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Cocolat: Extraordinary Chocolate Desserts

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James Beard Foundation 1991 Cookbook of the Year!
"Cocolat is to chocolate what Tiffany is to diamonds." — Gourmet magazine.
One of America's leading chocolatiers and the founder of the famous Cocolat shops shares the secrets behind her decadent, European-style desserts in this beautifully illustrated, easy-to-follow guide. Alice Medrich founded the first in a chain of choco
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 1st 1990 by Grand Central Publishing
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May 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
About fifteen years ago I saw this book and knew that I had to own it. It was the first time I had spent so much money on a cookbook. I still love it to bits. It has been the inspiration for countless birthday cakes and other special occasion cakes and desserts ever since. In my view, it's a must for anyone who is serious about baking. ...more
Robert Davis
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks, chocolate
This is an absolutely splendid and lavish book, detailing some of the most sophisticated and decadent chocolate deserts from the groundbreaking
California chocolate store, sadly now closed. These recipes are not for the novice cook, but for someone who lives in the kitchen and has a love affair with chocolate.

Cocolat won the Cookbook of the Year and Perrier Best Food Photography awards from the James Beard Foundation, and the Julia Child Award: Best First Cookbook.
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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As a professional pastry chef, I have collected cookbooks for too many years. There are still a few authors whose every book is a must: Alice Medrich is one of them. Her instructions are clear; her recipes work. Every item I introduced to my catering menu has always been a success.
May 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Beautiful book !
Intricately and delicately done chocolate desserts !

PS: However I don't like the letters. So tiny.
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I doubt I would ever make anything in this cookbook -- well, perhaps the mousses -- but it was very interesting to read from a technical standpoint. It does not have the chatty sort of culinary history/nutritional anthropology many cookbooks I enjoy do, but it is certainly fascinating for how to make some very complex and beautiful desserts.
Aug 02, 2008 rated it liked it
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if you love chocolate you kneed to own this book and start cooking from it. It is not your everyday recipes. More on the advance side.
Oct 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book has great information about everything Alice Medrich is a chemist and has figured out the best brownies ever.
Gayle Gonzales
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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This is the book that convinced me I had to go to pastry school. I baked my way through the whole book with flawless recipes and beautiful results. Thoroughly delicious and beautiful writing.
Nov 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Everything my husband has made from this book has been amazing. The recipes are complicated but showstoppers. Be prepared to use a LOT of butter.
Suzy Stanford
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This cookbook has the most divinely delicious dessert recipes - it's beautiful to look at and everything I've made from it has been Sumptuous!!! ...more
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Recommends it for: chocolaholics, people who like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen
Many new chocolate baking books have come out since Alice Medrich, former baker for Chez Panise, came out with this collection, but few surpass it. ...more
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