Chocolate Holidays: Unforgettable Desserts for Every Season

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Dramatic, seductive, playful, infinite in its variety, otherworldly in its taste: It's chocolate, and here's all the impetus you need to indulge your passion for it every day of the year. The beloved Alice Medrich, renowned for impeccable recipes that produce stellar results, has written Chocolate Holidays especially for people who love to bake but don't have enough hours in the day. Without compromising on flavor, texture, or ingredients, she pares down the preparation steps, teaches us resraint, and comes up ...
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Overview


Dramatic, seductive, playful, infinite in its variety, otherworldly in its taste: It's chocolate, and here's all the impetus you need to indulge your passion for it every day of the year. The beloved Alice Medrich, renowned for impeccable recipes that produce stellar results, has written Chocolate Holidays especially for people who love to bake but don't have enough hours in the day. Without compromising on flavor, texture, or ingredients, she pares down the preparation steps, teaches us resraint, and comes up with fifty amazing recipes, each a little jewel of elegance and simplicty.

An ideal year in chocolate might start with a New Year's brunch starring Chocolate Blini with Berry Caviar. Then there are Valentine's Day chocolate scones and St. Patrick's Day Irish Coffee Chocolate Mousse. And of course any "holiday" your imagination can conjure up is a perfect reason to indulge: perhaps a decadently rich hot chocolate served in demitasse portions to exorcise those end-of-February blues.

Spring might whisper chocolate Giant Krispy Easter Treats or a Passover Chocolate Nut Sponge Torte, or white chocolate-glazed Apricot Orange Cupcakes for a wedding shower. Summer suggests fruit and ice cream desserts such as the Independence Day red, white, and blue sundaes, followed by autumn's pies and tarts laden with chocolate and nuts. And no matter what you've been putting on the table for Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays past, it will be out-chocolated by Alice's Chocolate Cranberry Pudding and her Chocolate Hazelnut Roulade—both unequivocally year-end musts.

In Chocolate Holidays, Medrich unlocks the secrets of our favorite sweet, offering chocolate desserts for every season, for every reason.

First published in hardcover as A Year in Chocolate (Warner Books, 2001)

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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
Medrich says that eating chocolate is a celebration all its own, and all these recipes speak for themselves with an elegant simplicity. Fifty different recipes have been organized into sections based on the season, featuring chocolate in many different forms. Almost every recipe is accompanied by a color photo to provide inspiration. Some of the recipes: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake; Chocolate Cranberry Bread Pudding; Chocolate Pecan Pie; Chocolate Dipped Caramel Apples; Chocolate Banana Blintzes; Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles; Chocolate Blini with Berry Caviar; and Chocolate Banana Waffles. Medrich has won both Cookbook of the Year and Book of the Year from the James Beard Foundation. KLIATT Codes: JSA--Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2001, Artisan, 132p. illus. index., Ages 12 to adult.
—Shirley Reis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579652906
  • Publisher: Artisan
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 852,293
  • Product dimensions: 8.68 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Alice Medrich is truly a star in the baking world, having won more cookbook-of-the-year awards and best in the dessert and baking category awards than any other author. She received her formal training at the prestigious Êcole Lenôtre in France, and is widely credited with introducing the chocolate truffle to the United States when she began making and selling them at her influential Berkeley dessert shop, Cocolat. She has since left the retail world, devoting much of her career to teaching and sharing her expansive knowledge about baking.

She is the author of Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts, Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies, Pure Dessert, and Chocolate Holidays. Her newest book, Seriously Bitter Sweet, is a complete revision of her 2003 IACP-prize-winning Bittersweet.

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Table of Contents


Contents

Recipe List (x)
Introduction (xii)
Details Make a Difference (xiv)
Fall (1)
Winter (27)
Spring (61)
Summer (85)
Dressing up Desserts (108)
Tempering Chocolate (112)
Ingredients (114)
Chocolate and Cocoa for Baking and Dessert Making (116)
Equipment (120)
Resources (124)
Index (125)

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