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Adventures with Chocolate: 80 Sensational Recipes [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Paul A Young
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2 Feb 2012
In this title, Paul A. Young shares his chocolate-making secrets for the first time. He will take you on a chocolate adventure, showing you how to blend it with other ingredients from lavender to chilli to cinnamon. With chapters including 'Sugar and Spice' and 'Herbs and Flowers', the recipes cover everything from truffles and cakes to savoury dishes. Discover how to make Wild Strawberry and Pink Peppercorn Truffles, Sea-salted Caramel Tart and the best Chocolate Martini. And then of course there are the classics, such as Paul's world-famous brownies and his award-winning Hot Chocolate with Mayan Spices. Paul's enthusiasm is irresistible and his stunning recipes are a must for all chocolate lovers.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Books; New edition edition (2 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085783083X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857830838
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An inspiration.' --Nigella Lawson

'Takes you on a Willy Wonka-style journey of tastes and flavour combinations.' --The Independent

About the Author

Born in Yorkshire, Paul started work as a pastry chef for Marco Pierre White at The Criterion, London. He later became Head Pastry Chef at Quo Vadis in Soho before giving it up to make chocolate. Paul's chocolate has won many awards, including gold medals at the World Chocolate Awards. He has appeared on BBC2's Food and Drink, ITV's This Morning as well as UKTV Food's Great Food Live and Market Kitchen. www.paulayoung.co.uk

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4.0 out of 5 stars The accessible Heston 24 Nov 2009
By Alan Hansen VINE VOICE
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Heston Blumenthal seems to have cornered the market in envelope-pushing cookery (snail porridge, bacon and egg ice cream, dry ice with everything) but he's not the only one. Somehow, Paul A Young's favoured medium, chocolate, lends itself more readily to playing crazy games; the Puritan in me rebels against doing anything strange with meat and two veg, but pudding is the fun bit, so it's OK to take a few chances. I wouldn't risk my eyebrows with a Heston recipe, but I'd have a crack at some of Young's ideas. And yes, Marmite and chocolate really does work!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
As a professional chef I tire of books rehashing the same information (ie how to temper chocolate), but Young does a good job of covering the fundamentals and then moving on to the fun stuff. This is a very good book that anyone can use.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Encourages one to experiment with flavours 11 Jan 2010
I treated myself to this book recently, having previously bought one of Andrew Garrison Shotts' books on chocolate making. In my opinion, Paul Young's recipes are less fussy and demanding of Shotts' (many of which require cocoa butter and his own special pectin etc.). So far, I've only made salted pecan praline truffles and muscovado truffles but these went down a treat as Christmas presents. What I like most about this book is that Young has managed to convey his boundless enthusiasm for chocolate making and, whilst he does a super job of conveying the essential techniques, he does an even better job of encouraging the reader to experiment with flavours and textures on their own Chocolate Adventures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book 21 Feb 2010
By lbmt2
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I love this book! Its one of those where all the recipes work brilliantly (the ones I've tried anyway). I've made the basic truffles and raspberry truffles, which both received lots of compliments and were really straightforward to do. I also made the chocolate cookies and they were great. The recipes are really easy to follow and the information at the front of the book about different types of chocolate and flavourings is interesting. I'm looking forward to trying the more unusual recipes now I've done some of the basic ones. The only possible complaint is the weight I'm going to put on from eating too many truffles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Delicious Inspiration Beautifully Assembled 17 Nov 2009
By Adele
As a frequent visitor of Paul A. Young's heavenly scented Camden Passage shop in Islington and a taster of Paul's many delicious chocolate creations, the highly anticipated release of his 'Adventures with Chocolate: 80 Sensational Recipes' has finally arrived!

