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Celebrate with Chocolate: Totally Over-the-Top Recipes
Published: October 22, 2002
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Don't let the relatively diminutive size of Marcel Desaulniers's Celebrate with Chocolate fool you. In this age of coffee-table cookbooks, the 45 recipes and 16 pages of color photographs in this book might lull you into thinking that these
desserts are simple. But look carefully at the cover and see the important subtitle, Totally Over-the-Top Recipes.
The almost 20 pages of clear, easy-to-follow information on equipment, ingredients, and techniques give the confidence needed to
tackle projects like the five-page Dancing Gingerbread Men Peppermint Fudge Cake: super-spicy, mildly chocolaty, moist sponge cake layers are separated by voluminous white chocolate mousse mixed with mini chocolate chips and crushed peppermint candy, and
then enveloped with a smooth chocolate glaze and topped with dancing gingerbread men. Not exactly child's play. For those not easily intimidated, Desaulniers has a seriously decadent recipe for Granny's Chocolate-and-Walnut-Covered Coffee-Cocoa
Marshmallow Squares. When you finally unstick your kitchen, the dense, richly flavored, chewy marshmallow bites will elicit groans of pleasure.
There are also a few less complicated concoctions such as Bob's Big-Ass Chocolate Brown Sugar and
Bourbon Birthday Cake, Double Chocolate Pecan Tart, and the surprisingly easy Cocoa Berry Yogurt Mousse, which comes together in just a few minutes. For the most part, the cakes, cookies, frozen desserts, mousses, candies, and other chocolate treats in
Celebrate with Chocolate are not for the faint of heart or the kitchen novice, but if you're seriously into chocolate, and are up for the challenge, let Desaulniers be your guide. --Leora Y. Bloom
From Publishers Weekly
There are two kinds of
chocolate obsessives: purists, who like their chocolate unadulterated, more black than brown, more bitter than sweet, and would inject it if they could; and decadents, whose jaded palates can be tempted only by chocolate follies of increasing complexity
and sophistication. Desaulniers (Death by Chocolate; Death by Chocolate Cakes; and Desserts to Die For) has emerged from the morbid fascination of his previous books with his obsession intact, taking chocolate machismo to... read more
He's the champion of chocolate. The king of cocoa. The guru of ganache. He's Marcel Desaulniers, award-winning cookbook author and chef-owner of Williamsburg, Virginia's renowned restaurant, The Trellis. And he's back with a whole
new collection of festive recipes that turn any day into a holiday in Celebrate With Chocolate.
Whether you want a romantic cake for two, a "Big-Ass" cake for twenty, cookies, pies, or anything in between, Marcel will show you the way. In
Celebrate With Chocolate, he takes you to the outer limits of the chocolate universe, with over-the-top combinations that are surprisingly simple to make.
Want something that towers over ordinary chocolate deserts? Try Marcel's "She Ain't Heavy"
Chocolate Cake, which stacks three layers of extravagantly light, cocoa-saturated cake, all coated with a smooth cocoa icing. Or for a lunchtime favorite turned sweet treat that satisfies any child from 3 to 103, just pour a glass of milk and check out
the Chocolate Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies. Whatever you make, with Marcel's guidance, this book will keep your ever-growing fan club happy.
No holiday is required to Celebrate With Chocolate with Marcel Desaulniers. Just have a true
love of chocolate. Don't we all?
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