Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Chocolate: A Love Story by Max Brenner

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: 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.


Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Sounds really decadent! I *love* chocolate!Interesting that they decided not to use photography in the book.

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Mason Canyon said...

What a great sounding book. I'm ready to try the "Chocolate Therapy: Comforting Pastries" with my morning cup of coffee. And the quote from the book says it all.

Lesa said...

Photographs would have been gorgeous, Elizabeth, but the artwork really captures the mood of the book.

Lesa said...

Oh, I'm willing to try any one of those recipes, if someone else will make them, Mason! Yep, that quote says it all.

le0pard13 said...

My wife's a serious chocoholic. I smell a Xmas gift. Thanks, Lesa.

Ingrid King said...

I know just the person on my list that this book will make the perfect gift for. Thank you, Lisa - you helped me knock one item off my to do list today!

Just reading your review made my mouth water.

Lesa said...

And, that Christmas gift smells like chocolate - heaven, le0pard13!

Lesa said...

I was so torn, Ingrid. I had two possibilities for this book, but I know who I'm giving it to.

Janet Rudolph said...

Oh my, how synchronistic we are. I just opened the book last night and intended to review it on DyingforChocolate this week. It looks fabulous. I was going to use the Spy-Thriller Chocolate Black Forest Cake, so I'll probably post the recipe.

Lesa said...

So, you won't be envious about that one, Janet! Funny that we even picked the same recipe that looks scrumptious. Can't wait to read your review!

bermudaonion said...

I won this book on Twitter recently and can't wait to get it!

Lesa said...

As I said, Bermudaonion, it lacks photos, but the artwork is really interesting. Hope you like it!