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From simple sweets to complex confections, create dazzling desserts with this beautifully illustrated chocolate cookbook from a baking "legend" (New Yorker). Maida Heatter is one of the most trusted and beloved cookbook authors of all time. Her recipes, each a modern classic, have inspired extraordinary bakers such as Dorie Greenspan, Christina Tosi, and David Lebovitz, who From simple sweets to complex confections, create dazzling desserts with this beautifully illustrated chocolate cookbook from a baking "legend" (New Yorker). Maida Heatter is one of the most trusted and beloved cookbook authors of all time. Her recipes, each a modern classic, have inspired extraordinary bakers such as Dorie Greenspan, Christina Tosi, and David Lebovitz, whose foreword introduces the joy of baking with Maida to a new generation. Throughout Maida's nearly 50-year career as a "genius" of baking (New York Times), one thing was constant: her passion for chocolate. She created hundreds of recipes for chocolate cakes, puddings, pies, cookies, and more. Now, Chocolate Is Forever collects her very best, most irresistibly chocolatey delights-including The World's Best Hot Fudge Sauce. Developed for foolproof baking by anyone, each of these nearly 100 recipes is written with Maida's warm but no-nonsense instructions and carries her guarantee that it will work perfectly every time. With recipes ranging from simple cupcakes and fudgy brownies to decadent flourless cakes, this book is a must-have in every chocolate-lover's kitchen.


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From simple sweets to complex confections, create dazzling desserts with this beautifully illustrated chocolate cookbook from a baking "legend" (New Yorker). Maida Heatter is one of the most trusted and beloved cookbook authors of all time. Her recipes, each a modern classic, have inspired extraordinary bakers such as Dorie Greenspan, Christina Tosi, and David Lebovitz, who From simple sweets to complex confections, create dazzling desserts with this beautifully illustrated chocolate cookbook from a baking "legend" (New Yorker). Maida Heatter is one of the most trusted and beloved cookbook authors of all time. Her recipes, each a modern classic, have inspired extraordinary bakers such as Dorie Greenspan, Christina Tosi, and David Lebovitz, whose foreword introduces the joy of baking with Maida to a new generation. Throughout Maida's nearly 50-year career as a "genius" of baking (New York Times), one thing was constant: her passion for chocolate. She created hundreds of recipes for chocolate cakes, puddings, pies, cookies, and more. Now, Chocolate Is Forever collects her very best, most irresistibly chocolatey delights-including The World's Best Hot Fudge Sauce. Developed for foolproof baking by anyone, each of these nearly 100 recipes is written with Maida's warm but no-nonsense instructions and carries her guarantee that it will work perfectly every time. With recipes ranging from simple cupcakes and fudgy brownies to decadent flourless cakes, this book is a must-have in every chocolate-lover's kitchen.

41 review for Chocolate Is Forever: Classic Cakes, Cookies, Pastries, Pies, Puddings, Candies, Confections, and More

