An English pastry chef in Paris. After passing my CAP Pâtissier exams I went on to work in a tiny Franco-Japanese pâtisserie. Now I teach baking classes (croissants, macarons, eclairs), write, and travel the world for new inspiration. I have recently discovered a passion for bread and have been feeding a sourdough starter and turning loaves out of my miniature Paris oven. The recipes on Tangerine Drawings are inspired by my favourite books, magazines and blogs and illustrated by me with oil pastels, crayons, watercolours.
More about my experience as a pastry apprentice, learning and language, can be found in my essay Kitchen Rhythm, free to download. And with the lovely Florence Beck, I recently co-wrote and illustrated a guide to culinary Paris, A Pocket Feast, available to buy online or at the Shakespeare and Company.
On illustrating food…(at Discover)
…and on being a female British chef in Paris. (at Refinery29)
If you’d like to say hi, commission some drawings for your kitchen or some unique postcards, write to frances.m.leech (at) gmail.com
P.S. If I could only eat a few things in Paris? Pierre Herme’s Tarte Infiniment Vanille and Mogador macaron; Jacques Genin’s hot chocolate and the falafel from L’As du falafel.