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Chocolate cookbook

Anyone know a great chocolate cookbook. I'm looking for something that would have high quality recipies for truffles, mousse, souffle, cakes and pies, etc. Thanks.

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  1. Weird. No more than 20 minutes ago, I purchased this book for my friend Ilana:


    We must be having a chocolate mind-meld.

    1. Maida Heatter's Book of Great Chocolate Desserts. A favorite, ecently reprinted after being out of print for a while. I am not sure if the new edition has been redesigned- mine has simple illustrations, but the recipes have been fabulous.

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      1. re: Leslie

        I like that one too. Also, Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Herme for fancier things.

      2. Marcel Desaliner's Death By Chocolate, also his Desserts to Die For are both good. I often turn to The Joy of Chocolate too

        1. I use Bittersweet by Alice Medrich a lot -- great recipes and easy to follow.

          1. I second Bittersweet. Excellant truffle and brownie recipes. As well as everything else. I lost my copy and I have been pining for it ever since.

            1. Also take a look at Rose Levy Beranbaum's translation of A Passion for Chocolate by the Bernachon brothers.

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              1. re: JoanN

                I have that and have never made anything out of it. Any suggestions?

                1. re: Candy

                  I've made the chocolate truffles with the hazelnut/rum ganache (outstanding!), the brownies (nothing unusual in the ingredients or the technique, but they're the best ever IMHO), the chocolate pound cake with the syrup/Kahlua option, the gateau Saint-Honore with the caramel (not at all difficult and a real wowzer), and the profiteroles filled with ice cream instead of pastry cream.

                  There are so many others I'd like to try, but most are not recipes you toss together the morning of a party. And, truth to tell, very few things in the kitchen intimidate me but puff pastry does. One of these days I'll have to get over it just to try the petit pain au chocolat.

              2. The Great Book of Chocolate by David Lebovitz- surely it was a 'hound who recommended this to me? It is great, compact and very thorough!

                1. I just was looking over my chocolate and dessert books and would like to suggest Lora Brody's Growing Up On a Chocolate Diet. The famous Trianon recipe is in there. It is heaven.