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Adventures with Chocolate: 80 Sensational Recipes Hardcover – 8 Oct 2009

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  • Hardcover: 143 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Cathie; 1st edition (8 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856268292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856268295
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.9 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hailed as the world's most innovative chocolatier (Lydia Slater) --The Sunday Times<br /><br />The genius who put Marmite into chocolate, takes chocoholics from breakfast to bedtime with his inspired chocolate-rich recipes. Highlights include sea-salted caramel tart, maple macadamia ganache and a honey-cured bacon, Stilton and chocolate sandwich - Paul's own hangover cure. --Channel 4<br /><br />Experimenting with unusual flavours is the inspiration behind Paul A Young's successful cacao-fuelled career. In his first book, the chocolatier recounts his Adventures with Chocolate, from the practical to the weir and wonderful mouth-watering array of recipes. --Food & Travel

The genius who put Marmite into chocolate, takes chocoholics from breakfast to bedtime with his inspired chocolate-rich recipes. Highlights include sea-salted caramel tart, maple macadamia ganache and a honey-cured bacon, Stilton and chocolate sandwich - Paul's own hangover cure. --Channel 4

Experimenting with unusual flavours is the inspiration behind Paul A Young's successful cacao-fuelled career. In his first book, the chocolatier recounts his Adventures with Chocolate, from the practical to the weir and wonderful mouth-watering array of recipes. --Food & Travel

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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 24 Nov. 2009
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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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Edward Lorenz on 11 Jan. 2010
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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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Robert E. Connoley on 28 Jan. 2010
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lbmt2 on 21 Feb. 2010
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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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Adele on 17 Nov. 2009
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Bedford on 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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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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I requested my brother buy me this one xmas as Id seen Paul A. Young on Market Kitchen and was impressed. The book has some great, innovative recipes in there and some great explanations on how to temper chocolate, and ideas on flavour pairings to give you some confidence to try your own recipes with chocolate. Not only that, the photography and styling in the book is absolutely gorgeous and its just a lovely thing to flick through. I used some of the ideas in to make two types of truffles for on top of a cake and it was so well received by my sister in law I bought her the book too as she wanted to make some! Its a really lovely book well worth the modest price tag, anyone who likes a bit of cooking beyond the norm or just generally loves choccie will really love this book.
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