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Jill Colonna

  • Mad About Macarons!: How to Make Macarons Like the French
    • Categories: Cookies / biscuits; French
    • ISBN: 9781849340410 Hardcover (United Kingdom) 9/20/2010
  • Mad about Macarons!: Make Macarons Like the French
    • Categories: Cookies / biscuits; French
    • ISBN: 9781849343305 eBook (United States) 4/7/2015
  • Teatime in Paris!: A Walk Through Easy French Pâtisserie Recipes
    • Categories: Beginners & how-to; Quick / easy; Restaurants & celebrity chefs; Pies, tarts & pastries; Afternoon tea; French
    • ISBN: 9781849341929 Hardcover (United Kingdom) 5/7/2015


Jill Colonna fell in love with a Frenchman she met in her native Scotland and they moved to Paris together over 20 years ago. She couldn’t speak much French and had never needed to entertain before. Soon realising that her “banana surprise” with custard from a packet mix was not going to hack it with her new French dinner guests, Jill needed to improve her culinary skills tout de suite!

Calling herself a “lazy gourmet”, she enjoyed exploring how to make great French food inexpensively and quickly while keeping it authentic and full of flavour.

It was as a busy working mum that Jill began to make Parisian cakes and pastries as a hobby. She mastered macarons and wrote her popular book, Mad About Macarons!, a step-by-step demystification of how to make these delicious confections.

After successfully mastering French patisserie, Jill has now written Teatime in Paris! Her straightforward approach and guidance will enable you to create some of Paris’s best-loved teatime pastries and cakes.

Previously a professional musician, Jill continues to enjoy playing flute and piano. She also conducts walking tours of the best patisserie and chocolate establishments around St Germain-des-Prés in Paris.