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Carla Bardi and Claire Pietersen - All books by this author

T his book might easily be the most lavish, the most complete, and most beautiful volume ever published on the subject of that most sensuous of all foods—chocolate. Filled with history, anecdotes, and recipes, and featuring hundreds of lavish full-color photos, The Golden Book of Chocolate is literally a chocolate lover’s dream come true. A fascinating detailed account chronicles chocolate’s origins among the Aztecs of ancient Mexico, its importation to Europe, and the development of the modern chocolate industry as we know it today. But recipes are at the heart of this book. Separate chapters are devoted to chocolate’s central role in easy-to-follow recipes for:

  • Cookies
  • Bars and Brownies
  • Muffins and Cupcakes
  • Pastries
  • Elegant Desserts
  • Pies and Tarts
  • Puddings and Creams
  • Tea and Coffee Cakes
  • Layer Cakes
  • Candy
  • Savory Dishes
  • Drinks
  • Basic Recipes
Each recipe includes a list of ingredients, step-by-step instructions, and a large, full-color photo of the finished item. The book’s final “Basic Recipes” chapter shows how to prepare chocolate ingredients that go into the making of other chocolate-based delicacies. They include chocolate pastry cream, chocolate custard, chocolate sauce, and several other sumptuous ingredients. This beautiful book is embellished with a ribbon place marker bound into the spine and features golden-tipped page edges.

A Capsule History of Chocolate
Among the Aztecs the drinking of chocolate was confined to the royal house, the lords, and the nobility. A report by Spanish conquistador Bernial Diaz del Castillo noted that Montezuma drank chocolate several times a day from beakers made of pure gold. The Spanish brought chocolate to Europe in the late 1500s, and by the 1660s it was a favorite drink of Renaissance Italian noblemen. In the 1800s it became a popular drink among the literary figures who gathered in London’s coffee houses, and in the nineteenth century the world’s first chocolate candy was produced in the city of Bristol, England.

From the Reviews:
“Enrobed in gold foil like a high-end chocolate bar, this fat tome offers chocolate lovers a rich variety of ways in which to enjoy their favorite treat. …This will make an attractive gift for anyone keen on chocolate, whether or not they choose to try their hand at the recipes.”
Publisher’s Weekly, October 6, 2008

“This book might well be the most lavish, most complete and most beautiful volume ever published on that most sensuous of all foods—Chocolate. Filled with history, anecdotes, delicious photos, and, of course 300+ mouth-watering recipes from deserts to drinks. It’s a chocoholic’s literary dream come true.”
The Putnam County Courier, November 26, 2008

“Merely looking at this latest title from Italian cookbook author Bardi could be enough to send readers into a proverbial chocoholic sugar-induced coma. While this could be seen primarily as a gift book for the chocolate lover, its visual appeal alone will undoubtedly attract library users. Recommended for public libraries.”
—Pauline Baughman, Library Journal, February 2009

“…more than enough to satisfy a chocoholic’s wildest dreams.”
Bookpage, February 2009

“For the true chocoholic mom. The beautiful volume contains recipes for cookies, bars and brownies, elegant desserts, tea and coffee cakes, candy savory dishes, drinks and more. Full-color photos illustrate step-by-step recipes, and chocolate history and anecdotes enrich the book as well.”
Fancy Food & Culinary Products, February 2009

About The Authors:
Carla Bardi
grew up in Tuscany and currently operates a small vineyard in Italy with her husband. She is the author of many internationally successful cookbooks, most of them devoted to regional Italian cooking.

Claire Pietersen trained at Westminster College, London, as a chef, and has specialized for many years in pastry cooking. Currently, she lives and works in Melbourne, Australia, exploring and developing new recipe ideas.


Hardcover w/jacket / 704 Pages / 6 1/2 x 8 9/16 / 2008


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