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Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook Hardcover – October 22, 2013
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We are forever enriched by people like the Mast Brothers, who have helped us appreciate the range of flavors possible in a single bar of chocolate.―Thomas Keller, from the Foreword
The story of Mast Brothers Chocolate is one of family and one of craft.―The New York Times
Mast Brothers Chocolate, made in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, since 2007, has been on the cutting edge of the craft-food movement since the start. Their new book . . . is filled with chocolate-focussed recipes, but it also illustrates how something as basic as a chocolate bar can become a culinary obsession.―Julia Moskin,
Hands down the most beautiful packaging.―Time
The Mast brothers have written a book of delicious simplicity, filled with recipes so evocatively photographed and so clearly written, you will cook from it.―J.M. Hirsch, The Associated Press
For chocolate fanatics, there's only one cookbook that matters this Fall: Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook by Rick and Michael Mast. . . . Other cookbooks could learn a thing or two about how luxuriously simple recipe layouts can be from this one.―Eater
"It's a beautifully constructed book overall, with signature custom paper designs showing up throughout and gorgeous photographs, which tell the story of Rick and Michael Mast's bean-to-bar craft chocolate, alongside recipes for classic American desserts."―Brooklyn Paper
"The Mast brothers are poster boys for the Brooklyn craft food movement. Their story, which they tell beautifully through a series of essays in their new cookbook, is a great American entrepreneurial one. . . ."―Food and Wine
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Top Customer Reviews
The recipes are probably not the strong part. I made the cupcakes and I agree with another reviewer--they are too tender (only 3/4 cup flour) and fall apart. The recipe also has an odd mixing order; makes way too much batter for 12 cupcakes--the cups overflowed; and the baking time is 5 minutes too short. (Of course, that's just one recipe. I'll make some others and update my review.) The directions for all of the recipes are also very brief, so if you are not an experienced baker, you could make some mistakes.
To sum up, buy this for the compelling story and artistic photos. For dependable recipes, try the unexotic but trustworthy household names such as Hershey's, Martha Stewart, and Good Housekeeping websites/cookbooks.
UPDATE: I made the "Dark and Stormy Night" cake. The batter was shockingly watery--thinner than crepe batter. (It has 2 full cups of liquids and only 1.25 cups of flour.) Is it supposed to be so watery? The minimalist instructions don't give a clue. In a panic, I added 1.5 cups MORE flour, and baked for 45 minutes (instead of 30). The cake turned out fine--firm but good. Probably one additional cup of flour would have worked better. The book is batting 0 for 2 for recipes at this point.
DO NOT BOTHER- the recipe was a disaster and the customer service is to match.
Recipe testing, man. It's a bummer. As someone who tests lots of recipes for my job, I understand that it takes a lot of time and money and effort. But seriously, there are some recipes in this book that I can tell just by looking aren't going to work out. When you write a recipe for making candy, you need to provide a temperature for the sugar syrup. You just need to. If you've made peanut brittle a thousand times you can probably get away with not using a thermometer, but for the vast majority of cooks, an accurate temperature is a good way to ensure success. Or at least promote success.
The chocolate bread is pretty delicious, but there is no way that thing will fit in a loaf pan. Maybe two loaf pans. I actually just turned my dough into a boule and baked it on a stone. This is another place where providing an internal temperature is more than a good idea. Chocolate bread is already very dark, so it's hard to tell when it's done just by look and feel. A good internal temperature would give the cook a better idea of when to pull the loaf from the oven.
The chocolate granola lacked crunch and salt. The peanut brittle was a little sticky on the teeth (probably due to the lack of corn syrup, which I know we're all supposed to revile, and I appreciate their effort to do without, but sometimes it really makes a difference) and again, not salty enough.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book with lots of variety in using chocolate. Have wanted the book for awhile and was pleased to receive it as a gift from my daughter!Published 2 months ago by Redding Reader
Like others are saying, we were really taken in by the beautiful pictures and interesting sounding recipes. But we have tried two recipes so far and they are failures. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sharon McClure
The Good: Excellent photography throughout. Stripped-down design, with ample empty space on page peripheries. The book's a pleasure to look at. Read morePublished 4 months ago by JJ
1. Buy some Varlhona chocolate and copy the cookie recipes on the back of the bag.
2. Jumble the words up a bit, change some of the numbers around. Read more
The Mast Brothers Chocolate has several sides to it. It tells a story of the brothers life coming up, goes into how they came to making chocolate, then you have the recipes. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jacob K. Thomas
I liked the recipe for cupcakes where they tell you to purchase hostess cupcakes, take the packaging off, place on a tray, and serve. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I received this as a gift and excitedly soon went to work baking. I had more failures than I could believe. The recipes seem not to have been tested. Such a waste of ingredients. Read morePublished 5 months ago by HMM
I received the Mast Brothers chocolate cookbook for a present - it's a terrible cookbook. Tried three recipes and all were failures, tried to contact Mast Bros to see if there was... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rena
This book should be pulled from the market, the Mast Bros are frauds.Published 5 months ago by LisaferRising