Jacques Genin, Parisian chocolatier

Top Parisian chocolatier Jacques Genin kindly allowed me to go behind the scenes with him for research for THE CHOCOLATE THIEF and THE CHOCOLATE TOUCH. See some of the real-life inspiration for the settings and work of the chocolatiers in these books! Jacques Genin's shop is 133, rue de Turenne in Paris, and I highly recommend it.
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Pastries at Jacques Genin's

Pastries at Jacques Genin's

In Jacques Genin's laboratoire, making caramel and ganache. 133 rue de Turenne. (www.lauraflorand.com)

In Jacques Genin's laboratoire, making caramel and ganache. 133 rue de Turenne. (www.lauraflorand.com)

Jacques Genin's famous caramels. (Tasting these inspired a certain scene in THE CHOCOLATE TOUCH.)

Jacques Genin's famous caramels. (Tasting these inspired a certain scene in THE CHOCOLATE TOUCH.)

The embossed white wall in Jacques Genin's salon.

The embossed white wall in Jacques Genin's salon.

Sophie Vidal, Jacques Genin's chef chocolatier, spreading out praliné. That's ganache in the frame in the foreground. It has to sit 2-3 days to let some of the moisture out before it is ready for its enrobing.

Sophie Vidal, Jacques Genin's chef chocolatier, spreading out praliné. That's ganache in the frame in the foreground. It has to sit days to let some of the moisture out before it is ready for its enrobing.

From stair

From stair

Making caramel at Jacques Genin's. This moment inspired a certain scene between Magalie and Philippe in THE CHOCOLATE KISS!

Making caramel at Jacques Genin's. This moment inspired a certain scene between Magalie and Philippe in THE CHOCOLATE KISS!

Little praliné centers ready for their enrobing, in Jacques Genin's laboratoire in Paris. 133, rue de Turenne. (www.lauraflorand.com)

Little praliné centers ready for their enrobing, in Jacques Genin's laboratoire in Paris. 133, rue de Turenne. (www.lauraflorand.com)

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