- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Rockport Publishers Inc. (1 Jan. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1592533108
- ISBN-13: 978-1592533107
- Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.6 x 26 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 826,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Making Artisan Chocolates Paperback – 1 Jan 2007
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Andrew Garrison Shotts, former pastry chef for Guittard Chocolate and owner of Garrison Confections, has broken new ground in the chocolate industry with the development of his artisan chocolate line. Shotts has accumulated a wealth of prestigious honors during his career. He was named one of Pastry Art & Design's 'Ten Best Pastry Chefs in America' and was recognized as a "Top Ten Artisanal Chocolatier" by USA Today. He lives in Providence, USA.
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Contents include the following topics: chocolate basics and flavor pairings, including pairings with traditional flavors and non-traditional spices. About ~35 chocolate recipes. Recipes include standard classics like classic dark, classic milk, hazelnut praline. Recipes also include classic flavors (but maybe not classic pairings) like peanut butter+jam, and banana caramel. Finally there are non-traditional spice pairings like habanero+peanut butter, raspberry-wasabi, and mango-mint-coriander.
Techniques are where I think the book really shines. The book has excellent pictures and descriptions of making truffles, making molded chocolates, and making hand-dipped chocolates. Shotts shows the technique of airbrushing as well as how to use transfer sheets and luster or razzle dust. He does a good job of scaling down the equipment for the non professional. For instance when showing hand-dipped chocolates, he uses a baking pan + saran wrap + knife instead of sheet + frame + cutting guitar. After reading this book, you can go into any chocolate shop and say "I know how they did that technique". Surprisingly, Shotts never mentions tempering machines.
Finally, there is a book that shows all the techniques that professionals use. I don't have to pull out my issue of "Pastry Arts and Design" from 3 years ago or wait for a particular Food network espisode to come on. I have this book now. I love the range of recipes - not too classic, but not too experimental either. For those interested, there is a nice table of taste pairings for nontraditional spice flavors. The last wonderful thing is the price: usually you have to pay professional prices ($100-$250) for books that show professional techniques and recipes. Not so here.
Compared to others: "Fine Chocolates" by Wybauw is a great book with great tips on tempering how to correct molding mistakes. It's a lot more $$ (~$65 on Amazon, used to have to buy it elsewhere for $100) and is aimed at the more advanced chocolatier. This book is better than either of the Ecole Lenotre books.
The great strength of Making Artisan Chocolates is in the specificity of the directions. Making candy is unlike most kinds of cooking in that there is almost no room for error. Many candy receipes fail because they give general instructions with the idea that the cook knows how the candy is supposed to look, or feel at a given stage.
Instead of trusting that his reader is experienced, Shotts gives specific instructions, right down to which brand of chocolate will temper at which temperature. He charts guidelines for compatible ingredients and kinds of chocolate.
Thanks to Andrew Shotts I made my first successful chocolates last weekend. They were the best my family had ever tasted, and they looked gorgeous!
And one quick tip: you should probably allocate at least $200 for practice ingredients when trying out some of the more colorful recipes for the first time. 90% of them will probably end up in the disposal.
A second quick tip for those of you who will be pulling out your hair trying to find the "G Pectin" some of the recipes call for; you can buy it here: [...] or rather you could if Amazon would actually let me include a URL to a site they don't own in a review.
On the technique side, there is a very thorough body of content here. What's great about it is that it really dives into everything from melting points of different types and brands of chocolate to tools and equipment to basic construction techniques. As a home cook I appreciate that he was able to give such detailed information without coming across as pretentious. He makes it very user friendly to chocolate makers of all levels. One complaint could be that some of the items these recipes require are more specialty items, but they are not always necessary and can be easily purchased online. One of the ingredients I find often called for is Cocoa Butter, which I couldn't find in local stores but found easily online. I have found that after some google searching it is easy to find professional chocolate making tools that can easily be purchased by a home cook.
The recipes he provides are also fantastic. They range from more classical recipes like a salted caramel-filled truffle that was absolutely fantastic, to more creative combinations like peanut butter and jelly and lemongrass-coconut. With such a wide range of flavor combinations you are sure to find recipes that speak to different flavor palettes. I have tried 6 of the recipes so far (including both rolled and molded chocolates) and all have been exceptional. The Rocky Rhode Island Candy Bar, which as it sounds is not a truffle, was easy to make and earned rave reviews from all who tried it.
The instructions are also very thorough and clear. He assumes nothing about your abilities making them easy and straightforward to follow regardless of your level of experience. He also does a good job of indicating the difficulty level of each recipe so you can pick one that is appropriate to your skill set. Beginners will appreciate that there are quite a few recipes labeled 'easy.'
I also enjoyed the charts on what flavor combinations work well together and his suggestions of how to experiment with different flavor combinations. (He talks about how he puts a piece of chocolate in his mouth along with other items such as fruits or spices to see if the combo might work.) As someone who loves to not just follow recipes but experiment on my own this section made me very excited to try things on my own and branch beyond the recipes.
Overall, I am thrilled with this cookbook and cannot wait to try more recipes. I am already planning to give chocolate themed gift baskets for the holidays and you can bet that a few truffles from this book will be featured.