"The Essence of Chocolate" from John Scharfeenberger and Robert Steinberg is not just a cookbook. I will focus on it's ability to be a good or poor cookbook in a bit but first let me discuss what else this book offers. If what I write today sounds interesting to you, your purchasing it through the above link will help us continue to bring you good posts as well as a surprising price for this hefty book that I received as a birthday gift from my in-laws back in September 2009.
As with all cookbooks I review either here on The Chocolate Cult or online bookstores, I try at least three recipes before writing my review. For this book I made one type of candy, one type of cookie and one type of bread. None of these recipes were for treats I had any previous experience with so this was a true test of writers and editors ability to communicate clearly with me as well as my ability to follow directions. Without exception each of these recipes resulted in wonderfully tasty treats though each required an adjustment or two from me based on what I had access to in my hometown.
Over all I think this is a great general book on chocolate with wonderful recipes. Now if it would only lay flat, it would be nearly perfect. Remember if you are interested in this book or others I've reviewed, you can find links to them on the left hand column after the networking connections.
Sisters and Brothers, may you too take the time to slowly appreciate what the Divine and human ingenuity have offered you in chocolate.