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Monday, August 2, 2010

READ THIS: The Little Black Book of Chocolate by The Peter Pauper Press

You should know at Whom You Know, we consider Chocolate to be among the 4 food groups.  (The other 3 are Champagne, Seafood and Coffee.)  Never one to look at a food group from the surface level, Peachy Deegan decided it was time for the Peachy's Pantry Panel to check out the Peter Pauper Press's Little Black Book of Chocolate.  A great educational tool for yourself and also a wonderful gift for others, The Little Black Book of Chocolate is all you want to know about a topic that is essential to life.  After all, do you really trust anyone that doesn't love chocolate?  Peachy doesn't.  Here is what the chocoholics of Whom You Know had to say:

Chocoholics of the world, here is your new bible!  The Little Black Book of Chocolate, measuring a mere 4.25" x 6", is the perfect pint-sized companion for any chocolate lover.  Containing over 70 delectable recipes, as well as tips for working with chocolate, quotes about chocolate, and a brief history of chocolate, this tiny book packs a powerful (and oh-so-sweet) punch!  And lest one think that all chocolate belongs in the same dining category, this book tells us otherwise.  It is carefully divided into 6 different categories: Cakes; Fillings, Frostings and Other Goodies; Desserts; Cookies and More; Pies; and Candy and Drinks.  From molten chocolate cake to fudge frosting to creme de menthe brownie pie to "grownup hot chocolate," this book covers it all, from basics to more sophisticated chocolate delicacies - and it's all laid out in simple, easy-to-follow recipes.  I haven't quite made it through all of them yet, but I think I owe it to my friends and family (yeah, okay - and to myself!) to give it the ol' college try!  

There's a phrase in The Little Black Book of Chocolate that pretty much sums it up for all of us chocolate lovers out there, "There are four basic food groups: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and chocolate truffles."  If this is more true than you'd like to admit, then this is the book to add to your arsenal for when a certain chocolate treat is difficult to find, but you're more than happy to try and create it for yourself.  This book contains recipes for the most common (and some uncommon) chocolate desserts out there, whether it's cakes, pies, cookies, candies, beverages, or frostings and fillings.  The best thing about it is that all of the recipes are simple to follow and call for few ingredients, and almost always, these are ingredients you've heard of before, can pronounce, and are easy to find in any grocery store.  While the size of the book is tiny, it carries more recipes than you can count, and the hard cover and spiral binding make it easy to prop up on a kitchen counter when you're whipping up a recipe.  This little book inspires me to improve my choco-cooking skills!

The Essential Guide to New & Old Confections
Author: Barbara Bloch Benjamin
ISBN #: 9780880883610
Page Count: 160
Published Date: 09-01-2003
Trim Size: 4.25" x 5.75" x 0.50"
Binding: Hardcover

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