Pure Chocolate Autographed Cookbook
Pure Chocolate is an autographed cookbook with divine desserts and sweets from Fran Bigelow, the creator of Fran's Chocolates.
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket, 234 pages.
Author: Fran Bigelow and Helene Siegel
Description: In 1982, Fran Bigelow proudly opened the doors to Fran's Chocolates, a boutique storefront styled after European chocolate salons, where she could showcase the pure flavors of the exquisite confections she had spent years perfecting. Chocolate lovers in Seattle immediately beat a path to Madison Street to taste desserts as wonderful as anything in Paris or Belgium. Over the past two decades, Fran Bigelow has grown into a world-class chocolatier, operating two elegant shops that enjoy cult status in Seattle and beyond, by way of her mail-order and Internet business.
Now, in her debut cookbook, Fran reveals the magic behind her addictive creations: how she manipulates a few ingredients -- butter, cream, eggs, sugar, salt, vanilla, and nuts -- to create sublime textures and highlight pure flavors in her elegant modern desserts. The seventy-five recipes included here range from extravagant celebration cakes and holiday specialties (White Chocolate Torte, Souffled Chocolate Mocha Roll) to European-style fruit-and-nut tarts (Chocolate Cherry Tart, Milk Chocolate Creme Fraiche Tart), souffles, cheese- cakes (White Chocolate Brie Cheesecake, a Fran specialty), homemade ice creams (Dark Chocolate and Ginger Bombe), and extraordinary renditions of American classics, including brownies, chocolate cookies, the ultimate hot fudge sauce, and a chocolate milkshake that will instantly transport you back to childhood.
Fran also tells you everything you need to know about chocolate, from the different styles of chocolate making employed in Europe, South America, and the United States (and how each results in different flavors), to deciphering labels (which ingredients enhance meltability, for example), to how the amount of cocoa in different brands and styles of chocolate influences the final taste of a dessert. You will learn how to taste a truffle -- preferably in two bites—and the language of chocolate "signs," the squiggles atop candies. Recipes for some of Fran's award-winning confections are also included here: chocolate cherries and nut clusters; chocolate-stuffed fruits; easy cocoa-dusted truffles; more ambitious dipped truffles featuring liqueurs, coffee, vanilla, and other chocolate-friendly ingredients; and Chocolate Fondue, a perfect party dessert for children and adults alike.
Whether you are a cocoa connoisseur or devotee of the cacao bean with cravings that won't quit, Pure Chocolate is a must-have for any chocolate aficionado.
Condition: Good condition. Jacket has two fine scratches.