If you're in the mood for decadent chocolate recipes, sinfully rich, with sensual descriptions, and captivating art work, you'll want to try Chocolate: A Love Story: 65 Chocolate Dessert Recipes from Max Brenner's Private Collection.
Max Brenner is an Israeli chain of chocolate restaurants. If the recipes in this book are a sample of their menu, I want one of the restaurants here in Phoenix. The recipes combine exotic tastes with warm, familiar foods. And, the recipes are all put together with lyrical, romantic commentary. Start with "Optimistic Musings: Morning Chocolate Variations," with twists on pancakes, waffles, and cupcakes. Yonatan Factor's artwork, in shades of browns and oranges, add intriguing commentary to the recipes. Try "Chocolate Therapy: Comforting Pastries," or "Happy Addiction: Concentrated Chocolate."
Who could resist a recipe called "Spy-thriller chocolate Black Forest cake, covered with Alpine whipped cream and cherry, the German double agent on top?" The recipes in this book are too sophisticated for me to make, but the cakes, pies, and drinks look luscious. And, I have someone in mind who will appreciate this impressive book.
Some readers will regret the absence of pictures, but the artwork seems perfect with this luscious compilation. And, anyone who loves chocolate should be able to perfectly imagine this decadent desserts. Chocolate: A Love Story is summed up perfectly by a quote from the book itself. "Chocolate is the substitute for love and will always be there for you."
This is one of the two books you could actually win in the Fall Feast Giveaway. This book, and How to Roast a Lamb By Michael Psilakis, Barbara Kafka, a book on Greek cooking, will be prizes for three winners.
To enter the contest, email me at Email me!. If that link doesn't work for you, the email address is: email@example.com. Your subject line should read, Win "Fall Feast Books". Your message should include your name and mailing address.
This Fall Feast Giveaway will run until Monday, Nov 30 at 6 p.m. MT. No entries accepted after that time. The winners will be drawn that night, posted on the blog, and forwarded to Hatchette Book Group.
Chocolate: A Love Story: 65 Chocolate Dessert Recipes form Max Brenner's Private Collection by Max Brenner, Yonatan Factor (Illustrator). Little, Brown & Company,
©2009. ISBN 9780316056625 (hardcover), 144p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I received a copy of Chocolate: A Love Story from Hatchette Book Groups because I'm running the Fall Feast books giveaway.