about me


An English pastry chef in Paris. After passing my CAP Pâtissier exams I went on to work in a tiny Franco-Japanese pâtisserie. I have taught baking classes (croissants, macarons, eclairs), as well as writing, and travelling the world for new inspiration. Recently I have been drawn in by the magic of sourdough: I studied for the bread-baker exam, CAP Boulanger, and am now working in the only Parisian café that makes its own crumpets au levain.

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.

28 Responses to “about me”

  1. Victoria J O'Neill April 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    The blog is great- artful and inviting. The drawings are lovely and your writing style is reallly reallly good. Well done.

  2. Sophie Marnette April 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    Lovely recipes, will try them with Garry.

  3. diego Zancani April 8, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    Your blog is a great discovery, it is fresh, omoshiroi and oishii. On my way to ‘Moro’ I shall suggest the home-made nutella to my sons… Are the drawings yours?
    Well done!

    • sunflowerchild11 April 8, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

      Arigato! Thank-you for your appreciative comments – you flatter me. And yes, the drawings are an experiment of mine.

  4. Alissa O'Neill Scardino July 11, 2011 at 1:36 am #

    Love it! Catherine, Brian, Eliza, Dan, Dave and I all went out for lunch in Bondi on the weekend and we took some pics of our food – can we do a guess entry?!
    Alissa x

  5. Alissa O'Neill Scardino July 11, 2011 at 1:38 am #

    Whoops…that was meant to be “guest entry”. Thankfully we didn’t have to guess about the food….was amazing! You’ll have to come when you’re next in Sydney. Are you coming for Xmas?

  6. Shauna December 1, 2011 at 8:56 pm #

    Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for delurking on my blog today… as soon as I read “homemade Nutella” up there I knew I’d found a kindred spirit. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do 🙂

  7. Cate May 9, 2012 at 7:23 am #

    oooh think I’ll be spending lots of time here. You are one mulit-talented chick!

  8. Sarah Muston July 10, 2012 at 8:04 am #

    Your recipes are very inticing with lots of imagination and interest ..Keep up the good work .Art work is wonderful..you are very talented!

  9. cakeinthehouse February 12, 2013 at 2:38 am #

    Hello! We met for a brief period while I staged at Gontran Cherrier. It was incredibly short lived for me and then I had to leave Paris. 😦 I’m happy to rediscover your writings/drawings, and it’s good to see that you’re doing well. I wish you all the best, and continued success…!!!

  10. Justin April 30, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    Very well written and original, keep it up and write more often 😉

    Glad you are enjoying Paris and France!


  11. Beth Williams May 3, 2013 at 5:34 am #

    I loved Kitchen Rhythm. More than anything it was fun to read and I think the clever use of language very amusing. The Japanese use of onomatopoeia had me really laughing.

    Sketches are also terrific.

  12. Valentina June 9, 2013 at 6:05 pm #

    We would love to share with our readers some of your drawings. animalgourmet.com (from Mexico) with your credits. Can we do that?

  13. ecozee July 29, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

    I love your drawings, they make such a pleasant change from all the ridiculously “professional” photos in most food blogs. I love pencils and crayons too and treasure my quality street tin of crayons I have had since I could hold a crayon (well over 40 years ago) and my now stubby Derwent coloured pencils my dad bought me for xmas when I started high school. Your drawings remind me of me. I love the recipes too, I will let you know if I try any.

  14. Tuscan olive grove girl November 20, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    What a gorgeous blog, and how lucky to have artistic and well as culinary talent. Thanks for sharing!

    • Frances November 21, 2013 at 3:09 am #

      Thank-you – I really appreciate the encouragement!

  15. illcookyouwash February 20, 2014 at 6:04 pm #

    What an awesome concept! I love your drawings and the recipes look delicious!

    • Frances February 20, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

      Thanks 🙂 I like your name – that is how my relationship with my flatmate works!

      • illcookyouwash February 20, 2014 at 6:24 pm #

        Lol my husband does the dishes. We just invested in a dishwasher so he’s over the moon 🙂

  16. Ryan February 26, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

    Just finished your writing publishes over at Longreads.
    Quite an excellent tale of your French japanese bakery hustle!!!
    Love your website here – don’t stop drawing! I’m loving the combo
    on your pages. Impressive + excellent.

    • Frances February 27, 2015 at 12:29 am #

      Thanks! Glad you liked it – I have such good memories of that place.

  17. lucyabakes March 11, 2015 at 9:48 pm #

    I just read your essay and found it very inspiring! I am English and moved to Germany 6 months ago with my Husband. I decided with our move to try and become a Pastry Chef. Here it is a 3 year apprenticeship, I am applying at the moment and can find it quite difficult! Lucya

    • Frances March 12, 2015 at 10:48 am #

      Hi! I know the Germans take cakes very seriously 🙂 I would love to know how you get on – good luck!

  18. Peter Macfadyen April 30, 2015 at 6:28 am #

    Frances…..I’ve been meaning to catch up, in this way, for a while…Amy is coming to Paris sometime soon with her baker boyfriend and will hopefully get in touch. meanwhile I have signed up, so look forward to a sumer fo Tangerine dreams (and writings). Best wishes Peter (as in first cousin once removed).

    • Frances May 11, 2015 at 10:20 am #

      Hi Peter! Thanks for the message. Hoping to see Amy soon!

  19. Siri July 27, 2016 at 10:25 pm #

    Kitchen Rhythm is beautifully honest. Thank you for writing it.

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