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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (November 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068483197X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684831978
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 10 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,194,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

There ought to be a law against cookies as sinfully delicious as the ones Marcel Desaulniers presents in his Death by Chocolate Cookies. Chocolate Peanut Butter Love Bars, Chocolate Pecan Tart Cookies, White Chocolate Peppermint Patties, Chocolate Mango Ambush--the names alone are life-threatening, while the full-page color photographs are almost guaranteed to send serious chocoholics into cardiac arrest. Desaulniers devilishly tempts the reader with 75 easy-to-follow recipes that promise untold delight in every bite, from the simplest Chocolate Raspberry Cookiecupcake to the fascinatingly intricate Golden Spider Webs with Wicken Ganache. Dip into Death by Chocolate Cookies at your own risk: this much chocolate is almost certainly lethal!

From Library Journal

Desaulniers, chef/owner of The Trellis Restaurant in Williamsburg, Virginia, is not one for understatement; his earlier cookbooks include Desserts To Die For (LJ 8/95) and this book's predecessor, Death by Chocolate (Rizzoli, 1992). Most of the recipes here are less complicated than the show-stopping restaurant desserts in his earlier books. There are family favorites like Mrs. D's Chocolate Chip Cookies, from his mother; recipes "for kids at heart"; and fairly simple "Easy Street" recipes. But there are more elaborate choices, too, such as Golden Spider Webs with Wicked Ganache. The recipe directions are especially clear, and all these mouth-watering treats are shown in full-color photographs. Highly recommended.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Marcel Desaulniers is the executive chef and owner of the Trellis Restaurant in Williamsburg, Virginia. A 1965 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Marcel has received several national awards, including Food and Wine magazine's Honor Roll of American Chefs, Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America, the prestigious Ivy Award from Restaurants and Institutions, the 1993 James Beard Award for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic States, the highly coveted Silver Plate award from the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association, and in 1999 the James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef in America.

Marcel's first cookbook, THE TRELLIS COOKBOOK, was published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in 1988. The paperback version, including 20 new recipes, was published in January 1992 by Simon & Schuster. DEATH BY CHOCOLATE, Desaulniers' second cookbook, published by Rizzoli, New York in September 1992, has sold more than 300,000 copies worldwide. In 1993, DEATH BY CHOCOLATE won the James Beard Best Baking and Desserts Cookbook Award. Marcel's television cooking series, "Death by Chocolate," based on his book premiered in September 1993 on The Learning Channel.

In 1994, Simon & Schuster released Marcel's third book, THE BURGER MEISTERS. In 1995 THE BURGER MEISTERS won the James Beard Best Single Subject Cookbook Award. His cooking series, "The Burger Meister," premiered on The Learning Channel in September 1994. Marcel's fourth book, DESSERTS TO DIE FOR, was published by Simon & Schuster in November 1995, and in April 1996 the book was awarded the Julia Child Cookbook Award for Bread, Other Baking and Sweets category as well as the Cook's Choice Award. His fifth book, AN ALPHABET OF SWEETS, was published by Rizzoli, New York in October 1996. A sixth book, DEATH BY CHOCOLATE COOKIES, was published by Simon & Schuster in November of 1997. The seventh cookbook, SALAD DAYS, was published by Simon & Schuster in the Spring of 1998. DEATH BY CHOCOLATE CAKES, was published by William Morrow, New York in September 2000, and was a 2001 IACP Cookbook Award Finalist. Marcel's most recent book, CELEBRATE WITH CHOCOLATE, was published by William Morrow, New York in October 2002 and was the winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, Best Chocolate Book for 2002. Foreign editions of his books have been published in France, Great Britain, Holland, Australia, Mexico, and Canada. Marcel next cookbook, DREAMING OF A CHOCOLATE CHRISTMAS, will be published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., in October of 2007.

Marcel opened The Trellis Restaurant in 1980, along with partner John Curtis. In July 1988, Marcel was inducted into the American Academy of Chefs, the honor society of the American Culinary Federation. He is past president and chairman of the board of the Virginia Chefs Association, a past member of The Board of Directors of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, and is trustee emeritus of The Board of Trustees for the Culinary Institute of America.

In 2009, after 29 years, Marcel and John Curtis sold the Trellis. Marcel then recharged his batteries and in April of 2012 he opened MAD About Chocolate, a chocolate cafe featuring his signature over-the-top chocolate desserts.

Joining him is his wife and business partner Connie. Together their goal is to serve the best chocolate goodies in a festive atmosphere.