  1. 5 out of 5

    NAT.orious reads ☽

    4 chocolate-y STARS ★★★★✩ This book is for you if… you would like to have only one but a very rich source to look to when craving chocolate or searching for ideas to put chocolate easter bunnies and Santa Clauses to use. ⤐ Overall. As the Title of Chocolate is Forever already suggests, you can find a wide variety of recipes in here, featuring cakes, cookies, pastries, pies, puddings, candies, confections and more. Although it's kind of obvious when you think about it, few people pay attent 4 chocolate-y STARS ★★★★✩ This book is for you if… you would like to have only one but a very rich source to look to when craving chocolate or searching for ideas to put chocolate easter bunnies and Santa Clauses to use. ⤐ Overall. As the Title of Chocolate is Forever already suggests, you can find a wide variety of recipes in here, featuring cakes, cookies, pastries, pies, puddings, candies, confections and more. Although it's kind of obvious when you think about it, few people pay attention to baking with chocolate outside of cakes and cookies even though there are super easy and delicious recipes out there to make your own pralines to gift or treat yourself with or quick pastries to serve during family dinners. Not only recipes but also cooking techniques and important things to consider before and during the process of baking are part of this extensive baking book. Most people just think they can forego specific instruction and then...well act very whiny and surprised when things don't turn out the way they do in the original recipe. I was honestly missing the fruity content in this book and that is really the only criticism I can bring to the table. _____________________ writing quality + easy of reading = 4* structure = 4* enjoyability = 4* insightfulness = 4* _____________________ Many thanks to Maida Heatter, Veracious and NetGalley, who provided me with this physical copy / audiobook / eArc in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    When it is snowy and cold outside (and my car is buried under 2ft of ❄️ ), superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. Maida Heatter is one of the When it is snowy and cold outside (and my car is buried under 2ft of ❄️ ), superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. Maida Heatter is one of the most trusted and beloved cookbook authors of all time. Her recipes, each a modern classic, have inspired extraordinary bakers such as Dorie Greenspan, Christina Tosi, and David Lebovitz, whose foreword introduces the joy of baking with Maida to a new generation. Throughout Maida's nearly 50-year career as a "genius" of baking (New York Times), one thing was constant: her passion for chocolate. She created hundreds of recipes for chocolate cakes, puddings, pies, cookies, and more. Now, Chocolate Is Forever collects her very best, most irresistibly chocolatey delights-including The World's Best Hot Fudge Sauce. Developed for foolproof baking by anyone, each of these nearly 100 recipes are written with Maida's warm but no-nonsense instructions and carries her guarantee that it will work perfectly every time. With recipes ranging from simple cupcakes and fudgy brownies to decadent flourless cakes, this book is a must-have in every chocolate lover's kitchen. Chocolate is VERY intimidating: even the experts on the GBBO - even they cannot get it to "snap" when tempered. Madia's instructions are fool-proof and the illustrations are so cute. The recipes in here all look do-able by cooks of any level: that hot fudge sauce may never even make it to the ice cream. (oh, I was watching I Love Lucy last night and her pregnancy craving was pistachio ice cream. hot fudge sauce and sardines ... no thanks!) This book is so awesome I actually ordered a copy for myself in addition to the library. As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sharah McConville

    Chocolate Is Forever is a collection of chocolate recipes by the late Maida Heatter. The recipes range from simple to quite complex. The first few chapters contain everything you need to know before you start baking. There is information on things such as different types of sugars and what they consist of, how to blanch, roast or toast nuts etc. The cookbook also has details about utensils and information about making sure the correct ones are used for a particular recipe in order to succeed. I Chocolate Is Forever is a collection of chocolate recipes by the late Maida Heatter. The recipes range from simple to quite complex. The first few chapters contain everything you need to know before you start baking. There is information on things such as different types of sugars and what they consist of, how to blanch, roast or toast nuts etc. The cookbook also has details about utensils and information about making sure the correct ones are used for a particular recipe in order to succeed. I enjoyed the little stories behind some of the cakes especially the Robert Redford cake. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital copy.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Ks Book Reviews

    Chocolate. Need I really say more? There was no way I was going to pass up the chance to read this book, and I’m very happy I didn’t. Even before getting into the amazing recipes, and there are many, author Maida Heatter schools readers in what to do before we bake --- the ingredients, equipment, and techniques, giving us a well thought out insight into making the best chocolate creations we can. As for those creations, these recipes had me drooling while reading the book, and writing this review Chocolate. Need I really say more? There was no way I was going to pass up the chance to read this book, and I’m very happy I didn’t. Even before getting into the amazing recipes, and there are many, author Maida Heatter schools readers in what to do before we bake --- the ingredients, equipment, and techniques, giving us a well thought out insight into making the best chocolate creations we can. As for those creations, these recipes had me drooling while reading the book, and writing this review. Recipes like . . . Chocolate Intrigue, Old-Fashioned Fudge Cake, Queen Mother’s Cake, The Newest Cheesecake, Dolly’s Crisp Toffee Bars, Chocolate Almond Sp-Icebox Cake, Bittersweet Chocolate Biscotti, Chocolate Pecan Pie, Black Bottom Pie, Frozen Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Raisin Clusters, Homemade Chocolate Syrup (And 19 Drinks and Variations) and a whole lot more! My one disappointment with CHOCOLATE IS FOREVER, is that instead of photos of these amazing creations, there are illustrations. While they are fun and colorful, real photos would have made this book irresistible to all but those with chocolate allergies.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Eve beinguniquebooks

