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50 Great Cookbooks at Thomas Ford – Week 17

Adventures with Chocolate: 80 Sensational Recipes by Paul A. Young

What kind of cookbook is this new title?
Adventures with Chocolate: 80 Sensational Recipes by Paul A. Young is a glossy, colorful cookbook focusing on the ingredient that so many people crave – chocolate. It describes many types of chocolate coming from various regions of the world and tells how to use them in candies, desserts, and main courses, including Paul’s Venezuelan chocolate chile chicken, wild mushroom ganache, and a honey-cured bacon, stilton, and chocolate sandwich.

Is this cookbook easy to use?
The introductory chapters need to be read to know how to use the recipes. The cook needs to learn to identify various chocolates and to make a basic ganache to add to many of the dishes. Some intricate dishes have rather long instructions. Experienced cooks will find the book easier to use than novices.

Can you easily buy the ingredients for the recipes?
Finding the specific chocolates will challenge many cooks. Young also asks for some specialty sugars and uncommon vanillas. He provides some supplier websites in the appendix.

What is special about this cookbook?
The range of recipes for chocolate is wide and thought-provoking. Many will never have thought before of using chocolates in so many ways. Chocolate lovers will drool over the tantalizing pictures.

What are your favorite recipes from this cookbook?
Chocolate syrups with liqueurs, spices, and herb (page 34)
Dark chocolate sorbet (page 40)
Slow-roasted almond rocher slab with crimson raisins (page 50)
Venezuelan chocolate pancakes with chocolate maple syrup (page 78)

I am just dreaming, as I have not actually tried to make these. Would you make them for me?

Review by Rick

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This entry was posted on April 29, 2012 by in 50 Great Cookbooks, Book Review, Cooking, Non-Fiction.
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