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Chocolate French: Recipes, Language and Directions to Francais au Chocolat Paperback – 27 Jan 2006

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: TCB-Cafe Publishing; 2 edition (27 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976768216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976768210
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,040,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Chocolate French" takes readers on a culinary tour of the world of chocolate. Packed with recipes, facts, and restaurants, the book explores chocolate from several angles, featuring anecdotes from Proust, songs by Trenet, and even fashion by the noted designer Rykiel. Conquering the myth that great French chocolate requires difficult preparations, "Chocolate French" shows how delicious chocolate dishes can be easily made and integrated into everyday activities, and how a chocolate-loving philosophy can sweeten life.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Merci beaucoup!! 24 Jun 2007
By Toni - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
MERCI BEAUCOUP to all the reviewers and to the two magazine reviews that highly recommended this wonderful book!! I have been so enchanted with everything about it, albeit that being a Francophile hasn't hurt. It had been one of the recommendations from Amazon, and after being intrigued by a little peek into its content, the reviewers made my decision easy. Voila......how much fun it is!

It's not a large book, almost pocket size in fact. And it's not a recipe-only book either, though it has enough recipes within to add to the already interesting musings of the relationship between the French and chocolate.

Photographs of French life, French patisseries and chocolatiers, along with the written musings (both in French with most given their English translation) of those who have gone before, or who are here now, dot the chapters of this incredible guide to all that is worthy of French chocolate. And lest you not be particularly proficient in French, there are various pages of assistance with understanding French accent marks, and, adverbs of quantity (though, is there such an error as wanting too much chocolate?). There is also a lovely section within the end of the book that gives you an English translation of the French vocabulary of ingredients, expressions, verbs, and general chocolate terms. Recipe contributors, recipe ingredient resources (from all over the world) help to round out your veritable tour of the chocolate delights of France.

As you begin your perusing of this guide, you are given hotels, bistros, and other assorted places that serve various chocolate delights. An interesting aspect of these mentions, is that they include places other than France, that pay homage to chocolate, such a Switzerland and the creations made there, or Chicago, and its shops and schools devoted to the art of being a chocolatier, as well as San Francisco, New Orleans, Louisiana, Connecticut, and Tokyo to name a few.

The sections of this book are divided into:

Recipe Index
History of France and Chocolate

The book also goes into how chocolate has tranferred itself into movies such as "Chocolate" starring Julia Ormand and Johnny Depp. Or how it has made its way into the fashion industry.........ever seen a chocolate dress?

A chocolate dress you say? Well, they may not give you the recipe for that, but they will give you the following jewels:

Chocolate Ganache
Chocolate Sauce
Chocolate Tartlet with Coffee Cream
Warm Chocolate Puddings with Pistachio Cream and Pears
Chocolate Croissant Pudding w/ Toffee Sauce, Strawberries, and Pecans
Chocolate Fondant w/ Orange Confit and Raspberry Sauce
Marquise au Chocolate
Chocolate Mousse Charlotte
Chocolate Red Wine Soup with Strawberries
Buchon Chocolate Tart
Warm Chocolate Cake with Vanilla
Chocolate Bing Cherry Cake
Mexican Chocoalte Truffle Torte
Chocolate Macaroon a l'Ancienne
Dipped Camembert and Chocolate Sandwich
Grandmother's Chocolate Mousse
Chanel's Crepes
Chocolate and Vanilla Madeleines
Chocolate Chip Madeleines
Monique's Chocolate Brique
Red Fruit, Chocolate and Vanilla Clafoutis
Chocolate Sorbet
Lamb with Dark Chocolate Sauce
Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate Pave
Bittersweet Chocolate Decadence
Warm Chocolate Cake w/ Chantilly Creme and Raspberry Sauce
Phyllo Cups w/ Chocolate Mousse, Raspberries, and Poached Pears
Banana Pearl
Pink Poodle
Miss Celle's Bananas Foster avec Chocolat
Chocolate Espresso Souffle
Chocolate Pava
White Chocolate Bread Pudding w/ White Chocolate Kahlua Sauce
Chocolat Chaud w/ Creamy Melted Bars of Dark Chocolate
Chocolate French Toast
Pear and Chocolate Tart
Petits Pots au Chocolat
Creme Brulee au Chocolat
Pate a Choux
Pate Brisee
Chocossisson-Chocolate Sausage
Piedmontese Truffles
Swiss Dreams
Couscous Sucre w/ Honey, Raisins, and Cacao
Creole Hot Chocolate
Banana and Chocolate Tart
Chocolate Quad

I would also like to mention The "L'alliance Francaise" which is given quite a good mention in the "Let Them Eat Chocolate" section of this book. L'alliance Francaise is a organization that Francophiles can join that celebrates the exquisite culture of France by giving French language classes, tours, festival, cooking classes, etc. with chapters located all over the United States as well as other places in our world. This particular section was written by one of the instructors at the Alliance in Connecticut. For me, this information alone was worth the price of the book.

OK then............see what everyone was talking about? Wonderful, isn't it? As I said previously, this is not a recipe book of sorts, but a multifaceted journey into all that weaves itself into the affair of France and sinful, decadent, addictive chocolate.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
For dedicated chocolate lovers everywhere! 15 Nov 2003
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
French chocolate is very special in the world of chocolate enthusiasts. Now famous chefs specializing in French and ranging from Belgium, Switzerland, and Australia, to Quebec, Martinique, and Paris, offer fifty recipes dedicated to the use and utilization of French chocolate. From Chocolate Tartlet with Coffee Cream; Chocolate Mousse Charlotte; Bouchon Chocolate Tart; and Lamb with Dark Chocolate Sauce; to White Chocolate Bread Pudding with White Chocolate Kahlua Sauce; Chocolat Chaud with Creamy Melted Bars of Dark Chocolate; Chocolate French Toast; and Couscous Sucre with Honey, Raisins and Cacao, Chocolate French is an elegant and highly recommended addition to the cookbook collections of dedicated chocolate lovers everywhere!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A chocolate adventure 18 Nov 2003
By "rbgmail" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I received this book as a gift and was very pleasantly surprised with the book. I loved how the author weaved the culture and history of chocolate of the French with some amazing recipes from around the world. I also enjoyed the vocabulary, which has allowed me to impress my friends with my new knowledge of the nuances of chocolate. If you know someone who is a chocolate fan, this book is for him or her.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The world through chocolate 17 Nov 2003
By Amrita Daing - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is truly a unique publication. Not only is it well laid out but also ties in multiple disciplines in a single book, including history, culture and cooking. The recipes are easy and don't require you to clutter you kitchen with ingredients. I would highly recommend this book. For you local San Franciscans I would combine another publication by Crump - The Cafes Of San Francisco with this one and it would make a great gift - the holidays are around the corner!!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Perfect Gift 17 Nov 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you have friends who truly love chocolate...this book is perfect. We presented Chocolate French twice and it was will received on both occasions. Chocolate French is great if you are looking for that unique gift for the holidays.
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