Chocolate Lover

A Baking Book—Decadent Treats

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Pub Date Sep 17 2024 | Archive Date Sep 16 2024

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An irresistible collection of 60 recipes in a special package with metallic silver paper (just like a chocolate bar) and luscious photos of every bake, including cookies, brownies, cakes, tarts, sweet breads, pastries, and more, all featuring white, milk, semisweet, or dark chocolate.

Melty pools of chocolate in a warm chocolate chip cookie. A decadent, perfectly fudgy brownie. An oh-so-nostalgic yellow birthday cake with whorls of chocolate buttercream.

If your mouth is watering, join the club—and rejoice! Because this cookbook is here to satiate your every chocolate craving. These recipes run the gamut from easy 15-minute pleasures to impressive kitchen projects that double and triple down on chocolatey goodness:

  • Weeknight treats like Peanut Pretzel Toffee Bark, Cocoa Tahini Marble Cookies, and Chewy Mochi Brownies
  • Giftable sweets such as Chocolate Pumpkin Babka and Orange Olive Oil Chocolate Cake
  • Morning indulgences from Lemon-Blueberry White Chocolate Muffins to Chocolate Frangipane Croissants 
  • Special occasion bakes, including Strawberry White Chocolate Chantilly Cake, Coffee Caramel and Nutella Tart, and a stunning Neapolitan Icebox Cake

With guidance on melting chocolate, making ganache, caramelizing white chocolate, and so much more, Chocolate Lover is an indispensable baking book for chocolate enthusiasts everywhere, sure to become cocoa-smudged and frosting-stained from years of love and use. This is the perfect gift for the chocoholic in your life (including yourself!).

An irresistible collection of 60 recipes in a special package with metallic silver paper (just like a chocolate bar) and luscious photos of every bake, including cookies, brownies, cakes, tarts...

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publiher for an advanced copy of "Chocolate Lover." All opinions are my own.

This wonderful book includes a collection of 60 recipes. The photos are wonderful and clear. Recipes include: cookies, brownies, cakes, tarts, sweet breads, pastries, and more, all featuring white, milk, semisweet, or dark chocolate. This will be a great addition to any bakers cookbook collection.

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Pictures are drool worthy. Going through this for the pictures alone was worth it. But the recipes were delicious and easy enough for a novice to attempt. Really enjoyed this one!

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Pros: The title of this book was all I needed to know I wanted to read it! I love to bake, specifically chocolate desserts, so this book dedicated to chocolate is one I need on my cookbook shelf. Almost all of the recipes appear to be accessible to cooks of all experience levels. I appreciated the photographs throughout because it is so helpful for me to have a guide of what something should look like when I am trying it for the first time.

Cons: The only con I can think of is that I was not eating something chocolate while reading this book.

Thank you to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for the opportunity to read this cookbook!

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4.5 stars!

If you love chocolate and you love to bake, this is the cookbook for you!

The author goes into depth about the various types of chocolates, baking temps, and multiple other descriptions to help baking easier.

Highly recommend for those bakers!

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What an amazing cookbook. You can tell how much the author loves chocolate and baking with this well planned and organized cookbook. The book is arranged by type of item like pies, cookies, etc. Each recipe includes a screen-lickingly good photo of the finished recipe as well as clear, exact instructions and ingredient list. If you are a novice baker she includes an in-depth list of recommended equipment and ingredients at the beginning of the book. I love the little blurb that accompanies each recipe that may explain why the recipe was picked or why it’s important to the author.

I’d definitely purchase this cookbook for myself or a chocolate fan in my life. I will definitely be making either the yellow chocolate chip birthday cake or the strawberry white chocolate chantilly cake for my birthday this year!

**Thanks to the author and publisher for the e-ARC I received via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.**

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This cookbook is a must for any chocolate lover or even if you just really like chocolate. This book has recipes for anything you can think of that uses chocolate. There is a listing of every kind of chocolate there is. I didn't know there was a caramelized white chocolate, or a black cocoa powder. These things really sparked an interest. I have seen and heard on cooking shows that you have to melt chocolate just right and they go into detail how to do it correctly so you won't waste any of the precious chocolate. Because you know they are saying that there could be a shortage. I learned how to bloom cocoa powder. I didn't know there was such a thing. You add cocoa powder to a hot liquid to activate the rich chocolate flavor. It keeps it from being metallic. They describe how to make ganache. This is all before you get to those lovely recipes. There's all kinds of cookie recipes, all kinds of bars, cakes both of the festive and snacking variety, pies, and donuts. There were some items I had never heard of before even on the baking competitions. I can't wait. to get started. You'll find me in the kitchen.

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Chocolate lover focuses on recipes all about chocolate and its many different forms. There is information on all the different varieties and how to work with chocolate. The cookbook is extremely clear on the procedures of chocolate making and the pictures are heavenly. Such good recipes.

