisian Kitchen. Trays of appetizers, locally prepared from Clothilde's cookbook, greeted the arriving crowd. Soft breads from fruits, bread, and meats were a highlight, but my favorite dish was the zucchini carpaccio, with soft goat's cheese, gently macerated, and eaten on slices of bread, while sipping bubbly. After the main event of the evening, a course of chocolate nibbles followed, a light, moussey chocolate raspberry cake topped with fresh raspberries and crunchy chocolate cookies.

The author gave us a verbal introduction to the blog and the book - how she discovered food as a hobby by moving to another country and seeing food anew through alien stores and restaurants; moving back to Paris; gambling on a book contract to establish a new full-time career as a food writer; the challenges of being one's own team lead; the satisfactions of doing a job which sells people something they want to look at for fun, not just for work.

The audience was primarily in their 20s and 30s. Partially this was a consequence of the blog's audience, partially a consequence of the timing of the event. 6:30 on a Wednesday is likely to be most convenient for students and city workers, although there was a reasonably minority of people who looked to be of retirement age as well. How many other food bloggers whose work I read were represented in that room? I may never know; it mostly didn't seem that kind of social event. We were there for the book.


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Jun. 21st, 2007 10:32 am (UTC)
It was fabulous! It's always nice to be fed tasty treats.
Jun. 21st, 2007 05:03 am (UTC)
Oh, man, I'm so disappointed that the scheduling of my trip didn't allow me free time in London--it turned out, my parents and I weren't going back into the city at the end, like I'd thought when I talked to you about it. This entry reminds me of what I'd imagined must be the exciting thing about rendez-vousing with you: fascinating food choices. I did, however, eat wasabi chocolate cake on my travels! I was disappointed that there wasn't more wasabi in it, but it was still pretty good, happily less sweet than chocolate cake often suffers itself to be.

Anyways, sorry to have missed you and really sorry to have completely forgotten to touch base ahead of time (while internet was still plentiful), if only to say that it wasn't looking good.
Jun. 21st, 2007 10:31 am (UTC)
wasabi chocolate cake

At Wagamama, perchance?

Next time! You can come visit me next time!
Jun. 21st, 2007 11:57 pm (UTC)
Yes, at Wagamama. Mmmm, tasty.

I'm hoping very much that next time is actually very soon!
Jun. 24th, 2007 08:47 am (UTC)
yum! You turned me on to her site when I was living in Paris - and I am forever grateful! I'm so glad you went to the launch!
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