Gooseberry Patch called "Our Favorite Chocolate Recipes" for about $7. I tried three recipes out of it and today I want to share the results of those recipes and a summary of the problems I found in the book that you can overcome if you have enough experience with chocolate and cooking.
I like that this book is small, 6 X 4.5 inches which means it can go on small bookshelves though it might get lost next to the huge cookbooks in your collection. It is also spiral bound which I find incredibly helpful when I'm cooking because I don't have to have a special book holder or put something on the pages to hold it open. It has 127 pages which include two pages about the types of chocolate you may need for these recipes, line drawings which most often are not of the recipe on that page, and an index arranged by the type of food (beverages, breakfasts, cakes, etc) though the book itself does not have neatly arranged chapters.
A note about white chocolate: Make sure what you are getting is white chocolate. I used Baker's white chocolate for baking in this and for another recipe I'll talk about in a week or so I got a bag of the store brand chips from Kroger. Here's the thing that annoyed me, actually it more than annoyed me. A national brand had "white morsels" that were NOT chocolate, no cocoa butter at all in them. Now they didn't lie because no claim was made on the package but to the average person for supplies for baking and candy making, you could think these were white chocolate just by their look and their location. Always check the ingredients on the package, don't allow yourself to use something that isn't white chocolate if you plan to serve something with the Sacred Substance in it.
Overall I found the book had very simple recipes and therein is a slight problem. For the experienced cook this shouldn't be a big deal, you draw upon your work with previous recipes of a similar nature to decide what to do. But for the brand new cook, especially if you are working with chocolate which can burn, seize, or bloom under certain not uncommon conditions and thus get ruined easily, simple isn't always helpful. If you know an experienced cook who likes chocolate and you have a little money, you might look into this book.
Sisters and Brothers, may you too take the time to slowly appreciate what the Divine and human ingenuity have offered you in chocolate.