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The Chocolate Companion

This delightful book assembles the world's finest chocolates in one unique guide celebrating - and rating - the most luxurious, romantic, and popular of sweets...and depicting them in more than 200 beautiful full-color illustrations. Among connoisseurs, the intricacies of making chocolates are as serious as those of making wine. Step beyond the world of chocolate-covered brazils to explore such exotic flavors as cardamom and Earl Grey. Discover the light silky texture of makers such as Robert Linxe, or the inventive Swiss classical variety of Sprungli. Learn the secrets behind the art of couverture and how it affects the taste and texture of fine chocolates so that you can truly appreciate fresh chocolate truffles and other chocolate delicacies. Each chocolate is analyzed in detail, with valuable tasting notes and details on seasonal specialties and availability. Only brands containing the highest-quality ingredients are included in the directory, so that whether you are a chocaholic searching for a new chocolate sensation or are looking for original gift ideas, The Chocolate Companion will guide you to quite simply the finest chocolates in the world.
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Chantal Coady is the proprietor of Rococo, one of London's finest chocolate shops, which she founded in 1983 as an outlet for high-quality chocolates. In 1991, she established the Chocolate Society along with a fellow chocolyte, as they call themselves. The society is dedicated to promoting interest in fine handmade chocolates. Chantal is such a purist about chocolate that you can frequently find her deep in the jungles of South America in hot pursuit of the ultimate cocoa bean. Chantal is the author of Chocolate: Food of the Gods.

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