Brimming with Paul's talent and experience, not forgetting his award winning Chocolatier secrets, we're offered image after mouth watering image, all simple and achievable by following his straight forward recipes. Paul's enthusiasm for chocolate as a taste, as a template to add to, or an ingredient to be added is infectious and constant. From introducing chocolate in its purest form with classics such as 'Paul's Aztec-style hot chocolate', adding fruit and nuts, sugar and spice, even herbs and flowers, to the final chapter 'Alchemy' that takes a wilder path to Paul's famous 'Marmite Ganache'. The Genius Master Chocolatier washes your senses with each delectable page of this sensational journey into his world. Introducing the limitless pleasures to be discovered on an adventure that even the lesser chocolate lover will find inspiring.

'Adventures with Chocolate' is the perfect gift at any time of year for any event and for everyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So glad I bought it 4 April 2010
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I bought this book to add to my collection of books on chocolate after 'looking inside' on Amazon (a great idea) and reading previous reviews.

He has some very interesting recipes, not just for chocolates and truffles but also sweet and savoury dishes. There is a good introduction and notes on 'how to taste chocolate' and he shows boundless enthusiasm for his craft.
Some of his recipes are very unusual (marmite ganache for example) but all worth a try as they will be interesting to taste and there is obviously a place for them.
I had hoped there might be some notes on pairing wine with chocolate.
I am looking forward to working through many of his recipes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift 29 Jan 2014
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Great ideas although you might want to use a cheaper choc - still tastes amazing
Given as gifts -good idea as you get to taste the results.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful indulgent and informative cookbook! 17 Dec 2013
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This truly is a great cookbook. If you're like chocolate and baking with chocolate then then this is a must have purchase. It starts by taking you through different types of chocolate and how where they’re grown and the cocoa variety and so forth affects the taste and usage - but do not fear it’s not as technical as it sounds. Paul A Young keeps the writing interesting with a good selection of personal experiences

The photography is simply amazing and there’s plenty of wonderful photographs of the many treats you can make - the photography is definitely one of the selling points.

The recipes themselves cover a range of delights from creating your own truffles, through to creating indulgent dinner party desserts - so there’s something for cooks of all levels. The brownie are my favourite quick and simple chocolate treat - they’re like no brownie you’ve ever made.

Buy this book, your life will be better, if a touch shorter. :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Broad and interesting book
Great if you know very little about chocolate and want to learn which types to buy, how to temper, then how to turn your kilo of chocolate into tasty truffles, drinks, desserts or... Read more
Published 4 months ago by pappaxray
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any Chocolatier!
If you're starting out in the world of chocolatiering this is a brilliant book. It gives you the confidence to try out all sorts of recipes and you get to enjoy eating them as... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Greg Middlebrook
5.0 out of 5 stars Chocolicious!
This book gives tips and advice on making chocolates and chocolate desserts and drinks . It gives useful advise on the different types of chocolate and which is best to use for... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Georgia
2.0 out of 5 stars Adventures with chocolate 80 sensational recipes
This Item arrived promptly and was as described .It was a much appreciated christmas gift for a chocoholic! Yum Yum
Published 14 months ago by d e jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing recipes, beautiful photography and styling!
I requested my brother buy me this one xmas as Id seen Paul A. Young on Market Kitchen and was impressed. Read more
Published 15 months ago by C. E. Ellam
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventures with chocolate
Amazing recipes, prompt delivery, I have tried quite a few recipes from this book, definitely calorific, had to be touch on myself not to over indulge, but brilliant to give as a... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ms L Dalgarno
5.0 out of 5 stars chocaholic
This book may not be for the beginner but it has some very interesting recipe ideas and makes everything look easy. Read more
Published 23 months ago by W. P. J. Sheppard
5.0 out of 5 stars Book on adventurous recipes with chocolate
The product arrived before schedule in protective packaging.The book contents were as interesting as all "critics" reviews stated. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mr. Eric N. Vardy
5.0 out of 5 stars Chocoholic joy
Working my way through this must have book - not helpful with my weightwatchers plan but using as a weekly treat the dieting can be monitored.
Published 23 months ago by CR
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor ganache recipes
I have tried three of the ganache recipes from this book, and they are pretty poor. A lot of the recipes use the currently fashionable trend of using water instead of cream. Read more
Published on 17 July 2011 by Lee Cotton
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