First of all, Adventures with Chocolate: 80 Sensational Recipes (Amazon link) looks good enough to eat. The chocoholic in me insists on keeping this beautiful cookbook out – front and center – on my kitchen hutch. It’s that gorgeous. The only problem is, every time I see it, I HAVE to have chocolate. The sooner the better.
I was sent this cookbook to review and pretty much all I have to say is this, I’m flat out in love with the book and if you call yourself a chocoholic, you must buy the book immediately. If you don’t, your chocoholic membership card may be taken from you.
Famed for his exquisite chocolates and ingenious flavor combinations, Paul A. Young now shares his chocolate-making secrets for the first time. After teaching you the finer points of chocolate tasting, you are invited to his masterclass on how to make a classic chocolate truffle. Soon you’ll be melting, blending, and tasting chocolate like a true aficionado, and so your chocolate adventure begins. There are up to 400 flavors in a piece of fine dark chocolate, and the variety and origin of the cocoa beans, as well as the way they were processed, all affect the taste of the finished product. With Paul at your side, you’ll discover why Equadorian chocolate lends itself beautifully to flavors such as marmalade, pink peppercorns, and saffron, while Venezuelan chocolate tastes amazing when paired with cinnamon, chile, or lavender. Once you understand how to combine chocolate with other flavors, you can let your imagination run wild and experiment with your own tastebud-tingling combinations.
The recipes are divided into chapters such as Fruit & Nuts, Sugar & Spice, and Unadulterated, and offer much more than just truffles. You’ll find recipes for Paul’s famous hot chocolate, cakes, cookies, desserts, and even savory dishes—a sure talking point at any dinner party. Take your pick from Wild Strawberry and Pink Peppercorn Truffles, Sea-salted Caramel Tart, and the Ultimate Chocolate Martini. The Alchemy chapter is for the more adventurous cook, with wild and wonderful recipes such as Paul’s Venezuelan Chocolate Chile Chicken, Sweet Chocolate Pesto, and even a Honey-cured Bacon, Stilton and Chocolate Sandwich—which Paul swears by as a hangover cure! Paul’s enthusiasm for chocolate is irresistible and his stunning, easy-to-follow recipes are essential for all chocolate lovers.
Not only does Adventures with Chocolate: 80 Sensational Recipes (Amazon link) give whatever room it’s in an instant makeover, the content is invaluable to chocolate lovers.
- How to buy the right chocolate
- How to identify different chocolates
- How to make a chocolate truffle
- How to make ganache
- How to temper chocolate
- How to decorate truffles
Of course the cookbook includes outstandingly delicious recipes for Chocolate lovers:
- Paul’s Aztec-Style Hot Chocolate
- Sea-Salted Caramel Tart with Javanese Milk Chocolate
- Chocolate-Drenched Cacao-Nib Cookies
- Dark Chocolate Sorbet (if the picture doesn’t make your mouth water, nothing will)
- Trifle of Four Chocolates
- Paul’s Chocolate Pudding Extreme
- Three Chocolates Christmas Pudding
- Salted Pecan Praline Ganache
- Hand-Rolled Wild Strawberry and Pink Peppercorn Truffles (gorgeous)
- Maple Macadamia Ganache
- White Chocolate Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Raspberry Compote
- Sweet Roasted Green Garlic Ganache
- White Chocolate Sauce for Seafood
- And many, many more.
See Adventures with Chocolate: 80 Sensational Recipes (Amazon link) for more information.