Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Review: Chocolate: A Love Story by Max Brenner

With gigantic vats of churning chocolate, desserts like their famous chocolate pizza, and 12 varieties of hot chocolate served in custom mugs, Max Brenner, Chocolate by the Bald Man has turned their line of hip, colorful themed restaurants into an international sensation..

Chocolate: A Love Story is a vibrant new cookbook that includes 65 original recipes narrated in the quirky, captivating voice of Max Brenner, the restaurant's visionary founder and "bald man." Bold original illustrations inspired by Art Deco poster graphics, full-color photographs, easy-to-follow, delicious recipes, and a serving of Max's unique vision for spreading "chocolate culture" around the world make this book a must for every chocolate lover.

Received from the publisher for review.

The book boasted lots of yummy sounding recipes that were made with quality, often exotic ingredients. The recipes are not for the faint of heart though, as some can be quite complex.

This one gets three stars. Had the recipes been a bit less exotic it would have been four stars. The book was over sized, but not unwieldy. The pages were a beautiful, thick paper, as decadent as the recipes they host. The retro feel of the text and artwork were in interesting departure from the usual cookbook. This would certainly make a lovely gift for a chocolate loving, experienced cook.

★★☆☆ = Liked It


Amy said...

Not long ago, Max Brenner's chocolate store and restaurant opened in Union Square in Manhattan, NY. It's a wonderful, delicious place (although a bit expensive). That was the first I heard of Max Brenner. Too bad the recipes are a little difficult. But it would be fun to be able to make a really good chocolate dessert from the book. I'll look through it first, see how it is.
Thanks for your great review!
~ Amy

Lisa said...

I've had a love affair with chocolate for years; think I need to pick this one up!

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