Chocolate Bliss describes how completely chocolate touches the culinary heart of the world. In this compact and pretty package, Chocolate Blisscelebrates the rich and diverse culture, delights, and benefits of chocolate.
Chapter one, “Good Taste: Exploring Your Favorite Chocolates,” provides culinary information on how to taste and appreciate chocolate through all five senses. The recipes featured in this chapter—for bon bons, marbled pound cake, brownies, and hot cocoa—reflect how strongly chocolate appeals to the senses.
Chapter two, “Health and Beauty: How Chocolate Helps You Inside and Out,” summarizes nutritional information and discusses how chocolate contributes to overall wellness. These recipes—for healthy snacks, sauces, body lotions, scrubs, and soap—show how chocolate can be incorporated into a health-conscious lifestyle.
Chapter three, “Good Works: How You Can Help Chocolate,” explores the people and sustainable agricultural practices of chocolate’s growing regions, as well as how to give back. The recipes here are earthy—chicken with mole negro sauce, cocoa chili, and fair trade mocha lemon cheesecake—and are inspired by the people who grow chocolate.
Chapter four, “Share the Love: The Gift of Chocolate,” looks at cultural gift-giving traditions featuring chocolate. These recipes feature birthday cakes, cupcakes, cookies and icing. The book lists many resources, including websites, blogs, organic companies, and worthy organizations supporting sustainability and biodiversity.
Part cookbook and part gift book, Chocolate Bliss is a delicious hybrid and thoughtful book about all things chocolate. It makes a wonderful holiday present, especially when paired with a bar of chocolate, a tin of cocoa, some black forest cupcakes (see page 121 for recipe), or some homemade chocolate mint foot rub (see recipe on page 66). Share the bliss!
Susie Norris is an artisan chocolatier, pastry chef, and culinary school instructor. Her chocolate business is called Happy Chocolates (www.happychocolates.com). Visit her chocolate information website www.chocolatebliss.biz. She is available for events and interviews. She divides her time between Los Angeles and the Berkshires.