    In this book, we see how many various types of chocolate cakes there are that can be created I particularly liked the orange chocolate loaf, marble cake and chocolate mint truffles and am definitely going to be giving them a try to make as the steps are easy to follow and the ingredients easy to get hold of. Many thanks to the publishers for allowing me to review this book for them!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Billie

    Sometimes, you just want something chocolate, but aren't sure exactly what. If you have this on your cookbook shelf, you're sure to find something to satisfy your craving. Compiled from Heatter's previous cookbooks and with an introduction by David Lebovitz and illustrations by Alice Oehr this single-subject cookbook will be a welcome addition to any home baker's collection.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emmalita

    My first baking teacher as a child was Betty Crocker. My second, as an adult, was Maida Heatter. The above admonition is one I ignored often and it is only through years of experience, success and failure that I have learned that there are some cookbook authors on whom you should not riff. Maida Heatter is one of those. She really did test her recipes over and over again before publishing them. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t substitute dried cherries for raisins in the loaf of chocolate bread. My first baking teacher as a child was Betty Crocker. My second, as an adult, was Maida Heatter. The above admonition is one I ignored often and it is only through years of experience, success and failure that I have learned that there are some cookbook authors on whom you should not riff. Maida Heatter is one of those. She really did test her recipes over and over again before publishing them. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t substitute dried cherries for raisins in the loaf of chocolate bread. It does mean that I followed the processes she describes to the letter. If you are looking for foolproof books to guide you through baking, you could do a lot worse than Maida Heatter and not much better. Chocolate is Forever, and Cookies are Magic are being released this Spring, I assume in honor of Maida Heatter’s death at age 102 last year. The new forwards by David Lebovitz and Deb Perelman were not available in the advance reader copy, so I don’t know what they say. The recipes collected are not trendy or fashionable. In many of the short anecdotes before the recipes, Heatter talks about picking up a local recipe as she was travelling. She was interested in the foods that gave a city or area it’s flavor, and that’s reflected in the recipes gathered in these cookbooks. The recipes are traditional, but not, in the modern parlance, basic. There are gluten free cakes and desserts in Chocolate is Forever, but that’s because flourless chocolate cakes are part of Heatter’s Jewish culinary heritage and not because of a concern about gluten. I am a creative baker (which isn’t necessarily a good thing, but I persist), so having a basic recipe on which I can build is a wonderful thing. In a book full of cakes, puddings, pies and brownies, I decided to make the chocolate bread. Of course, I made substitutions. The recipe called for raisins and walnuts. I dislike raisins, so I used dried cherries instead. My housemate can’t eat nuts, so I left them out. If you can eat nuts, do add them. The loaf came together easily and baked beautifully. It makes a large loaf of bread, so be prepared. The aroma was amazing. The chocolateness of the bread became more apparent when toasted the next day. It makes beautiful toast and more importantly, it makes beautiful french toast. It would probably make an amazing french toast casserole. Insert eyebrow wiggle gif here. I’ve baked from enough Maida Heatter recipes to know that they work. Feel confident when you buy this book that you will have some amazing bakes and learn some techniques that have gone out of fashion in home baking.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    I used to make Maida Heatter's Butterscotch Brownies for an annual bake sale. My boss would come and buy up the whole plate! They have been a favorite recipe since I bought the Book of Great Cookies in the late 1970s. Heatter passed away last year at age 102. I am relieved to know that baking desserts did not shorten her life. Because we are in the COVID-19 Lock Down in Michigan and I feel the urge to make cookies and eat chocolate like I haven't felt in years. And yea! Here are some of Heatter's I used to make Maida Heatter's Butterscotch Brownies for an annual bake sale. My boss would come and buy up the whole plate! They have been a favorite recipe since I bought the Book of Great Cookies in the late 1970s. Heatter passed away last year at age 102. I am relieved to know that baking desserts did not shorten her life. Because we are in the COVID-19 Lock Down in Michigan and I feel the urge to make cookies and eat chocolate like I haven't felt in years. And yea! Here are some of Heatter's best recipes for chocolate desserts being published in a new collection! Chocolate Is Forever includes Simple Cakes; Special Occasion Cakes; Cookies and Bars; Pastries, Pies, Puddings and More; and Candy, Fudge and Chocolate Drinks. Heatter tells how her Oreo Cookie Cake was inspired by a USA Today reporter telling her that Oreo cookies were the most popular commercial cookies in the world. Heatter's mother served the F.B.I. Chocolate Layer Cake when J. Edgar Hoover came to dine. He threatened an F.B.I. investigation if he didn't get the recipe! Who could pass up Positively-the-Absolute-Best-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies? They are my weakness! Turns out that polls show they are America's favorite cookie to make at home. Heatter tweaks the traditional Toll House recipe. Black-Bottom Pie was a favorite of Pulitzer-Prize winning Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (The Yearling, Cross Creek). Heater agrees and shares a 'glorious' recipe. I love Heatter's Homemade Chocolate Syrup with 19 drinks and variations! I imagine having it on hand for Chocolate Banana Milkshakes in summer and Hot Mocha in winter. I am going to get into the kitchen tomorrow and try the country fair prize-winning Buena Vista Loaf Cake, a "plain and wonderful chocolate loaf loaded with fruit, nuts and chocolate chips--almost a fruit cake but not as sweet." With a crunchy crust, I think it will be great with my afternoon cup of tea. I received free ebooks from the publisher through NetGalley. My review is fair and unbiased. The instructions begin with all the basics--information on how to read the recipe, select and prepare your ingredients, the equipment needed, even storing your baked goods.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Witch-at-Heart

