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Chocolate Passion: Recipes and Inspiration from the Kitchens of Chocolatier Magazine Hardcover – Oct 25 1999


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  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (Oct. 25 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471293172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471293170
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 22.9 x 28.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #703,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25 2003
Format: Hardcover
The first thing that strikes me when looking at this book is how appealing the many, glossy pictures look and make you want to try your own hand at the professional quality desserts.
The book has been sectionned into recipes with either white, milk or dark chocolate. The recipes range from truffles to ices cream to puddings to cakes that are built out of different cake layers and different fillings.
Instructions are detailed and clearly written. For people who are serious cooks/bakers and are willing to spend the time needed to create some of the master pieces in this book, be warned: you won't be able to put down this book because it's so beautiful and you'll be spending hours in the kitchen because you can't stop trying out one recipe after the other.
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Format: Hardcover
I had this book on my wishlist for almost a year and received it for Christmas. I sat down on Christmas evening and eagerly paged through the book. What a disappointment. Most of the recipes did absolutely nothing for me. Most of the recipes were time consuming and tedious. Yes, it's nice to look at, but I want to taste, not look, and this book totally put me off to trying many of the recipes. I was very disappointed. If you want truly decadent chocolate desserts, I highly recommend Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Herme. These recipes were specifically written for the home kitchen and are truly inspiring and decadent. It doesn't get any better than Chocolate Desserts. Don't waste your time/money on this book unless you want showpieces rather than decadent desserts.
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When even someone whose idea of "difficult" cooking is cake and brownies from a box picks up a cookbook and says "I have *got* to have this book", you know it is a great book.
Granted, this person is a chocoholic, not a reformed cook who will consider tackling these challenging recipes. And the recipes are challenging.
This book does offer some excellent recipes, and we tested quite a few of them with excellent results...but they are very time and labor intensive. The vast majority of the recipes in the book require over an hour of active preparation.
The book is still worth buying however, even if you couldn't possibly imagine taking 4 hours (plus chilling, cooling, etc. time) to make the decadent caramel rum kisses. The very generously sized book is filled with useful information about chocolate, chocolate history, suppliers, and cooking with chocolate. The book is very well written, and while some recipes span over six or more pages, the recipes are written in exquisite detail making it easy for the inexperienced cook to tackle even the most complex of recipes. But the real reason you should buy this book? Definitely the photos. I occasionally use this book as a coffee table book and to quote a guest the photos themselves are "orgasmic". Her word, not mine. They are incredibly styled and just brimming with chocolate. Be careful though, they have been known to launch chocolate cravings of gastronomical proportions.
If you do purchase the book, there are some recipes you *must* try. The Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate Pie is relatively easy to prepare and is by far the best version of this common restaurant staple.
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By Pooh on Jan. 26 2001
Format: Hardcover
In a few words: Outstanding, Delicious and "Doable". If you love chocolate, it's a MUST on your bookshelves!
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