Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Chocolate & Zucchini - The book!

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Do you read Chocolate & Zucchini?”, came an instant message on my laptop screen. It was a friend from my favorite bookshop. “Yes! Of course!”, was my enthusiastic reply. Before her next message came I already knew. Clotilde’s book…they were going to order it.

Chocolate & Zucchini was one of the two food blogs I first started reading (this is the other one). To a great part, C&Z is one of the reasons I was inspired to dip my toes into, what was for me then, the very unchartered territory of food blogging. It also, more importantly, inspired me in countless ways here in my own kitchen. Clotilde’s site was, and remains to be, a little piece of Paris that I can visit whenever I want.

I am one of her many (many!) readers who heartily cheered when Broadway Books decided to publish her, and then eagerly awaited the book’s arrival. However, truth be told, in the back of my head, I was worried that her book might not reach my shores. I was ready to order it online if it came to that.

But happy day! The bookshop decided to order it (I gave them a glowing tribute!) and now I have my own copy of the Chocolate & Zucchini cookbook! Hooray! Like Clotilde says in the foreword:

“…I find that a book – the object itself, the weight in your hands, the presence on your bedside table – has a personality and charm that a Web site can never hope to achieve.”

I agree. I love to snuggle up with my books, dragging them into bed, their physical presence a great comfort to me. Now I have a tangible piece of C&Z to call my own. I am still going through it and, if you are a fan of Clotilde’s, it does not disappoint. The recipes are prefaced with delightful snippets in Clotilde’s unmistakable lilt. The recipes themselves are pure C&Z, unfussy celebrations of delicious flavors. There are simple dishes that really let the ingredients’ characters shine, as well as more involved recipes that crank up the impressive factor. I haven’t finished reading it, and already there are many dishes getting bookmarked. One I have already tried and will be posting soon. There are also sections on Clotilde’s cooking philosophy, stocking your pantry, and entertaining. I am very pleased with my purchase, and it presently sits on my night table where I have been perusing it every night.

When I bought this, there were only three copies left, as it was part of a small batch that arrived before the actual shipment. Don’t worry! The next batch is being air freighted as I type. If you want to reserve a copy call Fully Booked at 7565001 to 04.

16 comments:

Mae said...

This is so exciting! I'm a shamed to say that i'm not familiar with C&Z much but i've heard about the book before. I wonder if they have it here in Jersey!

It's good to know i'm not the only food-geek that cuddle up with a great cookbook! Ok, let me re-phrase that... i read cookbook before going to sleep! Not cuddle them while sleeping! hahaha.

wysgal said...

Wow you have a copy already? I think it's not being released in the US until May 15th. Glad to see a food blogger successfully making the transition to print publishing. =)

Pille said...

Glad to hear that it didn't disappoint!! I love Clotilde's blog, and hope to have a chance to look at the book soon, too..

christine said...

YAY!! I've had this book in my wishlist since Clotilde announced it was on pre-order in Amazon! So nice to know FB has it! :) Thanks for letting us know.

christine said...

Now if only Melissa of Travellers Lunchbox gets published!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Mae! It is! :) I'm sure they will get it there (if they can get it here). Yes, you are not alone! And sometimes I fall asleep while reading...so the books do end up "sleeping" snugly beside me!

Hi Wysgal! Yep! I have no idea why...maybe we are a special export trade nation? Hehehe ;) Sometimes we get paperbacks too while the US still only has the hard cover version! I agree...it's great to see a blogger published!

Hi Pille! I really do like it :) And of course there is the thrill of seeing a blog you read in "solid" form in your hands!

Hi Nens! Yes! I was going to resort to Amazon when my friend in FB called me :) The new batch should be arriving soon since it was air freighted! Ditto on Travellers Lunchbox!

in-JeN-iosiTy said...

I read Chocolate & Zucchini Joey!!! ;) Wow--A COOKBOOK!! goodie!!!!!

thess said...

Hi joey!

oh wow, she's got a pulished book? This i must find =)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Jen! Yes, so exciting! :)

Hi Thess! Yup! Nice to see bloggers get publish...especially ones you really admire :)

Kristen said...

I am so excited for her. What a dream!
I believe we still have some time to wait before it hits our bookstores.

Barbara said...

Great to get an early review Joey. C&Z was the first blog I ever read and inspired me to begin my own also.

Lori said...

My god, I'm green with envy that you have an advanced copy! Can't wait til I get my hands on one too.

Marketman said...

Joey, it isn't even on the bookshelves in U.S. bookstores! Now that you say its worth it, I am going to get a copy on the 15th!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Kristen! A dream indeed! I think you only have to wait a few more days :)

Hi Barbara! Nice to know we have that in common :) I am really enjoying the book...

Hi Lori! Maybe Fully Booked still has some left...but the next batch should be here soon too :)

Hi Marketman! If you enjoy Clotilde's blog you will enjoy her book :) It has all her personality and a lot of delicious sounding recipes!

Peabody said...

Wow, I didn't know C & Z had a book. Very cool.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Peabody! It is cool isn't it? :) Such a thrill to hold a blog you have been reading in your hands :)