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300 Best Chocolate Recipes
By Julie Hasson
ISBN: 0778801446
Publisher: Robert Rose
Format: Paperback
List price: $19.95
Type: Single Subject: Chocolate
Sample recipe: Chocolate Mousse Cake
Intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
Apparent goal: stocking stuffer sampler comprehensive coffee-table Biblical stature
Competition: outclassed follower in the pack strong challenger likely champ
Variety: too little too much unusual nice mix just right
# of recipes: <50 <100 <200 <300 ≥300
Practical recipes: <20% <40% <60% <80% ≥80%
# of ingredients: ≤4 ≤7 ≤10 ≤12 >12
Ingredient hunt: 7-Eleven airfare required online pantry supermarket
Recipe complexity: too hard simple medium challenging professional
Instructions: inadequate verbose bare-bones full-figured educational
Time conscious: unconscious outright lies white lies realistic honorable
Cooking time: weekend project takes all day takes time ≥30 minutes <30 minutes
Added info: zip overwhelming scant balanced generous
Photos/drawings: none distracting decorative instructive glorious
Recipe results: ≤dorm food casual food family meals fancy food fit for royalty
Nutritional info: none overwhelming hit or miss adequate comprehensive
Tone: food police intense neutral supportive comforting
Result: guilt-inducing heavy-handed balanced encouraging inspiring
Format/Ease of Use
Layout: ugh cluttered fine considerate work of art
Legibility: unpleasant challenging tolerable clear brilliant
Production quality: cheesy dubious years of service gift quality stunning
Page numbers: non-existent hard-to-find spotty sufficient every page
Table of contents: AWOL frustrating passable useful excellent
Index quality: none tragic adequate good a treasure
Page flipping: upsetting tedious acceptable rare never
Writer: beginner food writer writing cook personality auteur
Cook: unknown self-taught chef teacher celebrity
Fulfills ambitions: falls short almost there satisfactory exceeds home run
Flavor delivered: sad inconsistent tasty delicious exceptional
Overall tone: sterile trying too hard straightforward best friend mom
Value: ouch! a little pricey worth splurging on the money a deal
Overall rating: skip it good very good excellen Ochef Top 100

Comments: Our problem with this book it its title – these are not the 300 best chocolate recipes. They are 300 recipes that make use of chocolate (weighted toward the use of chocolate chips), with lots of variety. But we would go out on the limb and say these are chocolate recipes to try once you've already got the top 100 or so chocolate recipes under your belt.

The second issue (related to the first) is that this is such an unusual mix of recipes – a buttered baguette with a chunk of chocolate on it is not one of the great chocolate recipes; it is barely a recipe, and certainly does not hold a candle to the French pain au chocolat. Similarly, there are 30 recipes for chocolate cakes, including Chocolate Carrot Cake, Mocha Chocolate Chip Cake, and a date flapjack cake, but no real mainstream chocolate cake.

Recipes fall into a dozen categories, including breakfasts, muffins, cakes, cupcakes, pies, cookies, candies, puddings, frozen desserts, beverages, and more. Their strength is that most of them are quick and easy. A better title would have been 300 Quick and Easy Chocolate Recipes.


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