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Chocolate Holidays: Unforgettable Desserts for Every Season Paperback – October 1, 2005

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The beloved Alice Medrich, renowned for the impeccably written and tested recipes that have three times earned her Cookbook of the Year honors—most recently from the IACP for BitterSweet—offers fifty stellar, amazing-tasting chocolate desserts, each a little jewel of elegance and simplicity. Chocolate Holidays unlocks the secrets of our favorite sweet.

Turning her attention to the year’s most special occasions—New Year’s Day, Valentine’s Day, birthdays and anniversaries, Hanukkah and Christmas, and every day in between—Medrich has created dozens of memorable desserts that will help to make the traditions and memories of your celebrations all the more unforgettable.

Whether your holiday festivities are large or small, whether you tend to the homey or the glitzy, you’ll find everything you need in this boutique collection. This revised edition of the previously published A Year in Chocolate includes an extended section on ingredients, equipment, and decorative touches and detailed notes on how to customize the recipes to use the chocolate of your choice.

First published in hardcover as A Year in Chocolate (Warner Books, 2001) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Dramatic, seductive, playful, infinite in its variety, otherworldly in its taste: It's chocolate, and here's all the impetus you need to indulge your passion for it every day of the year. The beloved Alice Medrich, renowned for impeccable recipes that produce stellar results, has written Chocolate Holidays especially for people who love to bake but don't have enough hours in the day. Without compromising on flavor, texture, or ingredients, she pares down the preparation steps, teaches us restraint, and comes up with fifty amazing recipes, each a little jewel of elegance and simplicity.
An ideal year in chocolate might start with a New Year's brunch starring Chocolate Blini with Berry Caviar. Then there are Valentine's Day chocolate scones and St. Patrick's Day Irish Coffee Chocolate Mousse. And of course any "holiday" your imagination can conjure up is a perfect reason to indulge: perhaps a decadently rich hot chocolate served in demitasse portions to exorcise those end-of-February blues.
Spring might whisper chocolate Giant Krispy Easter Treats or a Passover Chocolate Nut Sponge Torte, or white chocolate-glazed Apricot Orange Cupcakes for a wedding shower. Summer suggests fruit and ice cream desserts such as the Independence Day red, white, and blue sundaes, followed by autumn's pies and tarts laden with chocolate and nuts. And no matter what you've been putting on the table for Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays past, it will be out-chocolated by Alice's Chocolate Cranberry Pudding and her Chocolate Hazelnut Roulade--both unequivocally year-end musts.
In Chocolate Holidays, Medrich unlocks the secrets of our favorite sweet, offering chocolate desserts for every season, for every reason.
First published in hardcover as "A Year in Chocolate" (Warner Books, 2001)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan; Revised of the previously published A Year in Chocolate edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579652905
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579652906
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,101,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you love Alice (as I do) you'll have probably have a hard forgiving her for this one. Although the title is "Chocolate Holidays : Unforgettable Desserts for Every Season" this book (as mentioned in the Editorial Reviews above) is actually "A Year in Chocolate : Four Seasons of Unforgettable Desserts" in paperback form (the printing info states, "This book first appeared in hardcover as A Year in Chocolate : Four Seasons of Unforgettable Desserts"). If Alice was going to bless her fans with a reprint surely "Cocolat" would be the steller choice (esp. since it's been going for $100+ for very good copies on auction sites and third party reselling) but instead we're given a retitled book that (see reviews) isn't her signature work.

I have both "Chocolate Holidays" and "A Year in Chocolate" and the main difference is that Alice dropped her editor and managing editor from the Acknowledgements :-) The number of pages hasn't changed (a good thing for the editor: the references still work :-) The "new" book claims to have "an extended section on ingredients, equipment, and decorative touches and detailed notes on how to customize the recipes to use the chocolate of your choice"... hmmm, let's see. Hey! "microplane" is now spelled "Microplane"! And the listings for Pastry Tips and Pastry Brushes have been flipped! Pastry Brushes goes first now!!

The only added feature (the aforementioned "detailed notes on how to customize the recipes to use the chocolate of your choice") is the "Chocolate Note" that appears on some (not all) of the recipies.
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I have only made one cake so far - the Chocolate Peanutbutter one that is on the cover - but oh, it was amazing! I made it for my 2year old's birthday (he has sophisticated tastes) and all party goers loved it. I love Meidrich's recipes because her desserts are rich and decadent but not overly sweet. She's amazing!
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This cookbook is a fun, neat cookbook - especially for those looking for recipes to bake for Jewish holidays. However, this book is certainly not for the amateur baker. Even if you are a chocoholic, like me, don't buy this book as your first cookbook.
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By Lorn on December 12, 2009
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I have yet to make all of the recipes in this book, but the ones I have tried have been excellent. The detailed instructions make it almost impossible to mess up, and you end up with beautiful and delicious desserts. I bake a lot, but the recipe for chocolate cake in this book made the best cake that I've ever made (or eaten). The recipes can be a little time consuming, but they are worth the effort.
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I love all of Alice's books, but I didn't pick up A YEAR IN CHOCOLATE while it was in hardcover. Now, instead of paying for a second-hand book, I was able to get CHOCOLATE HOLIDAYS, which is truly gorgeous. And, for a chocolate lover, how great to have such fun ideas for each holiday!

This is a great book at a great price, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for holiday ideas or just anyone who loves chocolate.
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