Chocolate: A Love Story: 65 Chocolate Dessert Recipes from Max Brenner's Private Collection

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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 ...
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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.
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Shameless self-indulgence is the name of the game in this Max Brenner chocolate romance. The world-renowned confectioner churns out his seduction in 65 irresistible chocolate dessert recipes from his private collection. Chocolate: A Love Story is stylishly illustrated by Israeli artist Yonatan Factor.
John Travolta and Kelly Preston
We've always enjoyed bringing our daughter, Ella, to Max Brenner's inNYC. We look forward to using his cookbook at home.
Paula Deen
Max Brenner's desserts are so amazing and so creative! With this delightful book, y'all can re-create the magic of his chocolate restaurants in your own home.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316056625
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 11/2/2009
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 633,389
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Max Brenner is a confectioner, businessman, and above all, a passionate lover of chocolate. He began his career as an apprentice throughout Europe, where he worked in the best kitchens alongside renowned pastry chefs. It was in Europe that his love for chocolate evolved into passion, leading him to open a small chocolate workshop in his homeland of Israel. Many years later, Max Brenner: Chocolate by the Bald Man is now a thriving international brand, committed to spreading Max's vision of Chocolate Culture to the world.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2010

    This is a great book to give as a gift.

    This book was given as a Christmas gift. The receiver was very excited about getting it. She is starting to do some baking/cooking so was interested in reading it

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  • Posted November 21, 2009

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    Calling All Chocolate Lovers!

    A chocolate lover's delight (and which of us aren't chocolate lovers?), Chocolate-A Love Story by Max Brenner is a cookbook brimming with delicious recipes of all things chocolate. If you can imagine a category of food, there's a chocolate recipe here to make it.

    The author, Max Brenner, is a world-renowned chef, specializing in chocolate confections. He opened his first chocolate shop in 1996; a traditional candy shop where he chatted with customers while mixing chocoate on the marble tabletop. This start grew into a worldwide chain of restaurants called Chocolate by The Bald Man.

    Some of the recipes include Bohemian French toast chocolate sandwiches, Control Freak chocolate spread, Politically correct Sacher torte, A therapuetic chocolate pot pie, My lost childhood chocolate birthday cake, Guilt-free fried chocolate truffles, Controversial cherry soup, Innocent meringue kisses, Well-disciplined ladyfingers and Frozen very hot margaritas.

    The book is laid out in a way to facilitate cooking. Each page has the recipe on the left page, with a graphical representation of the dish on the right page. This allows the cook to lay down the cookbook and not worry about mixing ingredients from one recipe into another on the same page, a mistake most of us have made once or twice. The ingredients are all those that are readily available, and the directions are clear and concise.

    With Christmas coming up, readers will be tempted to buy multiple copies; one for themselves and others to give as thoughtful Christmas gifts. This book is recommended to readers that love to cook, and cooks that love to read.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    More Than Just Chocolatey Yumminess

    This is a large hardcover cookbook with 65 recipes, not all of them strictly dessert recipes, but all involving chocolate in some way. And like most chef inspired cookbooks there are some recipes that you can use for every day indulgence, and some that require more effort that you might want to save for special occasions.

    I loved looking through this book and decided that before I could write a review I needed to test out a recipe. There were so many that sounded yummilicious that I had a hard time deciding. Here are some of my favorite recipes:

    * Veg-out chocolate cornflake TV wraps with lazy Brazil nuts and coconut sofa dipping sauces
    * Parisian new life chocolate dream cake sprinkled in white powder sugar point of view
    * Politically correct Sacher torte with a loyal good taste
    * My lost childhood chocolate birthday cake sprinkled with shiny colorful candy tears
    * A philosophical highly concentrated fudge brownie made of 70 percent dark chocolate thoughts
    * A high school bonfire chocolate melting heart cake with a soft marshmallow first memory hidden inside
    * Bad boy chocolate pizza with hazelnut spread, pure melted chocolate chips, and passionately roasted marshmallows

    After much debate between I decided on the Highly concentrated fudge. For me there could be no better judge of the book than this recipe.

