HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE – Chocolate A Love Story – With Giveaway

chocolate a love story book cover

Published by Little, Brown and Company
Category: Cooking
Publish Date: 11/2/2009
Price: $29.99/$35.99
ISBN: 9780316056625
Pages: 144

About the book and author

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.

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.

Chocolate A Love Story aroused my curiousity from the moment I heard the title, which is why I accepted the offer to review it. It is more than a cookbook, it is a tribute to chocolate. The author does not speak of simple desserts, he speaks of edible works of art. The book contains easy to follow recipes that call for simple ingredients. Most of the recipes are accompanied by a random thought or memory from the author. I’m not sure but I’m guessing they somehow relate to the dish. The desserts and drinks resulting from these recipes are from from ordinary.  Chocolate pizza! Chocolate Pot Pie! A few of the recipes that made my mouth water include Eco Friendly Chocolate Bread Pudding, A Therapeutic Chocolate Pot Pie, Lipstick Banana Chocolate Cake Bonbons and Spy thriller Chocolate Black Forest Cake. Part of the reason that these recipes grabbed my attention was the photo. Although contained in somewhat modern art, the dishes look as good as they sound. Which brings me to the only thing I didn’t like about the book –  I wish the book more pictures of the food. There are pictures of the chocolate dishes scattered through the book but for the most part the book is full of artistic drawings and pictures.

This book would make a great gift for anyone who truly loves chocolate or cooking.


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About the Author

I’m a Jersey girl, I was born and raised here and have lived here for almost my entire life. I’m a mom of 2 boys – TJ, a 21 year old, and CJ, an 18 year old with Down Syndrome. I am the oldest of four children. I am also a social media enthusiast, cat person, and Down syndrome advocate. I love coffee and milkshakes. My favorite dessert is cheesecake. I love rock music, tech, travel and food. And cheesecake. I HATE the misuse of the word retarded. I take it personally and find it very offensive. Did I mention that I love cheesecake?

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  1. The best chocolate dish ever is the chocolate fondue from the melting pot, I got the yin yang, using a rice crispie treat to dip in.

  2. I love fudge brownies with chocolate chips mixed in with them. Then take a piece and warn it up a little and put vanilla ice cream on top of the brownie. It’s the best!!

  3. I would have to say my favorite chocolate recipe is the simple chocolate covered pretzels. I really love the salty sweet combination.

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