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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.  I’m a sucker for food memories, pop culture, bread and butter.  But more of all of that here.

My latest book is Edible Paradise: A Coloring Book of Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables (Rizzoli’s Universe imprint)!

 I’m a recent snapchat convert @thefrancofly.

Find more about me below:

Vogue-Beyoncé’s Lemonade May Be Made Into a Coloring Book

The New York Times-A Coloring Book From the Garden

Sweet-An American in Paris Who Draws Everything She Sees

BuzzFeed-These Awesome Illustrations Of Beyoncé’s “Lemonade”

Radio Cherry Bombe-Jessie Kanelos Weiner

Design Sponge-In the Kitchen With

Khoollect-Combining Food and France in a Colouring Book

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

    • 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.

      j

  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!
    Juhie

    • 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.

      Best,
      Jessie

  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.

      Best,
      Jessie

  9. culturalmixologist said:

    I love your illustrations! Thanks for sharing your work and your experiences!

    • thefrancofly said:

      My pleasure! Happy someone out there is still reading.🙂

      • culturalmixologist said:

        I am reading and spreading the word!

  10. Beautiful illustrations and wonderful blog, full of creativity.

    • thefrancofly said:

      Thanks you so much for your kind words! ❤

  11. Dear Jessie,
    I wrote a long comment & asked if you could provide me with a regular newsletter update of your posts but somehow the comment got lost…. maddening!
    I hate FB and don’t look up my RSS feeds – sadly…. so my only hope to ‘stay with you and keep up with the Jones’ is a newsletter. Couldn’t find it – but maybe just didn’t see it. I’m sadly like that!
    Got to you via Grace and her wonderful post on your water-colours – such joy and beauty. Don’t want to miss any new post and implore you to reply.
    Many thanks – have a great weekend and a wonderful life! Thanks for the eye candy.

    • thefrancofly said:

      Hi there! Thanks so much for your message. I accidentally deleted the subscribe tab on my blog when I was cleaning up the look a few months back. But rest assured, I just updated it. So subscribe away! Thanks so much for reading. And have a wonderful week. All the best from Paris, Jessie

  12. I just discovered your blog and art! Beautiful illustrations! I also love the natural feeling of your book, quite different compared to the symmetrical, digitised patterns found everywhere in colouring books. Can’t wait to start colouring in it!

    • thefrancofly said:

      Hi Wasan, thank you kindly for your encouraging words. I hope you love the book. Yes, it is a little different from the rest, but it works especially well with the subject matter. All the best from Paris.

  13. Hi Jessie I am already a follower of your blog and today I just saw the beautiful post that Krista wrote about you for Discover, and I came here to tell you that I love your work it is so great to see all the beautiful colors and awesome sketches! I am an artist designer too and I love to paint and illustrate with watercolors and looking at your work is very inspiring! Wish you all the best cheers – Carolina

    • thefrancofly said:

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Carolina!

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