    Maida Heatter's recipes are absolutely top notch! The best I have ever tried to bake. The instructions are clear and easy to understand and very well layed out. I love the section of tips to read before you bake it includes a general list of ingredients, equipment needed, tips and technique for optimal results and is perfect for those new to baking or anyone just wanting to improve how their recipes turn out. This book made me feel like I was in a cooking class with her by my side this is seriou Maida Heatter's recipes are absolutely top notch! The best I have ever tried to bake. The instructions are clear and easy to understand and very well layed out. I love the section of tips to read before you bake it includes a general list of ingredients, equipment needed, tips and technique for optimal results and is perfect for those new to baking or anyone just wanting to improve how their recipes turn out. This book made me feel like I was in a cooking class with her by my side this is seriously a true gem for not only fans of Maida Heatter's cooking but anyone wanting to perfect cooking with chocolate. I was pleasantly surprised the recipes included everything from basic chocolate cakes to candy, drinks, and so much more. I was almost overwhelmed at what to try first. Y'all this book could seriously make me fat (technically fatter lol) if I'm not careful because the recipes are just that delicious. I have never owned one of her books so now I understand why she is revered as a master in her craft. I have truly been missing out by not trying her recipes sooner. Literally my only complaint is the recipes are illustrated instead of actual photos. The illustrations are fantastic and give it a fun whimsical vibe. However, in a cookbook I want photos of the food. But the book is so amazing I won't lower my score but I do want to point it out so you know what to expect when you purchase this book. And believe me you should it's a delight!!! I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to bake and loves chocolate! I recieved this book from NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shipshapeeatworthy

    Chocolate is Forever is another Maida Heatter cookbook that has just been newly released (the others are Happiness is Baking and Cookies are Magic). This hard cover book is a beautiful compilation of Heatter's greatest chocolate-based recipes. Heatter's recipes are classic and absolutely delicious! I appreciate that they are well-tested and, I always achieve beautiful results with her recipes! I love reading through the recipe head notes because Heatter has something interesting to say about eac Chocolate is Forever is another Maida Heatter cookbook that has just been newly released (the others are Happiness is Baking and Cookies are Magic). This hard cover book is a beautiful compilation of Heatter's greatest chocolate-based recipes. Heatter's recipes are classic and absolutely delicious! I appreciate that they are well-tested and, I always achieve beautiful results with her recipes! I love reading through the recipe head notes because Heatter has something interesting to say about each recipe! What makes this book as special as the other books in this series is the wonderfully written forward by David Lebovitz (another world-class baker and food writer who's been inspired by Heatter's work), as well as the striking illustrations by Alice Oehr. Oehr's vintage-inspired style of illustration really suit these cookbooks. This cookbook would make a great addition to any cookbook library. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Hachette Book Group Canada for providing me with a free, review copy of this book. I did not receive monetary compensation for my post, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Phillip Oliver