    The brownies were relatively easy to make. It only took about 15-20 min to mix, about 30 min to bake, and the ingredients were not expensive. There were a couple of small drawbacks. First, it made a HUGE pan of brownies (13x18 pan) and second it recommended that you refrigerate the brownies overnight before eating to have them at their fudgiest best. I have to say they were better after being refrigerated, and a more chocolatey brownie you would be hard to find. I loved it, but friends who were not as much a chocoholic as I am thought they were too much. I say, just cut a smaller piece :)

    I loved reading the recipes as well as the journal like musings accompanying some of these recipes. They were at times lyrical, insightful, poetic, frank and sometimes even sad. Let me give you an example:

    "Night. Candles. Lots of warm yellow candles reflecting and shimmering in a shiny sauce poured over sweet desserts. Colorful alcohol served with incandescent straws, as on a tropical island. It is crowded. Everyone is handsome as movie stars in the dim light that flickers over their faces, hiding a magical intimacy behind twinkling eyes. A voluptuous smell whispers secrets that intoxicate the people. Peter Pan flies about among the guests. Adults revert to being children. The grand soiree of sweets releases inside us, as always, the most beautiful feelings." p. 76 from the recipe Forever young white chocolate custard perfumed with lemongrass and mixed with falling-in-love sweet wine lychees

    This is a cookbook that I enjoyed reading if that makes any sense. I loved the commentary that went along with the recipes, and took almost as much pleasure reading the recipes as I did consuming these confections. It has a nice variety of desserts, soups, drinks, shakes and so much more. I only wish that it would have contained more pictures, rather than the artwork. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is a chocoholic, or loves to cook. I think it would be a great hostess gift, or a gift to yourself. This is a book that I think I will end up keeping fo

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  • Posted November 10, 2009

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    Reviewed by www.beachbrights.blogspot.com

    Yes, Max Brenner is a Chocolate God. Mr. Brenner has amazingly crafted the diverse flavors of chocolate to create 65 decadent recipes bound in this one book. You think you know dessert pizza? Think again. Max's Bad Boy Chocolate Pizza comes complete with a chocolate-hazelnut spread and topped with chopped marshmallows. If that did not wet your appetite, how about A High School Bonfire Chocolate Melting Heart Cake that is filled with a mixture of heavy cream, marshmallows & white chocolate. My knees are getting weak just thinking about these delicious recipes. What you will not find in this book is traditional pictures of the recipes. This book is just as much about chocolate as it is about art, words and the intimate stories they tell. This book is seductive.

    One final thought, my review would not be complete without the recognition of the artwork. What grabbed my attention among these 144 pages was the illustrations by Yonatan Factor. Page after page of pop art eye candy. I have found a new favorite artist. The pages of this book will one day be framed and hanging on my wall.

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  • Posted November 5, 2009

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    Chocolate for Every Occasion

    If you have ever had the pleasure of enjoying a chocolate melting heart cake (or other famous chocolate dessert) at one of the many Max Brenner Chocolate restaurants, then this cookbook is for you. And if you have not yet experienced the sinful decadence of a Max Brenner dessert, then this cookbook is for you too!

    Chocolate: A Love Story is divided into ten recipe sections: Morning Chocolate Variations; Comforting Pastries; Chocolate Cream Cake Creations; Chocolate Pies; Concentrated Chocolate (including the recipe for the chocolate melting heart cake); Street Food and Gourmet Chocolate in Harmony; Chocolate Mousses, Custards, Creams, and More; Some Fun Chocolate Games; The Chocolate Cookie Jar; and Straightforward Chocolate Drinks. These sections encompass virtually every conceivable use of chocolate. Generally speaking, the ingredients are readily available in the supermarket and the preparation process appears straightforward. My only criticism is that the recipes do not specify the quality of chocolate to be used e.g. 70% dark chocolate, etc. I assume that for the best results the highest quality chocolate should be used, but a little more guidance would have been helpful.

    The oversize book also features artistic drawings and photography, and would make a great coffee table book. For your guests' comfort, however, I would advice keeping some high quality chocolates around or, better yet, serving a Brenner recipe, because it is impossible to peruse through Chocolate: A Love Story without craving chocolate!

    Chocolate: A Love Story would make a great addition to any baker's or chocolate lover's cookbook collection!


    Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, Hachette Book Group, (Nov 2, 2009), 144 pages
    Advance Review copy provided courtesy of the Publisher.

