Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Review: Chocolate A love Story

Anyone that knows me knows I love everything chocolate.  OK, maybe not everything, I do not like chocolate covered espresso beans (not a coffee fan) and I would not eat chocolate covered grasshoppers (Gross!).  Other than that, I am pretty sure I love everything chocolate.

If I had to rate the types of chocolate it would go Dark Chocolate (the darker the better), White Chocolate (YUM!!!), then milk chocolate (nothing against milk chocolate).

When the opportunity to review a new chocolate recipe book, I jumped on it more because I love chocolate and would love to learn how to make some great treats (way more than wanting to cook, since I am not a great cook!).

Chocolate A Love Story by Max Brenner is so much more than your average cookbook.  This is the bible of chocolate cookbooks.  (can you say that it is a bible of cookbooks without being smitted?)  It contains 65 Chocolate dessert recipes from Max Brenner's private collection.

There are some of the most decadent recipes in this book that I have ever seen.  A few that I am totally drooling over are the Painful white chocolate truffles, Kinky Pavlova, and the Veg-out chocolate cornflake TV wraps.

The art work could be a book on its own.  Yonatan Factor did some amazing work.  It is not your typical cookbook art.  While it would have been nice to see what the finished recipes were supposed to look like, the are is really interesting.  A few of the recipes, like the Veg-out chocolate cornflake TV wraps, have photo type pictures of the actual dessert while other recepis, like the Handsome Tiramisu, have pictures of a car (not sure how that is related to Chocolate).

Product Description: (from Publisher)

With gigantic vats of churning chocolate, desserts like their famous chocolate pizza, and 12 varieties of hot chocolate served in custom mugs, Max Brenner, Chocolate by the Bald Man has turned their line of hip, colorful themed restaurants into an international sensation..   Chocolate: A Love Story is a vibrant new cookbook that includes 65 original recipes narrated in the quirky, captivating voice of Max Brenner, the restaurant’s visionary founder and "bald man." Bold original illustrations inspired by Art Deco poster graphics, full-color photographs, easy-to-follow, delicious recipes, and a serving of Max’s unique vision for spreading "chocolate culture" around the world make this book a must for every chocolate lover.

About Max Brenner: (from Publisher)

Max Brenner is a confectioner, businessman, and above all, a passionate lover of chocolate. He began his career as an apprentice throughout Europe, where he worked in the best kitchens alongside renowned pastry chefs. It was in Europe that his love for chocolate evolved into passion, leading him to open a small chocolate workshop in his homeland of Israel. Many years later, Max Brenner: Chocolate by the Bald Man is now a thriving international brand, committed to spreading Max’s vision of Chocolate Culture to the world.

Buy it:

Chocolate: A Love Story can be bought for $29.99 US from the Hachette site or from these retailers.

I was given the opportunity to review this product because of my membership at The Product Review Place.

**Disclaimer: I was not paid in any form of cash for this posting.  I did receive a copy of the book to keep for my testing purposes. This is solely the opinion of Over Thirty Mommy. Other people may have different experiences with the product.** 


AudreyO said...

How cute..I love chocolate too but not coffee

Jennifer-Eighty MPH Mom said...

I think I officially love everything chocolate! Great post -thank you!

kalea_kane said...

Thanks for sharing! Looks like a tasty read. I love chocolate too. The darker the better for me as well, but I wont turn away some milk chocolate. :)


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