The sections are Sweet Treats, Cookies, Brownies and Bars, Snacking Cakes, Celebration Cakes, Pies, and Tarts, Morning Treats, Fried and Chilled & Bakery Favorites.

Each recipe has a little recipe blurb, the ingredients, the amount, directions, storing procures (if needed), and many had variations plus a picture of the treat.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Thank you NetGalley for the ARC. If you love chocolate, this book is for you. And the pictures are gorgeous. And the few recipes that I tired were very easy to follow.

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This cookbook has everything to love!

The formatting is simple with clean, easy to read fonts. The book itself is informative. And while the recipes are all centered around chocolate, there’s a great variety in flavor profiles and textures, so it doesn’t get boring.

Also, can we talk about the photos that are included in this book?! They are stunning. The perfect mix of elegant and cozy.

Now, please excuse me while I shove some chocolate in my face.

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So many options for chocolate lovers of all skill sets and abilities!

Love the first chapter of really accessible chocolate snacks. The snacking cake section made my mouth water so bad! And the pictures made it even worse 🤣

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This is a chocolate lover's dream cookbook. I loved all the recipes and plan on buying this as I know that I will want to make these recipes over and over again!

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This is me. Chocolate lover. Chocolate runs in my veins.

If there was a better time to ditch my paleo diet, I'd do it for this book.

Chocolate Lover hits all the sweet spots I look for in a cookbook:

1. It's all about chocolate
2. Gorgeous photos of nearly every recipe
3. Unique twists on familiar recipes like raspberry goat cheese swirl blondies
4. I want to make everything
5. I want to read it all over again.

Some of the recipes are labor intensive, including the recipes in the Bakery Favorites section, but anything worth doing is worth all the steps.

The author provides a tutorial on the many kinds of chocolate, the utensils and cookware needed to begin your chocolate culinary journey.

There's also a super helpful Chocolate Basics 101 that includes how to melt chocolate, making ganache, caramelizing white chocolate, and much much more!

Even if you don't like chocolate (who are these people? I don't want to be friends with people who don't love chocolate), I think there's something for everyone here.

Now I just need to find someone to make all these treats for me!

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Chocoholics everywhere will be rushing to pick up one of the most delightful chocolate cookbooks, Chocolate Lover: A Baking Book―Decadent Treats , by celebrated pastry chef and blogger (Studio Baked), Michelle Song. Since chocolate is one of the most important food groups to many of us, she has made cravings for it even stronger with her amazing recipes containing both dark, light, and white chocolate.

The recipes are written the traditional manner with the ingredients listed first, followed by step-by-step instructions to insure picture perfect success. The recipes are easy to follow, and both beginning and advanced cooks will have no trouble duplicating them. These are recipes most of us will dream about.

Song has included beautiful, professional photographs of most of the decadent baked goods. The recipes range from stand-by classics to unique baked goods; there is something for everyone here. Some of the recipes have a long list of ingredients and are time consuming; others are a bit faster to put together. The recipes actually work, though, and are well worth every minute spent in the kitchen.

All told, this cookbook is absolutely awesome! Anyone who bakes will form a queue that grows every time the book is opened. The cookbook belongs on the cookbook shelf of anyone who loves to bake and loves chocolate (which is most of us). It deserves more than five stars.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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Don't we all just love chocolate? There's a lot of information in the beginning of this book about different types of chocolate and techniques, but I'm guessing people interested in this book are going to go right to the recipes.

The very first one that caught my eye was a recipe for Brown Butter - Chocolate Crispy Treats. I make Rice Krispy Treats fairly often. When I make this recipe, I'm sure my family will flip with joy. There are two other varieties, Peanut Butter Chocolate Treats and Bourbon Chocolate Treats. Hmm. Which to make first?

There are recipes for cookies, brownies, snacking cakes, celebration cakes (Strawberry White Chocolate Chantilly Cake sound good?), pies and tarts, morning treats, fried and chilled, and bakery favorites.

So many good things to eat! And so many mouthwatering photos.

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I am sorry to my family for all the weight we are about to gain because I want to make EVERYTHING in this cookbook!

The sections are well thought out considering the whole cookbook is about chocolate. There is a section in the beginning that explains the different types of chocolate and their uses. I enjoyed reading about special methods for chocolate like caramelizing it. (I didn't know you could do that?!)

The pictures are beyond gorgeous and there is enough in there that my visual learning style is quite satiated. The diversity is simply stunning too. Utilizing everything from white chocolate to dark in bark to pies. I am so excited to get into this!!!

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This book is full of so many yummy recipes! I love that the book is full of photos for each recipe. The chocolate treats look so good. I loved the introduction to ingredients and tools needed at the beginning of the book. The recipes are easy to follow and include easy to obtain ingredients. I can’t wait to start baking these yummy treats! If you are a chocolate lover, you need this book!

