Chocolate...A Love Story (& GIVEAWAY)


Chocolate...A Love Story by Max Brenner

Artwork by Yonatan Factor
Little, Brown and Company
November 2009
ISBN: 978-0-316-05662-5

My Review:
Yes, Max Brenner is a Chocolate God.  Mr. Brenner has amazingly crafted the diverse flavors of chocolate to create 65 decadent recipes bound in this one book. You think you know dessert pizza? Think again. Max's Bad Boy Chocolate Pizza comes complete with a chocolate-hazelnut spread and topped with chopped marshmallows.  If that did not wet your appetite, how about A High School Bonfire Chocolate Melting Heart Cake that is filled with a mixture of heavy cream, marshmallows & white chocolate. My knees are getting weak just thinking about these delicious recipes.  What you will not find in this book is traditional pictures of the recipes.  This book is just as much about chocolate as it is about art, words and the intimate stories they tell. This book is seductive.

One final thought, my review would not be complete without the recognition of the artwork. What grabbed my attention among these 144 pages was the illustrations by Yonatan Factor. Page after page of pop art eye candy. I have found a new favorite artist. The pages of this book will one day be framed and hanging on my wall.


4 out of 5 stars

From the Publisher:
With gigantic vats of churning chocolate, desserts like their famous chocolate pizza, and 12 varieties of hot chocolate served in custom mugs, Max Brenner, Chocolate by the Bald Man has turned their line of hip, colorful themed restaurants into an international sensation.. Chocolate: A Love Story is a vibrant new cookbook that includes 65 original recipes narrated in the quirky, captivating voice of Max Brenner, the restaurant's visionary founder and "bald man." Bold original illustrations inspired by Art Deco poster graphics, full-color photographs, easy-to-follow, delicious recipes, and a serving of Max's unique vision for spreading "chocolate culture" around the world make this book a must for every chocolate lover.

You can learn more about Max Brenner at his website.

1. A copy of Chocolate A Love Story by Max Brenner will be sent directly to winner from Hachette Book Group. Your comment must be associated with an email address so I can contact you.
2. Only residents of the U.S. or Canada are eligible to win
3. No P.O. Boxes
4. Contest ends Tuesday, November 17th.


**Thank you Anna from Hachette Book Group for the opportunity to review.**



Amanda said...

Wow. This book not only appeals to me as a baker, but also as a Graphic Designer. So nice to see people thinking outside the box when it comes to cook books and food! Drooling all over the place here!


Jami - XOimagine said...

Sounds delicious! I'm a chocoholic - I need it everyday :) And yes, the artwork is really eye-catching!

Cute blog - I'll be back!

SaundraM300 said...

I gained 5 pounds just thinking about it. Can't wait to read this book!
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SaundraM300 said...

I gained 5 pounds just thinking about it. Can't wait to read this book!
sandym204@ gmail dot com

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Anonymous said...

Hi! My name is Vicki and I'm a Chocoholic!

I really need this cookbook!!

readingatthebeach at gmail dot com

Mandyfish said...

Oh my goodness! I'd love to get my hands on this book!


Mitz said...

I have to agree with you and say thanks to Anna from Hatchette Books for giving this wonderful book to one of us.

I would love to have this book. I mean a great story, recipes and awesome pictures what more can you ask for out of a book.

I also have to say this is my first time here. I seen post on Book Blogs and came over from there. I must mention I love your header the doors are enchanting.


JoAnn in NJ said...

Chocolate is my FAVORITE food group! I'd love to win this!

Linda said...

Yummm! Chocolate - A love story
(I love your blog design by the way)
annarudow at gmail dot com

Laura at Library of Clean Reads said...

What a unique book! Chocolate recipes that are different are hard to find. Please count me in. By the way, beautiful header photos on this blog.

Callie Bright said...

Hey the book sounds great. I love looking at your blog. It has such great ideas and I love all the pictures. Hey, I need some measurement of Max so I can get started on his stuff for Christmas.


Amy said...

Wow, what a nice giveaway! Amy

elizabeth said...

would love to win the cookbook
thanks so much for the giveaway
enjoy your blog so much

Nancye said...

I would like to be entered to win this book.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Cheffer said...

This book looks amazing and I loved your review about it. Great Giveaway!