Any chocolate lover has to smile at the thought of a whole cookbook devoted to it...and I did. This little book packs a lot with 500 recipes, each including chocolate in the list of ingredients. As with the other books in this series, there are about 100 base recipes and each includes four to five variations to total 500. There are recipes for every occasion, season, and level of ability making it a nice addition to any cook's collection.
The chapters include everyday cakes and desserts, cookies, muffins and cupcakes, bars, celebration cakes; pastries, tarts, and cheesecakes; mousses and ice creams, petit fours and candies, and drinks, frostings, and sauces. As with other "500" cookbooks, there are lots of color photographs that I always find to be a source of inspiration to try the recipes.
Some traditional desserts can be found such as chocolate chip cookies, brownies, chocolate cake, basic chocolate sauce, and pudding, but there are so many different recipes as well including chocolate orange cheesecake muffins, triple chocolate terrine, praline truffle, chocolate puddle cookes, and sticky apple and chocolate cake, to name just a few. The only recipe I've tried so far and with good results was the white chocolate chunk cookes which will become a favorite. Other recipes I have bookmarked to make besides those already mentioned are ginger and chocolate chip cookes, energy bars (might be a good breakfast treat), cheesecake brownies, and strawberry and chocolate marshmallow bars.
Anyone who loves chocolate will enjoy this cookbook. It would make a great gift for such a person if not for yourself.
I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.