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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (October 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600851339
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600851339
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 8.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This amazing collection of 125 recipes covers cookies, brownies and bars, pies, tarts, frozen desserts, candies, sauces and more. The options are endless and the photographs are so luscious, that it's easy to miss all the valuable information scattered throughout. There's information on how to choose the right chocolate for your baking needs, how to taste chocolate, how to decipher labels, getting perfect results when making chocolate chip cookies, and plenty of wisdom and techniques for perfect results."  --Modesto (CA) Bee



Absolutely Chocolate ($29.95, Taunton Press) from the editors of Fine Cooking is an absolute must for chocolate lovers. This new cookbook, filled with tantalizing color photographs, makes you want to dive into a bowl of chocolate and never come up for air. It’s a breathtaking, mouthwatering look into the world of chocolate. I’d like to start at Page 1, making every recipe in the book. It’s not too often I make such a strong recommendation." --Anne Braly, Chattanooga Times Free-Press

"Absolutely Chocolate, explains not just the painstaking process from bean to brownie, but offers a crash course in which baked goods taste better with cocoa powder and which benefit from chocolate. The virtues of high-quality bittersweet versus a semisweet are covered, and tips such as adding a little cocoa powder to mousse for extra flavor are provided."  --New York Daily News

 

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Filled with pages of inspiration and information for cooks of all skill levels, Fine Cooking magazine features hands-on, how-to advice and recipes from America’s culinary experts. Visit Fine Cooking’s Web site www.finecooking.com

 


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Perfect gift for the holidays!
Kimberly Ann Parrilla
If you are a chocoholic and love divine chocolate desserts, you will love this book as much as I do.
B. Davis
I checked this book out of the library, and just had to have my own copy.
Shirley G. Ruth

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By somebodyoranother on September 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I borrowed this from the library but now I want to buy it! I made the port wine soaked cherry brownies for a friends' birthday and they are the best brownies I've ever had. Highly recommend this book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By H. Grove (errantdreams) TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Absolutely Chocolate is filled to the brim with cookies, brownies, cakes, pies, puddings, mousses, ice creams, candies, sauces, and more. There's the usual section at the front about chocolate, but I have to say it's better than most. For example, there's an incredibly useful sidebar on the cocoa content of your chocolate, how it will affect your recipes, and how to alter your recipes if you're going to use chocolates with unusually high cocoa contents. There's also an extended section on the difference between using cocoa and chocolate in cooking.

I've tried a handful of chocolate cookbooks, and this is one of the ones I'd recommend most highly. While the "Death by Chocolate" series is great for folks who enjoy serious kitchen time and complicated recipes, Absolutely Chocolate has plenty of simpler recipes as well. The results are amazing and impressive, and there's a fantastic array of recipes to choose from. There's a limited number of photographs (there certainly isn't one for every recipe), but they're gorgeous and evocative. Recipes are clear and well-ordered, and often include extended sections of tips and instructions to help you out (such as tips for a perfect pots de creme). The cookbook is large, hard-backed, with glossy pages, so it should stay open fairly easily and stand up to much use.

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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By B. Davis on October 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Oh my goodness! I'm so excited about this beautiful cookbook! If you are a chocoholic and love divine chocolate desserts, you will love this book as much as I do. There are 55 full-color photographs throughout, along with 125 mouth-watering, company-perfect, holiday-delicious recipes. The book offers recipes like: Chocolate Chunk Scones; Brownie Cream Cheese Bites; Chocolate Orange Biscotti; Chocolate-espresso Mousse Torte; Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes; Fastest Fudge Cake with Ganache Drizzle; and soooo much more. This is a big, beautiful cookbook that inspires me to make lots of wonderful treats. (My family is going to love me!) It would also make a nice holiday gift for a home baker.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shirley G. Ruth on February 9, 2010
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I checked this book out of the library, and just had to have my own copy. So far, I've only made the first Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, and it was absolutely wonderful, and quite easy to put together. My son-in-law even said the cookies were good enough to sell.
One thing I really like is that most of the ingredients are readily available, not strange esoteric things like in some other cookbooks. I intend to try as many of them as I can.
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ABSOLUTELY CHOCOLATE: IRRESISTIBLE EXCUSES TO INDULGE is packed with invaluable information on how chocolate is made, what's the right pick to suit baking needs, and more. This information pairs well with over 125 recipes for all things chocolate, from layer cakes to pies and cookies, making for a photo-filled recipe and reference handbook for all general lending libraries strong in desserts.
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By April Fear on January 25, 2013
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This is a beautiful cookbook with great pictures of chocolate desserts bound to please any chocoholic! Tasting the desserts is even better than looking at them!
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