Death by chocolate - what a way to go!
Death by Chocolate Cookies is a beautiful book; coffee-table worthy.
Every recipe is accompanied by a glossy, gorgeous, mouth-watering picture that makes you want to eat the paper.
Much as I love reading cookbooks and staring at food, I enjoy baking and eating even more. Each of the recipes has notes and tips that ensure a perfect result - as long as you follow the directions!
When I try a new recipe the very first time, I do everything exactly as the author has written. The next time, knowing how things should turn out, what I liked and what I think could be improved, I usually make some changes to suit my own taste. I've never changed a single thing in any recipe from this book - they're perfect as written!
My favorite recipe in this book is the Lemon Chocolate Chip Biscotti. Before I tackled this recipe, I'd never made biscotti because I found the idea intimidating and difficult. Biscotti are twice-baked cookies and can be tough, dry, and rather tasteless. Marcel Desaulniers' recipe came out perfectly the first time, and every time since. I've made thousands of Lemon Chocolate Chip Biscotti since that first batch and they're still my favorites - light, fresh, crispy without being jaw-breakers - completely delicious.
DeSaulniers not only tells you the right measurements and the order to use them - he even includes the length of time to beat each ingredient into the batter for the best result.
I've tried many of the 75 recipes included in Death By Chocolate Cookies. I love the Chocolate Boulders, the Dalmatians, and several others. But I keep coming back to the Lemon Chocolate Chip Biscotti.
I first saw Marcel Desalniers on Julia Child's cooking show "The French Chef" on PBS many years ago. I fell in love on that day - and it's a one-sided love affair that's endured. I have all of his books and love them all. If you love baking and love chocolate - you'll adore him, too!
Is chocolate the best way to die?
© 2013 Hope