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.