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Deep Dark Chocolate
by Sara Perry
Order:  USA  Can
Chronicle, 2008 (2008)
* * *   Reviewed by Belle Dessler

These days, you can't turn the page of the health section in your local newspaper without reading about the positive effects of dark chocolate. So what better time to brush up on your culinary skills and put this versatile ingredient to mouthwatering use?

In Deep Dark Chocolate, Perry has taken the quintessential cocoa lover's treat and turned it into something spectacular. In her introduction, she tells us that 'This is the place - and the book - to indulge those deep, dark chocolate dreams of the perfect fudge sauce, a big ol' chocolate cake piled high with thick, rich frosting, and a luscious deep, dark chocolate ice cream.' Now if just reading that was enough to put you in a sugar-induced coma, this book may not be for you. But if you're licking your lips, leaning forward in your chair and screaming 'Bring it on!', Perry is your new best friend.

After providing us with a thorough look at the different types of chocolate and what makes each variety unique, Perry also supplies a glossary of chocolate terminology and shares some of her best baking secrets before delving into the mouthwatering recipes. While full-color photographs are not provided with each recipe, there are enough pictures sprinkled throughout the pages of the book to make you salivate. That's if simply reading the titles of these delicious concoctions isn't enough to do the same thing.

Craving the perfect chocolate chip cookie? Try Cookies With All The Chips. Want something a little more substantial? The Fudgy Brownie is an 'effortless ode' to chocolate. Baking for a party? You can't go wrong with the Chocolate Layer Cake. These tasty treats perfectly showcase the versatility of dark chocolate. With the same ingredient, you can create a Black and White Soufflé, Frozen Fudge Pops, hand-rolled Chocolate Pretzels or even a Chocolate Martini.

With Deep Dark Chocolate on your cookbook shelf, you'll never wonder what's for dessert again.

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