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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470398841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470398845
  • Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 4.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Becoming a successful chocolatier requires artistry, talent, and a range of well-honed pastry and confectionery skills. This book, from renowned chocolatier and pastry chef Ewald Notter, teaches those skills in a stunningly illustrated full-color format and provides a complete education in chocolate work—from basic chocolate making to advanced showpiece construction.

Notter begins with an in-depth overview of chocolate, including all of the skills required for producing truffles, slabbed pralines, and other simple candies. He then presents the essential concepts and vital techniques for creating gorgeous large-scale chocolate showpieces that engage the imagination and delight the senses. The book includes detailed descriptions, clear and well-illustrated instructions, step-by-step explanations of techniques, and expert advice on these and other topics:

The Basics of Chocolate and Other Ingredients A history of chocolate, its harvesting and production, couverture, and other confectionery ingredients such as nuts, spices, sugars, and liquors.

Essential Equipment

All the tools of the trade, including appliances, hand tools, molds, frames, and other candy tools.

Chocolate Composition and Basic Techniques Including tempering, dipping, sugar boiling, and caramelizing nuts.

Simple and Advanced Methods and Recipes Including gianduja, marzipan, ganache, and a broad range of chocolate pralines.

Decorating Techniques Using transfer sheets, airbrushing, and casting, filling, capping, and finishing molded candies.

Chocolate Showpiece Creation Including bases and tubes, décor, modeling, painting, piping, creating flowers, and assembly of three-dimensional figures.

The Art of the Chocolatier is the only book on the market that covers the full spectrum of chocolate work, from fundamental concepts to beautiful final products. For pastry students, working professionals, and serious home confectioners who want to improve their skills with chocolate, this is the ultimate guide to the chocolatier's art.

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"Ewald Notter is a master of chocolate work and this book is a clear, complete guide to the art of the chocolatier. His passion, artistry, and creativity shine through in his work, which is an inspiration for pastry chefs. His clear and precise instructions make even advanced techniques easy to understand." —Jacques Torres, Meilleur Ouvrier de France Owner and Founder, Jacques Torres Chocolate

"When I first got into the world of chocolate and sugar, the name Ewald Notter was synonymous with the best in the world. Twenty-six years later that still hasn't changed. Ewald is blessed with an artistic vision and attention to detail that place him in an elite category of professionals, and his ability to convey those skills to others is the icing on the cake." —Michael Schneider, Founder and Creator of the National and World Pastry Team Championships

"A fantastic book—every chef and aspiring chef should have a copy and keep it close. Thank you, Ewald, for generously sharing your knowledge, perfection, and artistic talent!" —Roland Mesnier, Former White House Pastry Chef


More About the Author

Considered to be a leading expert in and renowned master of modern day confectionery arts, Chef Ewald Notter is also known well known as a competitor and teacher. He has won numerous awards, including National and World Pastry Team Champion and Pastry Chef of the Year. In 2001, he won the gold medal with the US Team at the Coupe du Monde in Lyon, France, receiving the highest score ever recorded in sugarwork: 699 out of 700 points, helping the United States Team achieve its very first Gold Medal. In 2003, Ewald was honored from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences with the 5 Star Diamond award as "One of the Finest Confectionery Chefs of the World." He was also the first pastry professional inducted into the Pastry Art and Design Hall of Fame. Ewald continues to teach and coach internationally, all while publishing highly respected books on his craft. He is also the founder and owner of the Notter School of Pastry Arts in Orlando, Florida- a fabulous destination for both professional and aspiring pastry chefs from around the globe. The school is recognized as one of the world's most prestigious pastry schools, with teaching methods based on the artist-apprentice model practiced in Europe for many centuries.