    Maida Heatter, aka "The Queen of Desserts" died last year and during the 70s and 80s, she published several titles that are now considered classics. Her precise instructions taught a generation of bakers and eased their fears about entering the kitchen. The recipes in this book have been assembled from Maida Heatter’s previously published books, including Happiness Is Baking, Maida Heatter's Cakes, Maida Heatter's Cookies, Maida Heatter's Book of Great Chocolate Desserts, Maida Heatter's Book of Maida Heatter, aka "The Queen of Desserts" died last year and during the 70s and 80s, she published several titles that are now considered classics. Her precise instructions taught a generation of bakers and eased their fears about entering the kitchen. The recipes in this book have been assembled from Maida Heatter’s previously published books, including Happiness Is Baking, Maida Heatter's Cakes, Maida Heatter's Cookies, Maida Heatter's Book of Great Chocolate Desserts, Maida Heatter's Book of Great Desserts, Maida Heatter's New Book of Great Desserts. Last year, a compilation of her recipes appeared in Happiness Is Baking. This book follows the same format and is again illustrated by Alice Oche's colorful drawings. A preface by David Lebovitz was not available in the preview galley. Maida Heatter's notes on equipment, ingredients and how-to's are included in the opening chapter.. Recipe sections include Simple Cakes, Special Occasion Cakes, Cookies & Bars, Pastries, Pies, Puddings & More and Candy, Fudge and Chocolate Drinks. I have made many of these recipes and they include some of my all-time favorites, such as 86-Proof Chocolate Cake, St. Louis Chocolate Layer Cake, Country Fair Chocolate Cake, Frozen Chocolate Mousse and Rocky Roads. But there are also a number that I haven't tried, chief among them are the September 7th Cake, Robert Redford Cake, Queen Mother's Cake, Hungarian Seven Layer Cake, Mocha Velvet, Chocolate Bread and a host of others. Just seeing the list of contents reminds me, that despite blogging her recipes for the past decade, I still have tons of recipes to go!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Chocolate is forever by Maida Heatter is an awesome book filled with delicious Chocolate recipes! The book starts with a section of tips to read before you bake and then goes into a general list of ingredients and a little information about each ingredient. She walks you through equipment needed, technique, timing and storage. Then begins the Fun! You will start with simple cakes! Each recipe is laid out in an easy to follow way. You are told step for step what is needed and how to do it. The bo Chocolate is forever by Maida Heatter is an awesome book filled with delicious Chocolate recipes! The book starts with a section of tips to read before you bake and then goes into a general list of ingredients and a little information about each ingredient. She walks you through equipment needed, technique, timing and storage. Then begins the Fun! You will start with simple cakes! Each recipe is laid out in an easy to follow way. You are told step for step what is needed and how to do it. The book has sections for special occasion cakes, cookies and bars, pastries, pies, pudding and more! I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to bake and loves chocolate!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    Chocolate is Forever by Maida Heatter is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in mid-March. With recipes for cakes, cookies, pies, desserts, fudge, candies and drinks that can be anywhere from 2-3 pages long, Heatter is sincerely a huge fan and aficionado of chocolate, and her straightforward, no-nonsense (as in not leaving any query unanswered), yet personably quirky recipe writing style makes itself known with brightly-rendered graphics of chocolate items, finished products, and cooking utensils.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Daphnee (daphneereads)

    Chocolate is forever is a great cookbook full of information, almost perfect for beginners, but it is lacking of pictures which would be helpful when one is just starting out. The illustrations are pretty but I think it would reach out more if there was actual pictures of some of the steps and the final result. There were some pretty good recipes and I liked that there was a little fact attached to each of them. Good book overall. Thank you NetGalley for the free ebook.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Denai Piscopo

    There are some serious delicious recipes in this book. I love that most of them have a little story about where they came from or who they've been cooked for, a great personal touch. Cant wait to try some of these out very soon and see what kind of reactions that we get. Some great tips and tricks at the beginning for us novices to increase our skills. Thanks for the opportunity to try something new.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kirstyn Yosick

