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REVIEW: Adventures With Chocolate by Dawn Bevins of www.dawnbevins.co.uk


In an issue that endorses all that is indulgent, how could we not review a book all about chocolate? Better still a book by the wonderfully talented British chocolatier Paul A. Young.


Adventures with Chocolate was first published in 2009 and was reissued as a paperback earlier this year. If you missed it the first time round this review is for you! For anyone unfamiliar with Paul A. Young, he is a chocolatier famed for his experimental flavour combinations. Hailing from Yorkshire, Paul has been a pastry chef for Marco Pierre White and head chef for Quo Vadis in Soho. He now owns three chocolate shops in London, selling artisan chocolates created entirely by hand.


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introduction, but few have interested me as much as the one in Adventures With Chocolate. It reads warmly, like a nostalgic story giving a brief glimpse into Paul’s background and is written with such passion and enthusiasm that his love for chocolate feels contagious. He conjours up delightful imagery with all of the magic and romance of Willy Wonka, but stripped of the Dahl eccentricity.


The first chapter of the book recommends brands of chocolate you may want to try (there is a list of online resources at the back to help you locate them) and what kinds of flavours you could expect due to their different geographical origins. Most importantly, you are asked to indulge your senses by eating chocolate in order to learn to


identify complex flavours.


The second chapter “How To Make A Chocolate Truffle”, explains the history and making of ganache, tempering chocolate, how to make truffles


and advice on how to combine flavours.


The sense of indulgence comes into its own in the following six chapters, made up of eighty different recipes, ranging from the unbelievably simple to the slightly more complex. As you would expect there are a range of ganache and truffle recipes, but along side these you’ll find, cakes,


tarts, cocktails, as well as pesto, and a dessert tortellini.


Not all items have photography but there are a generous number of gorgeously rustic, full page


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