Stuff & Nonsense: The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris


25 September 2017

The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris


The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris tells two parallel stories -- one of Claire, an older Englishwoman who visited Paris as a young woman and fell in love, and one of Anna, a younger Englishwoman who takes Claire’s advice and moves to Paris after an unfortunate industrial accident at a local chocolate plant. Anna finds work at Le Chapeau Chocolat under world famous Thierry Girard, ebullient chocolatier and former lover of Claire. She learns much about chocolate, life, and love and truly becomes a better Anna for it all.

While I was moved to tears at points, The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris is an essentially light-hearted delight, full of lovingly-written descriptions of Paris and delicious confections. I’ve never thought to visit Paris, but I definitely would if Jenny Colgan (or Sami, but I might not be brave enough for Sami) were my tour guide. Colgan’s Paris is very bohemian -- very Moulin Rouge – and filled with wine, food, music, passion, and romance. All the best things, really.

Like many of Colgan’s other foodie romances, The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris comes with recipes, including ones for “The World’s Best Hot Chocolate” and “Malteser Cake.” I’ve made Malteser cakes before, but never from scratch, so will probably give that a go now that we’re back to cake baking-weather!

The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan (Sourcebooks, 2014)

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