    Okay... do you want to know a secret? I normally HATE chocolate. I don't know why, I just don't... but this book changed that for me. The recipes in the book are delicious and are made so that they are easy to follow, even following a personal touch that makes the recipes more personable. I overall loved the opportunity to try something entirely new.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Basicsadie

    Chock full of Chocolate Insanity, this is just the ticket (book) to answer all the chocolate indulgencies you have ever had! Once again, Maida Heatter's recipes are a legend, just as she is, and this book goes the extra mile to show you just what a marvelous baker and legend she is! The only downside is it ended all too soon! 5 easy, delicious stars!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Habib

    Maida Heatter is one of my favorite cookbook authors and this is just the most recent reason to love her. Recipes are clear and detailed and the results are confidence and deliciousness. Her books provide a course for home bakers to gain expertise and experience in new techniques. For me, chocolate is a food group, and this book is an indulgence I will visit often.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Annarella

    It's an excellent cookbook and it made me crave to taste most of the recipes. It liked how clear the recipes are and their story. Excellent, strongly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Houle

    Ninety-three chocolate based recipes that are all easy to follow and look divinely tasty. No photos or nutritional facts. Storage and variation tips are included.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mandy Peterson

    I've always loved chocolate, but I found chocolate work to be very intimidating. The great thing about this cookbook is the tips and tricks that make you feel more confident going into the process. The tone of the author's writing is very down-to-earth while the recipes are (sorry, I have to say it this way) out of this world. I found plenty of new things I want to try and improvements on my current repertoire. If you purchase this book for yourself, you will want a physical copy rather than a d I've always loved chocolate, but I found chocolate work to be very intimidating. The great thing about this cookbook is the tips and tricks that make you feel more confident going into the process. The tone of the author's writing is very down-to-earth while the recipes are (sorry, I have to say it this way) out of this world. I found plenty of new things I want to try and improvements on my current repertoire. If you purchase this book for yourself, you will want a physical copy rather than a digital copy to write, underline, and make other notes in. My only caveat was a personal preference. I would have loved to see photos of each piece rather than illustrations. I'm a very visual learner so that would have been helpful to me.

  22. 4 out of 5

    SiilBookishPastrychef

    I love chocolate, who doesn't? I love recipes and collecting these kinds of books, I can't wait to make some recipes that caught my attention.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    There's plenty of variety in terms of recipes and they all have chocolate in them. There's a few recipes I would love to try.

  24. 5 out of 5

    MK

    If you love chocolate and want to make homemade versions of your favourite treats, this is the book for you. It's incredible comprehensive, covering cakes, cookies, candy, and all kinds of variants in-between - including chocolate bread! The first few chapters set you up for success: talking about types of chocolate and other ingredients and how to work with them, the type of equipment you'll need, and the various techniques required. While the majority of these recipes are geared towards serious If you love chocolate and want to make homemade versions of your favourite treats, this is the book for you. It's incredible comprehensive, covering cakes, cookies, candy, and all kinds of variants in-between - including chocolate bread! The first few chapters set you up for success: talking about types of chocolate and other ingredients and how to work with them, the type of equipment you'll need, and the various techniques required. While the majority of these recipes are geared towards serious bakers, there are some very simple recipes for every the beginning baker. One of the interesting things about these recipes is how many of them feature using a bit of instant coffee in the recipe, something I found very surprising. That is usually the most exotic ingredient, making it easy to make with what you have on hand.. The instructions are straightforward and very precise, pointing out potential pitfalls to make sure that every batch you make is a successful one. This cookbook contains everything you'll ever need to work with chocolate and is worthy to sit on your shelf..

  25. 4 out of 5

    Caro

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    Sarah Weld

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    ClaireLash

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jinx:The:Poet {the Literary Masochist, Ink Ninja & Word Roamer}

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Feathers

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sandra J. Pierce

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    Allison

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  33. 5 out of 5

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  34. 4 out of 5

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    Jennifer

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    Rebecca

  38. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Friesen

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  40. 5 out of 5

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    Nikoline Romlund

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