Since school has started Gavin is in love. He's in love with the printed word. He's in love with letters. He's in love with his own name and we are finding his name carefully printed on objects all over our home. It's fun to see him fall in love with language and learning.
Speaking of love stories...
Among other things, I'm in love with chocolate.
Yesterday my UPS man delivered a little package. He might as well have packaged up the inside of Socrates, because when I opened it up I could all but smell my favorite college coffee house hang out. What actually was inside? Chocolate: A Love Story - 65 Chocolate Dessert Recipes from Max Brenner's Private Collection compiled by Max Brenner and illustrated with the unique artwork of Yonatan Factor. Delicious!
The book isn't just a collection of Death by Chocolate plates, rather it's filled with recipes that feature just enough chocolate to add that most amazing chocolate taste.
The recipes are defined by their "flavors" and given names such as: Well Disciplined, Modest, Dependable, Politically Correct, Soap Opera, Tacky, Overwhelming, Handsome, Nostalgic, Painful, Enticing, One & Only, and more. I decided my first trial recipe would need to be something with a "List Maker's flavor."
I found it on page 28,
The Control Freak Chocolate Spread
Sweetened Condensed Milk,
and Slivered Almonds...
...Chocolate Loving Control Freak heaven!
Wanting to also find a Cozy Option to try in our chilly fall home I set my taste buds on page 57,
A Therapeutic Chocolate Pot Pie
If they were all made up I'd send a slice of Mon Cheri Chocolate Cherry Pie to Mom, Lost Childhood Chocolate Birthday Cake to Annie, Well-Disciplined Lady Fingers to Anne Hope, and The American Dream pancakes to Kevin. But, there is something for everyone with a sweet tooth. Chocolate in Carrot Cake, Banana Muffins, Mousse, Pie, Drinks, Donuts, Truffles, and Tortes.
Each recipe is accompanied by a yummy piece of Yonatan's artwork comprised of bright colors and strong text.
This book would be a tasty addition to your cookbook shelf or a coffee table conversation piece.
Chocolate: A Love Story is now available to purchase. Thanks to Hatchette Book Club for sending me a free copy of the book for my review. As a lover of chocolate, this book was easy for me to love.