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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan (2 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579655114
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579655112
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 898,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I recommend Alice Medrich s recent revision of her classic Bittersweet. Now called Seriously Bitter Sweet, the book offers recipes substitutions that allow you to use whatever percentage chocolate you favor. "

Learn everything you need to know about baking and cooking with chocolate in this comprehensive guide.

" Better Homes & Gardens""

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It is hard, today, to imagine a time when the word bittersweet was rarely spoken, when 70 percent of the chocolate purchased by Americans was milk chocolate. Today's world of chocolate is a much larger universe, where not only is the quality better and variety wider, but the very composition of the chocolate has changed. To do justice to these new chocolates, which contain more pure chocolate and less sugar, we need a fresh approach to chocolate desserts a new kind of recipe and someone to crack the code for substituting one chocolate for another in both new and classic recipes. Alice Medrich, the "First Lady of Chocolate," delivers. With nearly 150 recipes each delicious and foolproof, no matter your level of expertise BitterSweet answers every chocolate question, teaches every technique, confides every secret, satisfies every craving. You'll marvel that recipes as basic as brownies and chocolate cake, mint chocolate chip ice cream and chocolate mousse, can still surprise and excite you, and that souffles, chocolate panna cotta, even pasta sauces can be so dramatically flavorful. For the last thirty years, Alice Medrich has been learning, teaching, and sharing what she loves and understands about chocolate. BitterSweet is the culmination of her life in chocolate thus far: revolutionary recipes, profound knowledge, and charming tales of a chocolate life."

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I have been looking for a serious book on chocolate, especially cacao nibs for a long time and
this book is great, using it often
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HASH(0x9941a858) out of 5 stars An exact copy of the hardback 27 Dec. 2013
By Jemma C. Gabriel - Published on
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I eagerly purchased this book by the doyenne of desserts,Alice Medrich,because I (however erroneous) believed this to be an updated revision of the hardback,which is about 10 years old. Buyer beware : this is the exact duplicate of the older book,however great it was. Just letting all you bakers know.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9941aaa4) out of 5 stars It's all about chocolate! 25 Dec. 2013
By Coffee Lover - Published on
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The author states that she wrote this book to inspire chocolate dessert lovers to stray from the more familiar baking chocolates... For me she achieved this goal, and much more, admirably.

The recipes are wonderful. I downloaded this book looking for an updated chocolate meringue pie since my mother's recipe called for shortening in the crust and other outdated ingredients. What I found in Seriously Bitter Sweet was not only a better crust (with yogurt added to make it flaky as did the Spry shortening of my mother's time) but a better filling too!

I also found her occasional guidance on dairy-free chocolate recipes useful.

I'm a chocolate lover but a novice baker. So the introduction to kitchen routine and equipment is useful. As a chemist I'm interested in the technical aspects of chocolate as a foodstuff (which the author touches on -- usually to help the home baker with the necessary technique for success), its culinary use and development, and commercial product evolution. All this is in the book, woven together superbly with guidance on the use of modern chocolates in the kitchen.

The author's comparison of chocolate and wine in the after-harvest product development cycle as well as consumption trends is very interesting. Another sidelight to enjoy.

The author's interesting personal story in California and France is a nice supporting tale for the theme of this book, chocolate!

Kerrville, TX
28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9941aa68) out of 5 stars Waste of money 12 Jan. 2014
By Adele L. Walker - Published on
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I am really upset. This book has the exact same recipes as Bitter Sweet, printed in 2003. Same intros to the recipes. I feel cheated, thinking I was getting a 'new' book by Alice Medrich. Wonder why it was not sold as a remake?
15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By gcwex - Published on
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I loved this book in its original format and title. I was sad that nowhere did I see that his was a reissue. If I did not already have the original, I would have loved this, but I did not need another one of the same content with a different title.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9941adbc) out of 5 stars Don't Buy This if You Own "Bittersweet" Already! 20 Aug. 2014
By R. Billings - Published on
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I love Alice Medrich's books, but as other fans state in their reviews, I was very disappointed to discover that this is basically a reprint of "Bittersweet." That in itself is a terrific book, but the publication data and advertising for this book need to make clear that this is the same book. I feel kind of ripped off for having bought this newer copy when I already have a lovely hardback of the original.
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