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I'm Dreaming of a Chocolate Christmas Hardcover – October 22, 2007

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No one knows chocolate like Marcel Desaulniers, whose bestselling, James Beard Award–winning Death by Chocolate and IACP Award–winning Desserts to Die For have made his name synonymous with luscious chocolate desserts. Now, with I'm Dreaming of a Chocolate Christmas, Desaulniers has created the ultimate holiday baking book for chocolate lovers everywhere. The chocolate treats and desserts you'll find inside are guaranteed to draw oohs and ahhs from your family and friends, and many are also straightforward to make—which means you'll have time to enjoy Christmas, too!

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.

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Christmas + Chocolate = Heaven!

"Oh! You Better Watch Out, or you'll find yourself as frantic as Santa's elf on December 23, baking complicated desserts for friends and family for the holidays. Instead, you can use the recipes in this book—they are simple and straightforward, but still loaded with 'Wow!' Honestly.

"I'm Telling You Why: you want to have your cake and Christmas, too. And you want to have time to enjoy the holidays without hindering your love of baking. After all, Santa Claus is coming."
—From I'm Dreaming of a Chocolate Christmas

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (September 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764599003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764599002
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #964,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Didn't think Marcel could top his last book, but I was wrong! Recipes run the gamut from easy to challenging with his usual well detailed and well written instructions. Love the comments in the chef's touch also. My only problem with the book is trying to decide which one to start with!! Excellent, and beautiful, book that will make a great Holiday gift.
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If you're a chocophile this is the book for you! Especially if you actually like to bake the concoctions that delight your eyes. (WOW to Ron Manville's great photography.) These recipes are definitely doable with fantastic results. My personal favorites are matante minnie's chocolate peanut butter blossoms and the chocolate cashew diamonds....they actually came out looking like the picture!!!!
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
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This is a beautiful book. It has fantastic receipes, photo's and ideas that not only can be used at Christmas but all throughout the year. It is well thought out. It is well illustrated with simplicity that anyone can understand. This is a perfect book for yourself or as a very special gift. I love this book. This is a must have.
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Review by "Retired Geek's Wife": Having been to the Trellis Restaurant in Williamsburg, VA, I was familiar with Chef Marcel's amazing chocolate concoctions. His other cookbooks are much more complex recipes than I'm interested in making, so I was very excited to discover "I'm Dreaming of a Chocolate Christmas" because the recipes are a bit simpler and certainly not just for Christmas. The recipes are extraordinary, but not beyond the time and talent constraints of us mere mortals. If you are wanting to stretch your talents, this is the cookbook to try. The directions and extra help provided in the "Chef Tips" are excellent, providing the details needed to create a memorable dessert for any special occasion. Be warned though, these are still more complex recipes than the norm, so allow enough time, especially for the prep work. When I made the Chocolate Chunk Celebrations, I spent 1 1/2 hours prep before I started actually cooking. Worth every minute...one of the best desserts I've ever had and rave reviews from all that tried them!
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It's a really great cookbook. Unlike a few of the other ones I own by the same author, this one has a lot of uncomplicated recipes that can be made by the "common person"... It's easy to understand. I know that I will be making MANY of the recipes in this book.
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I agree that the book's numerous color photos are beautifully staged. And many of the desserts are seasonless, to be enjoyed throughout the year.

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.
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I own a lot of cookbooks and this one was perfect for making things to bring to different family members houses during the holidays! So far every thing I've made and brought has been a winner!
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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 chocolate-peanut butter truffle. Since I had the cookie assignment for the family holiday dinner, I brought some of these, along with 5 other types of cookies. When someone asked what to try first, i said this one's a new recipe, so you might try something you haven't had before. Wow - the reaction was overwhelmingly positive. When I offered to pack some cookies for someone who was leaving early, the call from the kitchen was, Not those chocolate-peanut butter cookies - they're mine!! So I think they were a hit.

One note on this recipe: I found myself with some chocolate dough left after using up all of the filling. I went ahead and rolled the rest of the dough without the filling, baked those cookies, and found them almost as wonderful as the filled cookies. Just a thought, if you're pressed for time and don't want to fuss with the filling - don't, then, and you'll be fine.

I have several, probably all, of Mr. D's books, and this one is on a par with the rest of them. Fabulous recipes, very clearly-written instructions, incredible results. When I need to bring a treat somewhere, and I don't have time to fool around and screw up a few times, his are my go-to recipes.

My only quibble with this book, and it's a small one, is the claim that there's only one involved recipe in the book. I think they're all pretty involved, as I don't usually bother with anything that calls for more effort than throwing a bunch of things in a mixer bowl and slapping the mixture into the oven.
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