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Green & Black's Chocolate Recipes: From the Cacao Pod to Muffins, Mousses and Moles    by Caroline Jeremy order for
Green & Black's Chocolate Recipes
by Caroline Jeremy
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Kyle Books, 2004 (2004)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

In a Foreword, Josephine Fairley speaks of Green & Black's use of organic cacao, and of the impact of its fair trade practices on the growing communities - both of which make for a 'guilt-free' approach to chocolate. In her Introduction, Caroline Jeremy recommends the use of good-quality chocolate (preferably with 70% cocoa content) in her recipes, and provides general tips for handling chocolate and for 'simple tempering'. The color photographs made me drool.

These are unusual recipes from the first (Clafoutis with Chocolate and Pears in Red Wine) to the last (Chocolate Cookie Cake). The cookbook ends with recommended drinks to accompany chocolate dishes. As well as the expected enticing variations on brownies and biscottis, cakes and cheesecakes, mousses and soufflés, there are surprising combinations like Mexican Mole Muffins (with chile). The White and Dark Chocolate Mousse with Red Berry Coulis looks wonderful - for a very special occasion, as the author warns that it's time consuming. But the one that appeals to me most combines my two favorite dessert ingredients in a Chocolate-Crusted Lemon Tart - high yumm factor on that one.

It's not all about desserts either. How about Pear & Chocolate Spread on your breakfast toast? Or just go directly to Chocolate Bread or Stollen instead. Then try Chocolate Soup for lunch. For dinner, serve savory choco-flavored dishes like Tuscan Sweet and Sour Hare (you need to catch one first), a chocolatey Italian Venison, Chicken Mole (plan to put that one on the family menu this week-end), or spicy Chilean Chocolate Sausages. Interspersed among the recipes are photos of Belize and a fascinating tutorial on growing the beans and transforming them into the end product that we all love. Green & Black's Chocolate Recipes is a must have for chocoholic cooks.

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