pastries at Yamasaki patisserie Paris

Breakfast in Paris with ParisBreakfasts for Teatime?

“Let’s meet at Yamazaki for breakfast and we can talk shop.”

Can you imagine this exciting moment: a meet-up with watercolour artist, Carol Gillott? If you’ve been following le blog you’ll remember Carol, of ParisBreakfasts fame, and you’ll know just how much I adore her wonderful sketches and watercolours of sweet treats and Parisian dreams.

This was our first meeting at the end of October to talk about ze project.

Yamazaki macarons Paris

We certainly did talk shop; like pastry shops, particularly pâtisseries in Paris and favourite afternoon treats, over large cups of café crème.

Yamazaki is one of my personal favourite French pâtisseries with a Japanese twist in the 16th Arrondissement Paris.  There are more pâtisseries like this (and restaurants) opening in Paris (with Sadaharu Aoki being most well known) but this small boutique and tea room, at the Chaussée de la Muette, is where I popped in most often, as I worked around the corner for ten years. I wonder how many kilos of breakfast croissants that represents, plus light pastries for many an afternoon treat, or French goûter around 4 o’clock teatime… but I digress.

pastries at Yamasaki patisserie Paris

Teatime.  That’s a word you’ll be hearing more of here.  Why?

My next book is called “Teatime in Paris!” and will be released on 7 May 2015.  It may seem a while away but, believe me, each teatime will fly by and before we know it, the big day will be here!

In the meantime, there’s still a lot to do.  There’s the re-look of this website to welcome it for a start.  My wee head is spinning with so many ideas for you on le blog, not to mention all the photos to catalogue that I’ve taken for the book.  I did a count the other day and there are nearly 300 images!  Not forgetting the recipes, the whole point of the book!

parisbreakfasts bear showing Paris sketch letters by Carol Gillott

At our next meeting at ParisBreakfast HQ, Bear showed off some of Carol’s sketch letters from Paris as we were talking about Teatime – he even whispered word that she has a new Valentine’s sketch letter.  I couldn’t think of a more perfect artist to conjure up the Parisian pâtisserie magic to finish off the look and feel of this exciting new book. Oh, I can’t wait to show you it all now!

Thank you so much for following on le blog, for buying Mad About Macarons, for being such a great support.  You know, every little comment here and on the other distracting fun areas like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, mean so much. Merci beaucoup!

Are you ready? I have many behind-the-scenes snippets to share with you along this delicious new adventure.  And if you have any ideas that you would love to see here, then let me know.  This is your space, too!

Teatime in Paris, here we come!

17 replies
  1. Thomasina
    Thomasina says:

    Congratulations Jill. I have really enjoyed Mad About Macarons and wondered if another book was forthcoming. Looking forward very much to having it. Thank you for keeping us up to date.

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  2. Belinda
    Belinda says:

    So thrilled for you Jill! OK, I am ready to start the social media campaign announcing your forthcoming book! So proud of you! Another creative project come to fruition! Lots of love and admiration, xo B.

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    • Jill
      Jill says:

      And a HUGE thank you to you, dearest B, for reading over my introduction and opening chapter on your last visit. That’s the hardest part and you helped get me shoved into gear! You”re on page 220, btw 😉

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    • Jill
      Jill says:

      I would love that, Lindsey. Thank you so much – it will be an honour! Will be in touch nearer the time when the book will be available for pre-order on Amazon.

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    • Jill
      Jill says:

      When I saw the lovely name of your class, it reminded me of our lovely teatime exchanges when you come to Paris, Mardi. Looking forward to this summer and the next part of your story!

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  3. Marilyn SMISER
    Marilyn SMISER says:

    Jill, I have used your recipes for Macarons for quite a while. This was after taking a class in Paris on the Italian method. I have followed Carol for I do not know how long. Met her in Paris and she did a watercolor of me. I have all of her Sketch Letters. Now to know you have a new book on places to go with her illustrations, I cannot wait. Great collaboration.

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    • Jill
      Jill says:

      Hi Marilyn, I’m so thrilled that she painted many of my cakes – just wait ’til you’ve seen how she’s done it, all in one go 😉 Lots of fun! Thanks for popping by.

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  4. Liz
    Liz says:

    I cannot wait to get your next cookbook!!! It will be another hit! And you do know the best of the best spots for sweets in Paris–I think back at our time together so fondly! xo

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    • Jill
      Jill says:

      Thanks Liz. It was wonderful to meet your family and finally see them in person! Every time I pass these little cobbled streets, I think of us running from the most awful rain but it was fun!

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

    Wow Jill! Great news. That is a great title. Look forward to hearing more.
    Website I don’t know. I love it like this unless there’s something we don’t know about. Surprise us 😉

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  6. Marie-Christine de Cassagnac
    Marie-Christine de Cassagnac says:

    Jill, how exciting! I love the title for the new book. I can’t wait to go through all the pages.
    Will it be possible to order it before the D day?
    300 images…. well, that’s an awful lot, no wonder you’re always such a busy bee!
    Any school kid would love having so many “images”????
    I wish you good luck for all the many things you have to do until May 7th.
    Bisous,
    Marie-Christine

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    • Jill
      Jill says:

      Thank you, Marie-Christine! Yes, you will be able to pre-order it in April but not sure of the exact date yet. Will let you know, I promise. Hugs xo

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