Lora Brody Chocolate American Style

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Chocolate American Style

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A chocolate lover born and bred, Lora Brody knows better than anyone that when the urge to splurge strikes, there
is no substitute for rich, silky, sumptuous chocolate in one of its many delectable guises. Chocolate reigns supreme on a short list of national treasures, ranking right up there with Ted Williams and Mickey Mouse. Add a dose of American ingenuity and you've got the perfect recipe for indulgence.

In this lovingly compiled collection of sweet treats both plain and fancy, Lora Brody builds an irresistible case or eating chocolate morning, noon, and night. In chapters entitled The Candy Store, Comfort Me with Chocolate, Chocolate for Breakfast, Isn’t It Romantic?, and more, she presents the stuff of which a chocolate lover's dreams are made. Start the day with Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Chocolate Butter or Chocolate Monkey Bread, perk up a lunch box with homemade Whoopie Pies or Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake Brownies, or take a trip down memory lane with Tunnel of Fudge Cake and real Boston Cream Pie. Set a festive mood with White Chocolate Heath Bar Cheesecake or Chocolate Raspberry Torte. There's even a section of fun-to-make chocolate favorites that are perfect for kids. Whether the occasion is a formal celebration requiring a showstopper, a casual meal with family, or simply an after-school snack, there is a chocolate indulgence to make the moment that much sweeter. Lora Brody's always letter-perfect recipes guarantee this is a collection chocolate lovers will return to time and again.

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Having confessed her jones for chocolate in Growing Up on the Chocolate Diet: A Memoir with Recipes Lora Brody celebrates her love affair with the Dark Lord in her cookbook, Chocolate American Style. What she calls American style might best be summed up as, "I want it and I want it now!" To which Lora Brody responds with, "Just how would you like to deliver chocolate to your mouth?" She leaves no chocolate base unturned.

Candy? There's an entire chapter (the complexities of melting and tempering are covered in Chapter One, "A Primer for the Home Cook," in which the author spells out what you need and what to do with it, fast and sweet and easy, with the marvelous closing line at the open door, "remember that no matter what your dessert looks like, the fact that you took the time and energy to make it instantly puts it ten pegs above anything you could buy a store."). You might think breakfast was out of the question, Cocoa Puffs aside. To which the author delivers chocolate caramel sticky buns, chocolate chip pancakes with chocolate butter, and chocolate-filled monkey bread. Brody moves through flans, pudding, pies, fudge cakes; through birthday cakes, marble cakes, tortes, and ice cream rolls; through home-made ice cream, fudge sauce, chocolate sauce, and frappe; through Old World faves brought here by our immigrant elders. She tackles pound cakes, cookies, brownies galore, moon rocks, chocolate squares and, Russell Crowe Bars, which border on don't ask don't tell. She encourages in a chapter all its own--"Kids in the Kitchen"--recruiting children to the ways of the Dark Lord. Shameless. And then there's romance. Make that, "Romance." Again, an entire chapter that distills the essence of the romantic gesture into all manner of chocolaty deliciousness.

Brody is a consummate pro--20 cookbooks into a sterling career--and she doesn't miss a beat. She knows a thing or two about producing a recipe that delivers. Some cookbooks come from the heart. Chocolate American Style, on the other hand, comes straight from the Lora Brody's central nervous system. It's a chocoholic's dream come true. --Schuyler Ingle

About the Author:

LORA BRODY is the bestselling author of more than twenty cookbooks. Her ingenious bread machine cookbooks have sold more than 400,000 copies, and her book Chocolate, for the Williams-Sonoma Kitchen Library series, has sold more than 130,000 copies. She has loved chocolate all her life--indeed, her first book was Growing Up on the Chocolate Diet: A Memoir with Recipes. Ms. Brody's recipes have appeared in such publications as the New York Times Sunday Magazine, the Boston Globe, and the Los Angeles Times, and in books including Maida Heatter's Book of Great Chocolate Desserts and Cooking with Craig Claiborne and Pierre Franey. She has appeared as a featured chef on the Julia Child PBS series Baking at Julia’s, as well as on Good Morning America, Today, and Food Network.

WEBB CHAPPELL specializes in portraits and food and travel photography. He works out of his studio in Boston.

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