Teatime in Paris! US Release and Online Book Tour

What can I say?  It may have been quiet here on le blog but, I can tell you, it has been a busy and emotional week. Following the release of Teatime in Paris in the UK, the launch event was last week in one of Paris’s most hidden, secret gems at the Treize café.

Teatime in Paris book event Treize Cafe

Photos thanks to Inez Forbes

A huge thanks to all of you who managed to pop in – it wasn’t the easiest of times to come by on a weekday afternoon so it was wonderful to see so many of you! Thank you to Laurel Sanderson and her staff at Treize for hosting the event and thanks to Inez Forbes for these photographs – I was so bowled over that I forgot to bring out the camera.

Some of you cleverly managed to grab Carol Gillott for a signing. Carol did this most delicious watercolour artwork for the endpapers and I’m so proud to show it off. She’s posted about the event on her famous blog,  ParisBreakfasts and now continues to enchant her followers with more beautiful maps of Paris.

pastry map of Paris by artist Carol Gillott in Teatime in Paris

Beautiful watercolour pastry artwork by Carol Gillott in Teatime in Paris – photo also by Carol

I love making new friends and so it was inspiring to meet Anne Penketh (author of Food Fight – have just ordered it, looks super), Paula and Catherine from Australia, a lovely couple from Oregon, discover a new tea companion, Céline Huet of Arthémiss who even posted exceptionally in English about Teatime (she’s also in love with Théodor Teas), and thanks to Cédric Bonnard who is the internet guru behind this new website design.

What a sweet coincidence to have met Nicola of Literary Ramblings, who was so taken with the idea of having Teatime in Paris that she stayed on from her lunch at Treize with her fans and even posted a book review! And I was also absolutely delighted to finally meet bubbly Janine who is behind the most popular online magazine, The Good Life France!

ONLINE BOOK TOUR

Meanwhile, the online book tour continues in Europe and is now kicking off in the US and Canada in anticipation for the release of Teatime on 30 May. Eeeeek!  It’s in just a few days. US bookstores and retailers will release the book on 30 June.

Diamond biscuits from Liv Life Teatime in Paris

Photograph by Kim of Liv Life

My lovely, sunny BFF Californian friend Kim Kelly, also known for the family blog at Liv Life not only shares the book’s recipe for diamond biscuits, but she has put together the most fun blog post I’ve ever seen to review a cookbook!  Check out the photo her super-talented daughter, Olivia, and the Californian Carlsbad dancers around it, and how the Honors Algebra Class also take creative photos of the lemon and grapefruit macarons. I feel like I’ve known Kim for so long and yet it’s frustrating not to meet her in person. Next time I need to ask if I can go in the envelope with the book! Thank you, Kim.

Back in Paris, it has been an honour to be interviewed by globetrotting Parisian-based travel writer, Lindsey Tramuta from Lost in Cheeseland. Her article includes 5 of my tips to stress-free French pastry baking plus some of my favourite pâtisserie and tea salon addresses for your next visit in the City.

Photo of Strawberry Elderflower Eclair by Brooks at Cakewalker

Photograph by Brooks at Cakewalker: Strawberry Eclair and Elderflower Cream recipe from Teatime in Paris.

A couple of days ago, I was bowled over by my sweet friend, Brooks Walker, aka Cakewalker. I’m sure you already know Brooks for his most exquisite designer cakes but this time he swapped the piping bag for choux/éclair dough and made this recipe of Strawberry and Elderflower cream éclairs from the book (it’s also on the cover) and carried out a most thorough review.  He discovered that Ikea sold elderflower syrup in their gourmet section, so that’s another alternative if you can’t find Monin or St Germain liqueur. Merci beaucoup, Brooks – I say that since he has been tweeting and commenting with the most delicious French accents!

Thank you all so much x

As French Mother’s Day approaches this weekend, I’m looking forward to making a few of the recipes again myself.  We took a breather for a while during the printing process, since the girls were protesting about far too many tartlets and éclairs and now they’re missing them! So the time is just right to get back into the sweet swing of things.

Geraniums at the french market

Including planting the geraniums.  If there are any left at the market, that is.

Teatime in Paris French patisserie easy recipes

Don’t forget to enter the Giveaway to win a copy of Teatime in Paris! over at Cakewalker (until 30 May) and The Good Life France (until 10 June).  Or snap up your own copy on Amazon.com.

19 replies
  1. Jennifer
    Jennifer says:

    So pleased for you Jill. Your book seems to be a great favourite already. As I have gifted the copies I bought still have to order myself a copy to indulge in.Two have gone to Australia!! Maybe see you before too long.

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    • Jill Colonna
      Jill Colonna says:

      Wow, Jennifer! Thank you for sharing Teatime down under to the family. I do hope you and Tony will be coming to Paris again SOON. Just give us 24 hours and we’ll chill the wine…

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    • Jill Colonna
      Jill Colonna says:

      I think our next project is berry-picking out in the country, Carol. And you make the éclairs… 🙂

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  2. Rose
    Rose says:

    I am very excited about your new book and it is on my wishlist. I was wondering if the US edition will be in weights (grams) or converted to volume?

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    • Jill Colonna
      Jill Colonna says:

      Hi Rose,
      The weights are in grams as for pâtisserie to have sure results we have to work with weight and not volume. Please don’t be put off by this. You just need an inexpensive digital scale where grams and ounces are available at the flick of a switch and we’re all talking the same sweet language x

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  3. Brooks
    Brooks says:

    It’s been a joy to participate in the online book tour, and I can’t help but think Teatime In Paris! will be enormously well received for the first-rate pastry cookbook it is. Additionally, it was wonderful to learn more about Carol Gillott’s delightful artwork for the endpapers; Mrs. W thought it to be a beautiful touch. Congratulations, a hug full of best wishes, and Happy French Mother’s Day to you!

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    • Jill Colonna
      Jill Colonna says:

      Thank you so much, Brooks, you’ve no idea how much your post means and agree with you about that wonderful addition of Carol’s artwork. So proud that she got involved with the book – it’s beautiful!

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  4. Liz
    Liz says:

    I saw Brooks’ marvelous post this morning, and now I will need to drop by Kim’s blog to see her creation! I’m so happy for you—such a beautiful cookbook! I can’t wait to bake up my first tarts from it very soon! xo

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    • Jill Colonna
      Jill Colonna says:

      Oh Nami! Thank you for popping by and for your kind wishes. I have lost your email but will contact you via JustOneCookbook, as our plans to Japan have changed for this summer 🙁

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  5. Jean-Pierre D
    Jean-Pierre D says:

    This all looks great Jill!. Sorry I couldn’t join you last week but wishing you every success for Teatime in Paris! I love the look of the cover and have ordered so looking forward to seeing the rest. Checked out the page here about it and it looks like this will do well. Congratulations.

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    • Jill Colonna
      Jill Colonna says:

      Thank you so much for your kind wishes, Jean-Pierre. The lovely look is all thanks to Waverley Books. Hope to see you at another event.

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  6. Marlene
    Marlene says:

    Congratulations on your new book, Jill! I enjoyed Mad about Macarons and gifted it to several friends. I’m looking forward to Teatime in Paris, and have entered to win a copy. If I’m not the lucky winner, I’ll be picking one up for myself!

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    • Jill Colonna
      Jill Colonna says:

      Thank you so much, Marlene. I’m thrilled to hear you liked Mad About Macarons – and I can assure that in that case, you won’t be disappointed with Teatime in Paris. x

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