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Choclatique: 150 Simply Elegant Desserts - Cookbook Review

Delicious Chocolate Recipes from around the World

By Ed Engoron and Mary Goodbody

(Running Press, 2011)

Explore Ed Engoron's Choclatique cookbook, which features over 100 chocolate recipes from around the world

Passion will take you places; in Ed Engoron's case, 130 places. Engoron's oeuvre, Choclatique: 150 Simply Elegant Desserts, reads as both a cookbook and a travel journal. Engoron, award-winning chocolatier and co-founder of the Choclatique company, ventures to 130 countries and brings back a wealth of knowledge about one glorious substance: chocolate. His unique stories about his adventures abroad are nicely woven throughout the book, which includes more than 170 recipes that all have one thing in common — chocolate ganache. Every recipe relies on the idea that ganache can be a simple, easy-to-make, foolproof basis for all kinds of chocolaty desserts, from Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies to White-On-Black Chocolate Crème Brulée to Bittersweet Chocolate Tart. In addition to the more conventional recipes, the Show-Stopping Chocolate Pasta, Chocolate Salami and Chocolate Dumplings reveal the kind of obsession Engoron has with his subject.

Chocoholics with restricted diets will appreciate the vegan (Chocolate Granola), gluten-free (Orgasmic Chocolate Soup) and dairy-free (Chocolate Chunkaholic Cookies) recipes. As a bonus, some pages in the high-tech cookbook have QR codes embedded, enabling readers with Smartphones to watch video demonstrations of the chef's techniques including tempering eggs and decorating cupcakes.

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