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  • Posted October 25, 2009

    Chocolate A Love Story

    Chocolate A Love Story is a collection of 65 chocolate dessert recipes from Max Brenner's private collection. Max Brenner, at an early age of 10, read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and decided from that point forward, he was going to find a river of chocolate.

    What I enjoyed the most about Chocolate A Love Story was Max's inclusion of himself into the various pages of this creative book. The artist, Yontan Factor, provides an interesting and unique perspective to introducing art into this clever display of mouthwatering chocolate creations. I have to admit, my first impression was one of confusion as I couldn't understand how this was a recipe book but after opening my mind, reading personally about Max and the artist, finally each recipe, I quickly fell in love with the concept of the book. I feel this would be a great gift to any chocolate lover, a chef, a novice or even as a romantic gift. This is not your run of the mill cookbooks as it's a piece of art on many levels from this chocolate genius.

    I believe by reading Max's path towards his reality of bringing his chocolate to life, one can understand the passion behind the book, the recipes and the man himself.

    "On the one hand, it is the most romantic gift; on the other hand, a commodity that is traded in the bourse. It is sold like precious jewelry that is picked carefully from a crystal glass, but also is an addictive snack in every corner kiosk. It is tasted like a fine wine and licked straight from the bowl...These diverse aspects of chocolate and of life are the inspiration for our book."

    The entire book if filled with mouth watering enticements which made me want to try nearly all of them. One thing to note, they are not all easy recipes and are involving with a variety of ingredients and a few steps but well worth it! This is a great way to either indulge yourself or someone else.

    I tried the Belgian Street Waffles and loved them! I had to buy a few extra ingredients that I don't normally have on hand but most recipes are like that unless you are already a master chef. The bonus I like about Chocolate A Love Story is that Max describes how to display your own masterpiece on the plate for the final touch.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to cook and who likes chocolate. This makes a great table book or an addition to the recipe book collection. It's a beautiful display of creativity coupled with delicious recipes.

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  • Posted October 24, 2009

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    Decadent recipes and a gorgeous book!

    "On the one hand, it is the most romantic gift; on the other hand, a commodity that is traded in the bourse. It is sold like precious jewelry that is picked carefully from a crystal glass, but also is an addictive snack in every corner kiosk. It is tasted like a fine wine and licked straight from the bowl...These diverse aspects of chocolate and of life are the inspiration for our book."
    - Chocolate A Love Story: 65 Chocolate Dessert Recipes from Max Brenner's Private Collection by Max Brenner

    This upcoming holiday season and just in time for Halloween celebrations, Max Brenner (the Bald Man) and artist Yontan Factor have come up with Chocolate A Love Story: 65 Chocolate Dessert Recipes from Max Brenner's Private Collection. Large and eye-catching, the book looks like pop art. I was dying to know what recipes Max Brenner selected for this homage to chocolate and I know you must equally curious.

    Here are just some of the creations described in the book:
    Dependable banana cupcakes, Bohemian French toast chocolate sandwiches, Intimate Hungarian crepes (they have figs), Control freak chocolate spread, Plain Jane sweet chocolate rolls, Intimate scones, Nostalgic dark chocolate cheese crumb cake, Handsome tiramisu, My very own honey pie manifest, Mon cheri cherry pie, A therapeutic chocolate pot pie, A philosophical highly concentrated fudge brownie (if you're going to make brownies - why not a Max Brenner brownie?!), Enticing sugar churros, Max and Mortiz profiteroles, Forever young white chocolate custard, A mannered white chocolate creme brulee, Banana split, Tacky double chocolate fondue, Once-upon-a-time small almond cookies, Contentious chocolate chip cookies, Wannabe French hot chocolate, Shanti white chocolate chai image, Innocent meringue kisses, and Such a beautiful chocolate souffle.

    I hope that I didn't ruin the surprise by naming the dishes. I figure that if you're interested in Chocolate A Love Story, you will check out the book for yourself.

    Almost just as seductive as the food is the accompanying artwork. Each recipe is paired with an eye-catching 8 by 11 mini poster. The posters are gorgeous enough to frame.

    If you'd like to learn more, visit Max Brenner's website at http://www.maxbrenner.com Better yet - visit any one of the Max Brenner locations and sample the finished product!

    A huge thank you to Hatchette Book Group for the review copy and for the opportunity to review Chocolate A Love Story!

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