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The book itself is beautiful - very nice pictures and layout.
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Ewald Notter's new book on chocolate is going to find itself as the premiere book in a growing class of works on chocolate instruction.
Dan K. McCoy
If you really want to learn the art of chocolate, this is your book.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Reader from New England on November 17, 2011
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I rank this excellent book as equal but different from Greweling's splendid tome on "Chocolate and Confections". The two complement each other very well. The Classic Confections component of this book has many great recipes for truffles, dipped and molded chocolates, with a great deal of special attention given to decoration by using many colored cocoa butter techniques. After learning the basics from Greweling and Schotts (whose splendid little book on "Making Artisan Chocolates" is a necessary addition to any aspiring chocolatier's collection) I was keen on learning more about the magic of coloring chocolates.
While the Greweling book is more focused on the science and theory, this one adds greatly to one's repertoire by broadening the range of flavors and decoration experimentation.
I found the showpiece component interesting, and imagine it would be a fantastic primer for someone interested in entering chocolate competitions.
The text is clear, well organized with superb pictures.
The three books mentioned above are totally sufficient as a good chocolate library. I found the Recchiutti "Chocolate Obsession" and Pierre Herme books to be far less useful.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By seedless grape on March 31, 2011
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This is a beautiful book that provides lots of inspiration. The recipes go from basic to complicated, starting with simple chocolates formed in molds, progressing to truffles, then culminating in show-stopping architectural creations that look less like chocolate and more like small-scale sculptures. There are lots of pictures and fairly detailed instructions for each project.

I can only give 4 stars, though, because I found the book oddly lacking in the information that would be useful for beginners who are just starting to make their own chocolates. The book lists and explains all the tools that a chocolatier uses, for example, but I would have appreciated some information identifying the "starter" tools that a beginner really needs to have. (E.g.: You DO need candy molds. You DON'T need a guitar cutter. You DO need a spatula. You DON'T need a marble slab.) The book also provides very little information about the fundamental ingredient, chocolate (or more specifically, couverture). There is a paragraph explaining what couverture is, and telling you to use it, but there is precious little information about how different formulations and different percentages/ratios of cocoa butter and cocoa solids affect the finished product. With well over 700,000 Google hits for the word "couverture," moreover, a list of recommended suppliers or brands would have been useful.

I've enjoyed the book and have started making my own chocolates, which have turned out pretty well, but just a couple more pages in the first two chapters (before the book dives into the recipes) would have been very useful.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jane Smith on February 12, 2011
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The Art of the Chocolatier by Ewald Notter, $65.00, Hardcover (Wiley)

First and foremost, this book is absolute gorgeous. The cover is elegant and simple. This is perfect for any coffee table. The page quality is amazing and the photography is topnotch. It is obvious that the publishers skimped on nothing when it came down to producing.

The book is divided into numerous parts
-Information regarding the basics of chocolate and ingredients used in the process of chocolate making.
-Essential Equipment needed to start your chocolate making journey.
-Basic techniques
-And then we move on to the recipes and instructions for producing your own pieces, from simple ganache to chocolate flowers and assembling three-dimensional figures.

As for the reading, it is fairly easy to follow. If you happen to jump straight in, you may run into terms that the average reader wouldn't be aware of. Lucky for us lameO's, the information in the beginning of the book starts from scratch. There are airbrushing techniques, and decorating techniques that are scary, to say the least. But the layout of the instructions is so easy to follow. Plus there are numerous photos for almost every recipe that help anyone make these.

And last but not least, lets be sure to give credit where credit is due: Joe Brooks and Luc Schaeffer did a fantastic job with the photography for this book. You don't go even one page without another gorgeous photo. It probably helps that Notter's creations are so visually appealing to start with.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By misstukwila on January 27, 2012
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This book is really all you need if you love to work with chocolate. A simple guide to putting these wonderful chocolates together. This is a must for a chocolate lover and for working with chocolates.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mitch@OZ on July 25, 2011
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Bought this for my wife, who's a Pastry Chef and she hasn't stopped raving about the book. She thinks there's so much in it for everyone from professional to the uninitiated in Pastry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By norma on July 11, 2012
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Once again Chef. Notter did a exceptional work , pictures and recipes are easy to follow. Information is very interesting and right ti the point. I try the receives and my final product was just like the one in the book, great ideas!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sjw on April 16, 2011
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Ewald Notter is a master chocolaiter & outstanding teacher. Both areas of expertise are evident in this book. Careful & thorough instruction, beau tiful & creative ideas, and years of experience are in this book. One of the best, if not the best book in this genre I have seen. Expect a lot of Swiss influenced pralines, but that's a good thing.
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