Hello, I’m Jessie.  I am an American illustrator, food/prop stylist and author based in Paris.  thefrancofly follows my footsteps from Chicago to Parigote   Although my musings meander, I continue to diversify my observations with original illustrations, recipes, photos, and honest insights into this place called France.  But more of all of that here.

Please preorder my forthcoming book Edible Paradise: A Coloring Book of Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables (Rizzoli’s Universe imprint) which will be released March 15th, 2016.  For more coloring fun the meantime, check out my monthly food coloring series Color Me Seasonal.

Thanks for stopping by!

  1. Hello Jessie! I just found your blog via Garance Dore, and I’m totally loving it!
    Have a great time,

    • thefrancofly said:

      Hi Dora,

      Thanks so much for reading! I’m a new blogger. So spread the word if you are enjoying it.

      Hope to hear from you again soon.


  2. Juhie Shinn said:

    Hi Jessie! I talked with your parents last evening and found out about your blog! Congratulations on your marriage, too! I was inspired about your ratatouille piece, and I’m making it tonight for dinner: ratatouille with saffron rice. Best wishes!

    • thefrancofly said:

      Hi Juhie! Thanks for reading. So great to hear from you, too. Bonne app’!

  3. Mendy said:

    Hi…just found your blog and am so excited! I am a Texas girl who loves EVERYTHING about Paris. Your stories are fun and your illustrations are amazing. Do you sell prints of your illustrations? Hope you do.

  4. thefrancofly said:

    Hi Mendy,

    Thanks so much for reading! Happy to have a fan in Texas. Yes, I sell my illustrations. Send me an email at thefrancofly@gmail.com and let me know which one you are interested in. And we will take it from there. j

  5. Sam said:

    Hi Jessie, lovely illustrations! Welcome to Paris, hope you’re enjoying yourself.

    • thefrancofly said:

      Thanks so much for reading, Sam. Just checked out your blog, too. Seize this sunny day!

  6. Nina said:

    I love your ilustrations and your blog!, ;) I´m starting drawing a little bit, so I´m thrill of finding good ilustrators online ;) congratulations for your work, Nina.

    • thefrancofly said:

      Hello Nina,

      Thanks for stopping by! Since I’m a crummy photographer, I fell into illustration just by creating original images for my blog. Check out my professional site jessiekanelosweiner.com, too.


  7. Hey jessie!

    Twist of fate led me to your blog. My almost husband (a french guy) was searching google for my new blog about adventures in paris by searching keywords like Jessie american paris. We opened a few results but what caught my eye was a pic of a Chicago dog. I exclaimed scroll back! I see a chicago dog! Anyway i love your blog and photos. Feel free to check mone out too but know im brand new to blogging. Feel free to reach out of you ever wanna talk lake michigan stuffed pizza and 312 beer. :)

    • thefrancofly said:

      Hi Jessie! What a pleasure to follow your blog, too. Best of luck on going French. ;)

  8. Eriko Whittaker said:

    Hi Jessie,
    My name is Matt and I live in Misawa, Japan and your father recommended your blog to me today. He knows me from my work and met my daughter Eriko who is a HS student and he met her at the school art show. He admired her work and told us about you and felt you might a great influence for a kid seeking a career in art. She is a little shy of the blog and asked me to contact you: Eriko is very interested in going to art school, living abroad etc. I left her email and hope to hear from you sometime in the near future. Thanks for your time. Matt. PS- burgers look great!

    • thefrancofly said:

      Hi Matt,

      I’m really just starting up myself. But if Eriko wants, she can send me an email at thefrancofly@gmail.com and we can find a way to talk.


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