H. Grove (errantdreams)

"Errant Dreams Reviews"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 98% (51 of 52)
Location: Maryland, USA
In My Own Words:
I'm a writer and role-player who has freelanced for various role-playing companies; I've co-authored more than 10 books. I run a web site (Errant Dreams) with resources for creative people. I love to review books, particularly genre novels and cookbooks; I'm also a cooking buff. I have an interest in psychology and bio-psychology; part of that stems from the fact that I have bipolar disorder and a… Read more

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 132,252 - Total Helpful Votes: 51 of 52
Death by Chocolate: The Last Word on a Consuming P&hellip by Marcel Desaulniers
Given the sumptuousness of the desserts found in this cookbook, the photo of slim, trim author Marcel Desaulniers found on the back cover flap simply astounds. What's that old saying? Never trust a skinny chef? Well Marcel must have diabolical connections, because after trying this cookbook I trust him completely when it comes to the kitchen!
When I first bought this cookbook I was in a lamentable phase where chocolate just seemed to be "too much" if it wasn't tempered with other flavors. Despite that I found much to love in this cookbook: Sliced Blood Oranges with White Chocolate Sauce and Caramel Banana Chocolate Chip Ice Cream are fabulous. Fresh Berry Tulip with White Chocolate… Read more
Death By Chocolate Cakes by Marcel Desaulniers
Death By Chocolate Cakes by Marcel Desaulniers
Marcel Desaulniers is the most consistently amazing dessert cookbook author I've ever come across. Take, for example, Martha's Chocolate Freckles Fresh Blueberry Ice Cream Cake. It's based in a "Chocolate Freckles Cake," which is a non-chocolate cake with finely-chopped or grated chocolate mixed into the batter. A homemade blueberry ice cream fills the space between the layers - this is honestly one of the best ice creams I've ever had, with a tart flavor created by the sour cream, cream cheese, and lemon juice. The topping is sweetened, vanilla-flavored whipped cream, and further fresh blueberries are ringed around the top.
Next we made Marcel's First Birthday Chocolate High… Read more
A Story is a Promise: Good Things to Know Before W&hellip by Bill Johnson
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Mr. Johnson spends the beginning of the book trying to explain what he means by a "story promise." He admits himself that his students often have a difficult time grasping it, and it doesn't help that his use of terminology seems somewhat fluid. Eventually I figured out that what he refers to as a "story promise" is something most writers would call a theme. To be fair, it's possible that Mr. Johnson would say "no, that isn't it at all." But even if that wasn't what he meant, he could have cut and clarified his clunky 45-page explanation drastically by comparing and contrasting the two ideas rather than starting from scratch.
In addition to those 45… Read more