Chocolate: A Love Story…


by Sarah Lagrotteria

Loves, I’ve been waiting months to share this exciting news with you.  Chocolate: A Love Story: 65 Chocolate Desserts from Max Brenner’s Private Collection, by Max Brenner and gorgeously illustrated in a fantastical, free association style by  Yonotan Factor has finally arrived in bookstores!

I’m overjoyed for three reasons.  First, who wouldn’t want  a beautiful recipe (and art book) devoted to chocolate?   Second, I was lucky enough to have the chance to work with Max and his assistant Danielle Sarna as a recipe consultant for this beautiful collection-an experience that had me marveling at the ingenuity of Max’s vision and stunned at just how much chocolate I can consume before needing a break (A LOT).  Third, because the book is now on bookshelves, I can share a few of my “behind-the-scenes” pictures of the beautiful, oooey-gooey, fluffy, rich and whimsical treats you’ll find inside!

If you haven’t looked through the book, I suggest you do.  Max Brenner (also known as The Bald Man) is kind, intelligent, fantastically creative and a true poet when it comes to chocolate.  Each recipe in the collection evokes one a personal memory for Max, who shares those memories in brief poetic passages that make this one of those cookbooks with voice.  It’s a joy to read.

Now on to the pix!


Airy profiteroles waiting to be filled with chocolate coconut pastry cream and drizzled with chocolate ganache


A to-die-for homemade doughnut served warm with a sprinkle of powdered sugar…


and filled to oozing with warm raspberry chocolate ganache.  The doughnuts might be my fave.


“Contentious” Chocolate cookies-made with dark and milk chocolates, dried apricots and candied orange zest.  Each bite is a riot of flavor.  I’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of this recipe.


Chocolate Spaghetti

Looks better than you thought, right?  I devoured two bowls leaning up against the kitchen island.  No time to sit when warm chocolate is cloaking the noodle like the most beautiful carbonara.


And, last, but not least, a HUGE, beautiful pavlova with fresh summer berries.

There are so many more delicious treats than the ones I’ve shown here.  It was a good run and it’s a very special book.


6 Comments on Chocolate: A Love Story…

  1. April
    November 8, 2009 at 11:15 pm (13 years ago)

    Ooh, I cannot wait to get this… though I remain a skeptic of chocolate spaghetti. I look forward to being proven wrong.

  2. Halie
    November 9, 2009 at 1:26 pm (13 years ago)

    Woah. I’m in love with all these pictures. I’ve never been a fan of jelly doughnuts but a chocolate filled one? That’s something I could get behind!

  3. applesandonions
    November 9, 2009 at 2:03 pm (13 years ago)

    Thanks girls! And yeah, there really are no words for that doughnut. xoxo

  4. applesandonions
    November 10, 2009 at 11:39 am (13 years ago)

    congrats Sarah! Those recipes were a lot of work. “we” at Apples & Onions are so proud of you.

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