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The Essence of Chocolate: Recipes for Baking and Cooking with Fine Chocolate

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The first cookbook from America's premier chocolate makers, filled with recipes, kitchen tips, and dazzling photographs

As Americans have become fascinated by chocolate, and especially high-quality chocolate, one name has risen above the rest: Scharffen Berger. Founded in 1996 by Robert Steinberg, a physician and amateur chef, and John Scharffenberger, an award-winning vint

Hardcover, 384 pages
Published November 14th 2006 by Hyperion
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Jun 27, 2010 Robert rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks, chocolate
5 Stars is a rarity from me, but frankly, I cannot find a fault or suggest an improvement for this chocolate compendium. This is far more than just a collection of recipes. It is just about as complete a book on the subject of cocoa and chocolate as can be imagined. The authors describe how they started their business, meet the growers, choose the cocoa and process it.

If you know he difference between "Molinillo" and "Monilia" and how they relate to chocolate, then this is for you. If you don't
Nov 09, 2008 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cooking
This is truly a beautiful book. The photos, the story(ies) that is shared and how can delicious chocolate recipes not be beautiful too?

I picked up the book because a few recipes caught my eye quickly, and the authors explanation of who/why the recipe is included in the book makes each and every recipe intriguing right away. But, the stories shared with gorgeous photos has every reason for you to want to pick this book up to. I wasn't inclined to "read" the stories at first because I thought it w
Apr 23, 2010 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Besides the obvious attributes of delicious recipes and beautiful photography, the story Robert Steinberg tells of his journey from doctor to co-founder to Scharffen Berger Chocolates, which company was instrumental in US chocolate boom. To me, this was surprisingly touching and informative. He talked about this longing for something "to do" when he was no longer able to be a doctor and his discovery and appreciation of chocolate was enhanced when he learned the vocabulary of appreciation. That ...more
May 09, 2010 Amy rated it liked it
This book is fuel for the fire for anyone else having a love affair with chocolate. I loved the story of chocolate and learning how these 2 guys in CA started a chocolate production company. They were very dedicated. The recipes looked wonderful, too.

My disappointment came when I learned stuff about what happened to the company later. Sharffen Berger chocolate was bought by Nestle, and I understand that they're not that unique anymore. I should have seen the writing on the wall, Mr. Sharffenberg
Jennifer Steinhoff
Feb 26, 2011 Jennifer Steinhoff rated it it was amazing
I know what you're thinking: She's reading a cookbook. Does that even count? Well, this was my favorite type of cookbook, it gave you recipes, but it also explained the history of the ingredients, how they're made, and so much more about Chocolate -- Urban ledgends, history of names (do you know why it's called Devil's Food Cake? I do), important events, and how chocolate affects people today (and not just pmsing women!) I highly recommend this book and I have a new appreciation for the wonderfu ...more
May 23, 2011 Lynn rated it really liked it
If you are into chocolates and would love to know more about it (from how it came about to the legends and lore of related stuff like Gianduja and Devil's food), you are in for a treat. This book is highly informative and with recipes contributed by various renowned chefs,makes it a must-have.

Complete the education with a chocolate factory tour!

Rachael Lauritzen
Apr 28, 2011 Rachael Lauritzen rated it really liked it
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Mmmmmm..... A very fine chocolate cookbook. The PB&C cookies are to die for--and you might just have a heart attack from all the butter, but you would die happy. Alice Medrich's Bittersweet is better for sheer volume (and quality) of recipes, but this is a fine addition to your cookbook shelf. Or you could just frame the cover art.
Jan 14, 2011 Pat rated it it was amazing
It's about chocolate, how can you go wrong, right?? What makes it above par for me, however, are a lot of unique recipes, a little(OK, maybe a lot) on the history AND the future of chocolate, and fabulous photos. If they only tasted as good as they look..
Aug 07, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: food-and-wine

Couldn't keep it long enough to try any recipes, but interesting history of chocolate and of the company.
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May 13, 2010 TammyJo Eckhart rated it really liked it
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Oct 07, 2009 Talia rated it it was amazing
If you love chocolate as much as me you should read this book and follow it's recipes, they are honestly to die for!
Sep 26, 2009 Kayla rated it it was amazing
luv these recipes!!!!!

<3 that chocolate cake

i'm eating a cocoa ice pop now!
Nov 04, 2013 Beka rated it liked it
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A lot of information about chocolate making with some very good recipes.
Sep 01, 2012 Marissa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
I Love This Book!
I can't whit to try all the recipes.

My Rating 10/10.
Jun 28, 2009 Debbie rated it it was amazing
met the man, read the book, ate the chocolate. what more can i say??
Apr 06, 2011 Rebekah rated it really liked it
Beautiful pictures. Inspiring recipes- simple and creative.
Nov 13, 2013 Mariah rated it liked it
so much chocolate! Also so much I didn't know about cocoa.
Feb 23, 2008 Jennie rated it it was amazing
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For the chocolate pecan tart recipe alone!
Feb 16, 2011 Kim rated it did not like it
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