An Illustrated Q&A with Jessie Kanelos Weiner, Creator of the Coloring Book “Edible Paradise”



Just look at those gloriously-illustrated artichokes, carrots, asparagus, peas, and kohlrabi It may come as no surprise that when I first stumbled upon Jessie Kanelos Weiner’s work, I was completely enamored. I was scrolling through the many hunger-pang-provoking photos on Instagram one day when I came across an image titled “5 Golden Rings,” featuring five perfectly-drawn donuts in a wreath formation. Not only was the illustration captivating, I couldn’t help but smile at her delightful wit. I became an instant fan and started following Jessie’s a.k.a. The Francofly right then and there.

I later learned that Jessie is an expat living in Paris, surrounded by inspiration at every bite and capturing it all with pen and paper. She wears many talented hats, including illustrator, food stylist, blogger, and cookbook author, as well as recently adding Coloring Book Author to the list.

Yup, you read that right. She has created one of the best coloring books you can imagine for food lovers. It’s called Edible Paradise: a Coloring Book of Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables and it is filled with a seasonal smorgasbord of edible delights, just waiting for you to pick up a pen and bring them to life. And we just so happen to be giving away a copy to one lucky winner. See the details below.

Jessie was sweet enough to answer a few questions for us, but in her own very special and amazingly-illustrated way. Without further ado, I give you our Q&A with Jessie Kanelow Weiner.


GIVEAWAY is now closed and a winner has been chosen! Thank you to all who entered. 

Win Your Very Own Copy of Edible Paradise: a Coloring Book of Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

TO ENTER: Simply tell us what is your spirit fruit and why in the comments section below.

Every share on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram earns another entry too — just share this post with #foodgiftlove and leave a comment here with the link(s) to your social media profile.

We’ll randomly pick a winner on Monday, June 20, 2016. If your name is picked, we’ll notify you between June 21-22 and ship to you directly shortly thereafter. Please reply within 48 hours, or we’ll need to choose another winner. (Don’t forget the fine print: We can only ship to the continental U.S. addresses.)


All illustrations created by Jessie Kanelos Weiner.

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  • Kesha

    My spirit fruit would be strawberries! They are so bright and bubbly!

  • AnnaZed

    My spirit fruit is the blueberry, small but mighty.
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  • Peggy Witter

    Spirit fruit ??? Watermelon, sweet and cheery!

  • Angela

    My spirit fruit would be the pamplemousse as it has an international flair and the word itself makes me giggle (especially when said in my best French accent)

  • Lauren McGinnis

    pineapple! sometimes sweet, sometimes tart, always amazing. 😉

  • Adult Coloring 101

    My spirit fruit is Mango – so juicy and exotic!

  • Emily Garvey Beaulieu

    My spirit fruit is a kiwi…may come across a bit rough at first but sweet on the inside 🙂

  • Betsy

    My spirit fruit is the cherry because they are happy and round.

  • Kate Lewis

    I choose Quince! They are a beautiful happy yellow color, the sweet smell and flavor is so complex, they are (slightly) old fashioned yet coming into popularity and can be versatile in things such as pies, jams etc. In a nutshell they are happy, sweet, complex, old fashioned yet new and flexible. All of the things I strive to be!

    -Kate x

  • Adriane McCain

    Peach! Soft and sweet on the outside but solid as a rock on the inside

  • Christopher Knapp

    My spirit fruit is Grapefruit, because, well, because they are the best! Amazing, beautiful, I love you all!

  • MickeyA

    My spirit fruit is the strawberry! A sweet, intense burst of flavor 😀

  • Maeve

    For me, the kumquat. What a perfect candidate for a spirit guide! It’s so many things at once: an amalgamation of flavors that burst and surprise and delight in rapid succession. Content to keep it’s bold nature a sweet secret, it sits on the shelf simple and compact. But one bite, and there’s no question: this funny little fruit holds its own in a big way 🙂

  • Emily Jane

    I think my spirit fruit would be salmon berries, their bright and warm colors(for my personality), they’re pretty much only in the wild, and they are a great snack when hiking not only to me but to other little and big creatures of the earth