Herewith my interview with Esme from the wonderful book and food blog, Chocolate & Croissants! Head on over there for great recipes and book giveaways, and to read her interview with me (as soon as I answer those questions). Thanks Esme for being my Book Blogger Appreciation Week Interview partner!
BCG: WHAT GAVE YOU THE IDEA TO START BLOGGING, AND WHEN YOU DID, DID YOU KNOW FROM THE BEGINNING YOUR BLOG WOULD BE ABOUT BOTH FOOD AND BOOKS?
C&C: I started blogging almost 2 years ago. I had had surgery and was off from work for a prolonged period of time. I was quite limited in what I could do and surfing the internet was the one preoccupation I could enjoy. I started discovering food blogs and was quite enthralled by them. That was my beginning. Books and cooking are two of my passions so I thought that I would combine both of these pleasures. Initially I only listed books I liked and then this past year I started posting reviews of books.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE NAME?
Paris is my favorite city. I love going to Paris and wandering the streets. Every morning I enjoy a croissant with butter and jam along with a pot of tea. If you have ever been to Angelina's they have the richest thickest hot chocolate. It is like drinking a melted chocolate bar. On my last visit to Paris I did a chocolate house and pastry shop tour, walking the city indulging in my whims for chocolate and pastries. Chocolate and Croissants are two of many wonderful delights Paris has to offer.
DO YOU HAVE A BACKGROUND IN THE CULINARY ARTS?
Unfortunately not. I went to law school. However I dream all the time of going to culinary school. My enjoyment for cooking started as a child. As the eldest child I was responsible for getting dinner started before my parents came home. My dad would leave step by step instructions for me to follow. I have always enjoyed reading and started reading the back of the spice bottles and from there I started experimenting with my family adding new spices to our dinner.
YOU HAVE TRAVELED EXTENSIVELY, WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COUNTRY THAT YOU HAVE VISITED-AND WHAT COUNTRY WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO VISIT?
Favorite for what? I would probably say India-it appealed to all of my scences-the women's saris are gorgeous-the country is a kaleidoscope of color, in Jodpur is the old blue city, the walls are painted a deep blue. Everywhere you walk you can smell food being cooked in the streets, chaos is everywhere on the streets, with people walking, monkeys running around, elephants being led. On the Ganges River it was unbelievably peaceful, with the melody of music drifting across the water.
In MY EARLY 20s I REALIZED THAT ONE COULD ACTUALLY READ COOKBOOKS NOT JUST USE THEM AS "HOW TOS' AND FOUND MYSELF READING VARIOUS RECIPES AT NIGHT. DO YOU EVER READ COOKBOOKS THIS WAY, FOR PLEASURE AND IF SO , WHAT ARE YOU FAVORITES?
I love laying in bed reading my cookbooks, Glorious French Food by James Peterson, Martha Stewart Hor's Oeuvres Cookbook, The American Country Bed and Breakfast Cookbook, Secrets of the red Lantern and the Dragon.
MY SISTER HAS LONG MAINTAINED THAT ONE IS EITHER A BAKER OR A COOK AND YOU CANNOT EXCEL AT BOTH. DO YOU BELIEVE THIS? AND IF SO, WHICH ONE ARE YOU?
I agree with your sister to a certain degree. They are two different skills, bakers I think need more finesse and patience. I am probably more of a cook, I cook dinner 5 nights a week. My husband laughs that I am always experimenting with new recipes and when he really likes something it is awhile before it makes the rounds again. I wish that I had the patience to pretty delicate pastries but it is not really me.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS OF THE NON-COOKBOOK VARIETY? YOUR FAVORITE GENRES?
Lisa See, Michelle Moran, Daniel Silva, Indu Sundaresan and Amy Tan. Favorite genres-memoirs, multi-cultural fiction, historical novels and thrillers-I enjoy Daniel Silva, chick lit when the mood hits.
ARE YOU IN A BOOK CLUB AND IF SO, DO YOU BRING THE FOOD?
Sadly no, I was in a club and then it just fell apart. I am the one who brings food to the events. Some of my friends will call in advance and ask if they can special order-which I take as a real compliment.
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE BIGGEST BOOK/FOODIE MOVIE OF THE YEAR, JULIE AND JULIA?
I enjoyed My life in France and was intrigued by Julie Powell's book. I probably read only 20 pages of the book and packed it in. I think there are probably many stories like hers out there--interesting that Hollywood chose hers.
WHAT'S BEEN THE MOST SURPRISING THING YOU HAVE LEARNED SINCE YOU STARTED BLOGGING ABOUT YOURSELF OR OTHER PEOPLE?
...and I thought that I read alot-there are a lot of voracious readers out there. I love meeting other female attorneys who have taken a non-traditional legal path. The kindness of strangers-people you have never met, and you develop a friendship with.