Customer Reviews

I've always made good cookies, but these are incredible!
peg2
I've tried several and so far my favorites were the black gold cookies and the outrageously successful excessively somethingorother peanut butter brownies!
Ellie's Mama
The recipe called for 12 ounces of butter (yes, ounces, not tablespoons).
D. Kerr

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Sam Hershey on December 20, 1999
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This is a beautiful book. The photography is truly amazing. However, I have found a number of inconsistencies and what can only be called mistakes in the recipes themselves. For example: in the Chocolate Caramel Puffs, the recipe claims that 1/8th of a teaspoon of lemon juice will make 1/2 cup of sugar look like "wet sand." Go ahead... measure it out and try it. As this is somewhat a central part of the recipe (and affects the caramelization of the sugar) the alterations necessary to achieve the desired consistency make following the recipe a bit difficult. I have noticed similar problems with other recipes, particularly ones that call for chocolate ganaches. I recommend it with hesitation, and should only be considered by expert cooks with a LOT of equipment.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By peg2 on September 18, 2000
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Yes, you do need equipment. Yes, you do need to know what you're doing. The results are fabulous, though. The Chocolate Dalmatians instantly became my favorite chocolate chip cookie (don't even think of trying them unless you have a heavy-duty countertop mixer -- these babies will tax the best hand-held model). I've always made good cookies, but these are incredible!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Melody Brotherton on February 28, 2002
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I LOVE this book. It has become, over the years, one of my favorite dessert books. There are several recipes that I (or my girls) have made over and over and they have now become favorites. My kids' teachers drool over the cookies in their lunch boxes, and have requested them for their class parties. Some of our "tried and true" recipes include the Road Trip Cookies, Chocolate Oatmeal Roundup Cookies, Chocolate Boulders, Mrs. D's Chocolate Chip Cookies, Franny's Big Bottom Pies (which I also made ice cream sandwiches from), White Chocolate Snow Caps, and Chocolate Hazelnut Espresso Biscotti. I have had only one recipe to be a total bust, and that was the fudge. All in all, though, I feel confident that when I try a new recipe, it will work. My only caution would be in his recommendations for salt--to my taste it is a little too much and I usually cut the amount called for in half and I find it to be just right.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. K. Chef on January 7, 2005
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Such beautiful pictures, and they are great inspiration. Makes you want to spend the day in the kitchen. There it ends. I tried the white chocolate-candy cane recipe twice. It just doesn't work. We (I have a professional kitchen) added flour to make a manageable batter, but after baking could not get them off the baking sheet. More adjustments, and finally succeeded in making a cookie that no one liked. We also tried the two layer desert with brownie bottom. Expensive mess. The beautiful photographs are worthy of framing or put the whole book on your coffee table.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By D. Kerr on December 1, 2004
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I have read the previous reviews and I am puzzled. I do not like this book at all. I have never written a review before but this book drove me to it. I am an experienced baker and tried two recipes following the instructions carefully. Both failed miserably and I am not willing to waste the butter, or more importantly, the chocolate, to try another.

My first attempt was the Paisely Brownies. The recipe called for 12 ounces of butter (yes, ounces, not tablespoons). While nervous about 3/4 of a pound of butter going into essentially a double batch of brownie batter, I forged ahead. What I got was incredible greasy brownies with a gummy raspberry topping. I figured the butter amount must have been a typo so I tried again with 12 TABLESPOONS of butter and while the brownies were less greasy, they were still mushy in the middle with a gummy raspberry topping. Next I tried the Topsy Turvys (didn't even get around to making the sorbet or the pineapple topping). Each attempt to mold the baked cookie into bowl shapes yielded greasy messes on my counter. Perhaps I got the two dogs out of the whole bunch but as I have said before, I'm not willing to waste any more butter, chocolate, parchment paper, etc. on any of his recipes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Moore on February 14, 2001
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I purchased this title 3 years ago, and have made several of the recipes. I found that in each recipe Marcel included useful tips for streamlining construction, as well as for storage and selection of utensils. While I am not an accomplished chef, I can say that I have had a lot of success (based on feedback) in getting people to delight in the results of my labor. The person who wrote about inconsistencies in a few of the recipies refered to recipes I have not tried. I was surprised to read that criticism, because all the recipes I tried came out wonderful (if not looking exactly like the pictures in the book!) I would highly recommend this book. An easy recipe that is always a winner is for the Black Gold cookies.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ingrid on October 11, 2003
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I've had great success with the "Chocolate Crack Ups" and the Bengal cookies BUT have been stymied by the "Chocolate Caramel Puffs". Such an alluring recipe but the puff dough recipe is either way off (typo in the book?) or the instructions are incomplete. It turns out as a thin batter which couldn't possibly be spooned onto a cookie sheet in twelve level tablespoons without immediately creating one level lake of batter (not "dough" as it's described) on said cookie sheet. I've looked up "choux pastry" in another book and it shows a photograph of a shiny dough which holds its shape and the ingredients had proportionately less liquid. So disappointing!! I'll keep trying but what a waste of good butter and eggs! Still, I think this book is certainly worthwhile. I just wish I could find a corrections and ammendments page on the web for it.
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