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29 October 2009

Chocolate A Love Story: A Book Review

Title: Chocolate A Love Story
Author: Max Brenner
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: November 2, 2009
Hardcover: 144 pages
ISBN: 9780316056625
Genre: Cookbook


Synopsis from the 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.

My review:

By no means am I even remotely considered a chef, which is to say, as far as my baking skills are concerned, fine baking occurs when I have to add oil, water and egg. Yet when I was offered the chance to review Chocolate: A Love Story, by Max Brenner I could not refuse. I love chocolate and figured there was only a remote chance that I would not like the recipes made available in the cookbook This is a book review, so I must be honest, I knew I would not be baking from this book, rather my husband would be, thankfully he was as delighted as I by the recipes. Max Brenner offers up 65 delicious recipes from his private collection along with musing about many of the recipes. The book stays true in its retro theme, the recipes are well written, clear, concise, and even a non-baker such as myself recognizes the ingredients. The recipes are as delicious as they sound and not at all time consuming. This cookbook is certain to delight any chocolate lover.

About the author:

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.

I received a free copy of Chocolate: A Love Story by Max Brenner from Hachette as part of the tour. Receiving a free copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.



Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Nice review! Sounds like a very cute cookbook. I wish I could cook, but I might have to take a peek at one either way. :)

LiveLaughLoveCj said...

I'd be in heaven! A cookbook about chocolate, for chocolate by the Bald Man himself, Mr. Brenner! WOOT WOOT!

alitareads said...

My husband would *love* this! Christmas gift? I think so. Great review :)

Janean said...

okay, where did i hide that hersey's bar????

fredamans said...

I just received this book today. Good and honest review!

carolsnotebook said...

I have this one too. I haven't tried anything from it yet. Soon, I hope.

carolsnotebook said...

I have this one too. I haven't tried anything from it yet. Soon, I hope.