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Willie's Chocolate Factory Cookbook [Hardcover]

Willie Harcourt-Cooze
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19 Mar 2009

An eccentric entrepreneur with a mission to educate the British public into the delights of top quality chocolate, Willie Harcourt-Cooze, star of the Channel 4 series WILLIE'S WONKY CHOCOLATE FACTORY, shows how to use the ultimate luxury ingredient in a collection of over 60 mouth-watering recipes.

Willie's Chocolate Factory Cookbook is composed of two parts. In the first half of the book, Willie tells the extraordinary story behind his dream to produce the very best chocolate in the world. Twelve years ago, he and his wife Tania sold everything they had to buy a cacao farm in the Cloud Mountains of Venezuela. Passionate about growing, harvesting and processing their own cacao beans, their chocolate dream took the family to near bankruptcy, and from the wilds of Venezuela, where Willie learnt how to be a cacao farmer, to the rolling hills of Devon, where he built a small, chocolate factory and now makes his 100% cacao bars.

We're conditioned to think that chocolate is a confectionary, when in actual fact the real thing is the most wondrous, versatile ingredient, whether you use it for savoury or sweet. Willie's recipes show how 100% cacao can enrich an astonishing range of dishes, from Tiramisu and Venezuelan Hot Chocolate to Chicken Mole and Porcini and Chocolate Risotto. Like salt, just a small amount can strengthen or bring out the flavours in food, or simply add depth and richness and body. It's amazing stuff, and should live by the olive oil in everyone's kitchen.

With stunning photography, a compelling narrative, and fantastic, easy-to-follow recipes (including those from his Channel 4 programmes), Willie's Chocolate Factory Cookbook is perfect inspiration for all food-lovers. Viva Cacao! The chocolate revolution starts here...

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  • Hardcover: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; 1st edition (19 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340980516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340980514
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 337,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'In the past 15 years, a love affair with high-quality chocolate has swept through Britain and Harcourt-Cooze is its new, ambitious cupid' (Telegraph)

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The ultimate book for chocolate-lovers from the man who makes the best chocolate in the world.

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Willie's winning recipe for life 15 Mar 2009
This book is part autobiography, part cookbook. In the first half of the book we learn of Willie's hard but idyllic childhood, followed by a tough early adulthood that leads to travels that eventually take him to Venezuela. The stories about how he comes across a cacao plantation, buys it, improves it, and decides to move in to chocolate making are all recounted in the recent TV series but here are much more interestingly told, and in more detail. I could recommend the book just for the first half. However, the second half of the book, Willie's recipes, is also very rewarding. When I watched the TV series my attention was always held by Willie's cooking, and in particular the ways he could find to add chocolate into his dishes. Well, I have already tried out a few of the recipes in the book (for Hot Chocolate, Cacao Bread, and Chicken Mole) and found the results delicious! He may look a bit crazy but there's no doubt that Willie is a force for good in the world of fine chocolate. He was a deserving winner of the Academy of Chocolate's Personality of The Year Award in 2008.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 10 April 2009
My girlfriend bought me this book and we're both hooked! We've tried most of the recipes and I've never tasted chocolate like it; even when you can't get hold of the special 100% cacao stuff they taste absolutely delicious. One problem - you'll never be able to go back to Cadburys...
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5.0 out of 5 stars utterly brilliant 9 April 2009
Absolutely brilliant. Willie's passion is evident throughout the book, and what a wonderful tale of triumph over adversity. I love how use the chocolate can be used in both sweet and savoury recipes - congratulations Willie on a superb book. Worth every penny.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Living the dream 16 April 2009
After watching both programmes following Willie and his family living the dream, I was slightly disappointed that the first half of the book is all about his journey which if you'd watched the Channel 4 programmes you would already have known.
Second half of the book - the recipes these are great and we have tried most of them after stocking back up on the chocolate. Still struggling to get a bar of Willie's new range of chocolate but we will not be defeated.
Willie and his family are a true inspiration in never giving up regardless of what life throws at you and living the dream.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Willie's Choc 9 Feb 2014
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As I had already seen the series on TV I was a bit disappointed that there weren't more unusual recipes in the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read, and recipes too 4 Jan 2014
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Willie has written his life story here, and it is fascinating. You also get some great recipies using chocolate. It is quite hard to find the products in normal shops, Waitrose sell the chocolate bars but seem to have discontinued the raw cacao block for cooking, however you can buy it from Willie's web site.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For Chocolate Lovers 19 July 2013
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This is a lovely easy recipe book if you like cooking with chocolate which I do with some surprising savoury recipes in - fabulous!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 19 Dec 2012
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I bout this as a present, it was accurately described, it did not look new (as described) but it was in a perfectly good enough condition for me to give as a gift
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a book!
My Dad in South Africa watched the TV show and asked me to buy him the book to send over to him. I bought it and made the mistake of looking at the first page...I was hooked! Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2010 by C. Bendersky
5.0 out of 5 stars A great cookery book
This is an extraordinary and fascinating book. It not only tells you how to cook with this remarkable substance it also gives you a lot of background about it, the man who wrote it... Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2010 by Geek2Geek
3.0 out of 5 stars Willie's Chocolate Factory Cookbook
A very informative book about cacao/chocolate but would have liked more recipes. There are 218 pages (excluding index) in the book but it doesn't get to the recipes until page... Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2009 by Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cocoa's amazing
I bought a whole venison this Christmas and used Willie's Venezuelan Black as part of the sauce it was simply amazing. I've never tasted such good Cocoa.
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Published on 26 Dec 2009 by Mr. S. Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic all round Chocolate Cookbook
We were recommended to this book by a relative. My son made the chocolate biscuits with his cousin (he is only 10 years old) and felt that we should add the book to our collection... Read more
Published on 16 Sep 2009 by Mrs. Amelia L. Noble-brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Delicious!
Watching the programmes about the setting up of the chocolate factory was absolutely exhausting! The man is a human dynamo of boundless energy and endless enthusiasm which is a... Read more
Published on 19 Aug 2009 by Soo Broo
5.0 out of 5 stars Chocoholics dream
Bought this book as a present for the man who has everything but loves chocolate. Plenty of fab recipes with great photos, well worth the money unlike some cook books. Read more
Published on 23 Jun 2009 by Sunshine
5.0 out of 5 stars Willies Chocolate delights
This book has brilliant ideas for cooking with Willies beautiful dark chocolate that has the best flavour of any other chocolate anywhere in the world in my opinion.
Published on 4 Jun 2009 by Chris Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opening
Having managed to miss the tv series I didn't know what to expect with this book, but found it fascinating. Read more
Published on 3 Jun 2009 by P. Ashley
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