Interview with Clotilde Dusoulier from Chocolate and Zucchini--continued
What’s your strongest childhood food memory?
The pastries my family bought at the local bakery on vacation in the French Alps, after a long day of hiking up and down steep mountain trails. Never has an amandine tartlet tasted more divine!
Which chef or food personality are you dying to meet?
I can’t really think of a single person: there are many people whose work I admire, and I’ve never been shy about getting in touch with them when I was moved to. The wonderful thing about the Internet is that it has made the world a lot smaller, and most of these inspiring people are within reach – and actually happy to hear from you – if you can compose a heartfelt, non-creepy email.
After a long day of writing, talking, reading and thinking about food, do you still have the courage to cook yourself and your family dinner?
I do! At the end of the day – both literally and figuratively – it is my passion for cooking and eating homemade foods that sustains everything I do.
Is there anything that you refuse to eat or cook?
There is nothing I won’t taste at least once, and I think of myself as a pretty all-embracing cook, but I’d rather not fry stuff at home because of the smell, the mess, and the large amounts of oil that you have to get rid of somehow.
Your worst food flop was…
It took me a while to get the hang of bread baking, and I produced my share of dense and rubbery bricks before I developed the skills and experience I then shared on Chocolate & Zucchini.
When you’re not cooking, you are…
Writing, reading, laughing with my boyfriend, playing with our son.
What is the future of Chocolate and Zucchini?
My ambition is to continue to follow my passion, my curiosity, and my appetite, to offer inspiration and ideas to my readers, and to encourage them to play in the kitchen. I feel that what people need the most is the motivation to cook for themselves and their family on a daily basis, without feeling like they’re chained to the stove or cooking the same things all the time, so I strive to offer fun tips and simple ideas that put the joy back into the process.
You can read about Clotilde's adventures on her blog, Chocolate and Zucchini, written in both English and French!