Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
I'm Dreaming of a Chocolate Christmas Paperback – October 9, 2012
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
From the Inside Flap
If you've ever dreamed of an all-chocolate Christmas, this book can make your dream come true. Desaulniers gives you seventy-two seductive recipes for every holiday occasion—delectable gifts, tempting treat platters, dreamy breakfast nibbles, and, of course, lots of decadent desserts. Delight your faraway friends and family with treatsthat are perfect for shipping—nearly twenty inall, including Chocolate Fruitycakes, Chocolate Gingerbread Snowflakes, and Chocolate ButtonsUp ButterShots Bundt Cake. Put a smile on thekids' faces with tasty bites like Cranberry Choco-late Chip Oatmeal Cookies, Christmas Breakfast Chocolate Sour Cream Crumb Cake, and Choco-late Drop Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches. And indulge the grown-ups with sinful desserts such as Chocolate Mint Bourbon Crème Brûlée, White Chocolate Banana Walnut Christmas Log, and Chocolate Hazelnut Elagantes.
Desaulniers and his elves tested all of the recipes in a home kitchen using ordinary equipment and supermarket ingredients to make sure that each one is foolproof. So whether you've been naughty or nice, you can tackle any of these recipes with confidence. Many are easy to prepare, and all are beautiful to behold and oh-so-delicious to eat. To make sure each sweet treat comes out just so, Desaulniers also provides "Chef's Touch" notes that detail techniques, variations, storage tips, and serving suggestions. With forty-eight enticing full-color photos, advice on equipment, and a chapter on packing and shipping holiday treats, I'm Dreaming of a Chocolate Christmas is sure to become an indispensable holiday companion. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
Christmas + Chocolate = Heaven!
No one knows chocolate like James Beard Awardwinning author Marcel Desaulniers, a name synonymous with luscious chocolate desserts. In I'm Dreaming of a Chocolate Christmas, he presents the perfect Christmas cookbook for chocolate lovers. Inside, you'll find 72 seductive recipes for every holiday occasiondelectable gifts, tempting treat platters, dreamy breakfast nibbles, and, of course, lots of decadent desserts. Delight faraway friends and family with shippable treats like Chocolate Gingerbread Snowflakes. Put a smile on the kids' faces with fun desserts like Chocolate Drop Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches. Indulge grown-up desires with sinful delights like Chocolate Mint Bourbon Creme Brulee. There's something here for anyone who loves chocolate.
Every recipe here has been perfected for ordinary home kitchens and everyday ingredients, so whether you've been naughty or nice you can tackle any of these recipes with confidence. Full of sweets that are easy to prepare, beautiful to behold, and oh-so-delicious to eat, I'm Dreaming of a Chocolate Christmas is the indispensable holiday cookbook for chocoholics.
More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
This is also a great "guy" gift! I've heard from many guys who have purchased the book at my shop and have been proud of the recipes they've reproduced through it.
Marcel's "chef's touch" is a welcome feature
....this book should top your list for holiday giving!
Treat yourself and the sweetie's on your list.
From my shop to yours....GiGi at GiGi's Global Specialty
However, the recipes in this book are more complicated than some other reviewers would have you believe, with multiple steps for most of the recipes (not including cookies). And although the book jacket promises that the recipes require only "ordinary equipment and supermarket ingredients," I have to disagree. The dessert pictured on the cover, for example, requires six new pieces of PVC pipes - now, who considers PVC pipes to be ordinary cooking equipment? Not me or my friends who bake (even the one who went to culinary school).
I found many of the tips contained in the Chef's Touch notes (included for each recipe) to be useful. The tips on storage and shipping for the recipes will be helpful as well.
I am not a fan of the author's writing style which was sometimes corny. He tried a little too hard to be funny or be low-key. For instance, in the notes for White Chocolate Kisses, the author writes "Notice the baking time is just 14 minutes, so you should avoid distractions like playing mouth music with your sweetie, and keep a close eye on your cookies as they bake." Who says "mouth music"?
I would have preferred to give the book 3.5 stars. Since that is not an option, I rounded up.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love Marcel Desaulniers' cookbooks. Own several and have made several items that have turned out wonderfully. Although they take longer, the time is worth it.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
For those who're looking to fill out their holiday baking, or who really are looking for recipes to
wow folks. Look no further than M. Desaulniers works. Read more
A perfect transaction with no hitches. Product is perfect too!Published 19 months ago by Laura Auerbach
I bought this book a few days ago, so I only had time to try one recipe before Christmas. That recipe was the Golly Polly Doodles; they're sort of a cross between a cookie and a... Read morePublished on December 25, 2012 by peg2
Many of these desserts are time consuming to make, but the results are worth it! I made the creation on the cover for a Christmas party of 30. Elegant and yummy!Published on November 19, 2012 by AFear
It is a good book in good condition as described. The book, however, does not have pictures for all recipes.Published on September 20, 2010 by VM
I was very disappointed with this book, especially with the chocolate toffee recipe. The recipe directs you to cook the ingredients to 360 degrees, I new better than to cook it... Read morePublished on December 19, 2009 by David Lillte