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While this cookbook is definitely not for beginners or people on a budget, it is definitely well done. I loved the wide variety of recipes offered and the note of substitutions. For someone like me who lives in a small town, substitutions are almost always necessary, especially for something like hazelnut flour. The book is also beautifully put together with all the great and helpful images.

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This chocoholic swooned over the luscious photos and the 60 recipes of amazing baked chocolate treats. Like
Chocolate Frangipane Croissants and Peanut Pretzel Toffee Bark and Strawberry White Chocolate Chantilly Cake. Mouthwatering to look at with easy to follow recipes, this delicious cookbook would be a great gift for the chocolate lovers in your life!

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Chocolate Lover
Michele Song
I only know of one person that doesn’t like chocolate…she shall remain nameless. Most people love chocolate and crave the decadent flavor of chocolate. There are 60 recipes in this book, and each will have your mouth watering. From cookies to brownies, to pastries, to cakes, etc. Chocolate Lover has it covered. This book is beautifully illustrated. Mother’s Day is just around the corner. This book will make a great gift plus maybe you will end up with a sweet treat for a thank you.
Thank you NetGalley for a copy of this book for review.

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YES! This book is absolutely amazing. I tend to really love cook books that focus on one ingredient, especially when they give you all of the ins-and-outs to really learn about that ingredient. Its a full learning experience, coupled with gorgeous photos and great recipes. Highly recommend this one for any Chocolate Lover!

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A wonderful cookbook for chocolate lovers who are looking to level up their baking skills. This is definitely what I could consider an Intermediate level cookbook in that, even though it explains everything very well, it does seem to expect the reader knows their way around the kitchen already. I loved how Song explains the different kinds of chocolate - I had heard of black cocoa powder before but didn't know what it was until now nor that I should mix it with regular Dutch process cocoa if I don't want my bakes to be crumbly. I am also a fan of the tips and techniques explanations - when to use chips vs chopped chocolate, how to infuse heavy cream, and the caramelizing white chocolate techniques especially!
My favorite recipes are the malted hot cocoa mix (I love malted milkshakes so this was an easy one to add to my pantry), the white chocolate macadamia nut cookies made me want to immediately edit my own tried and true recipe, the double chocolate zuccini cake (I grow zuccini and am always looking for more uses for it), and the Irish cream ganache!
I was also surprised by many of the recipes as some of them, like the lemon cream tart, I would never have expected to find in a chocolate recipe book!
This book would make a fantastic addition to any kitchen library and a perfect gift for bakers and chocolate lovers.

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Do you want some decadent recipes that contain chocolate - this is the book for you !

You will also learn how to make ganache, how to caramelize white chocolate and how to infuse heavy cream!

These recipes look delicious, a pro must have taken the photos! You will enjoy making strawberry matcha white chocolate bark, white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, creamy chocolate cheesecake bars, and the lucious - looking Gateau Concorde with chocolate meringue and creme fraiche mousse!

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As a chocoholic, I was in heaven with this book. I was super excited to find new treats to make with my obsession and I am happy to say I was not disappointed. I have at least 5 recipes that I want to try and make now! It has so much helpful information like the different types of chocolate, tips on the different ways to bake it, and it even let you know what other equipment you need for baking.

I love when cookbooks have recipes that include a picture of the finished dish. The instructions were clear and easy to understand especially if you have never baked before. The ingredients were easily visible. I also loved the little blurbs included some of the author’s memories about the dish. I will definitely purchase this when it is released.

Thank you to Michele Song and NetGalley for this e-ARC and for feeding my obsession.

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Chocolate Lover by Michele Song is amazing! The pictures are full of rich, decadent, ooey, gooey chocolate and I could not get enough! Anything and everything you could ever want in chocolate is covered. The start of the book gives all the essential background on picking the right chocolate or cocoa, some tips, and tricks, including equipment, and then the fun begins. Traditional staples are included, but I was inspired by so many new ideas. Cookies, cakes, bars, white chocolate, dark chocolate, simple, complex, light and airy and dark and heavy. Every recipe has a picture to guide and inspire your own attempts.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley and opinions expressed are solely my own, freely given.

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How can anyone say no to this book? The cover picture is drool-worthy and the title "Chocolate Lover" itself is good enough for me to want to read this book asap. And, this cookbook delivers everything I wanted in a cookbook! I can't wait to get my hands on this book when it's published and will probably gift it to dear friends and family members.

The author goes into depth about different types of chocolates, equipments, and ingredients and etc. for any level of bakers and the photos alone are worth reading. So beautiful and you can picture what the end result should look like which is a big plus for any bakers. I usually do not gravitate towards cookbooks that showcase one star ingredient, but this one is exceptional. There are recipes for cookies, bars, cakes for everyday and special occasions, pies, and donuts and I really appreciate it having a picture for each recipe. I also like the format and how well it's organized and written in a way the recipes look approachable and "not" intimidating. Truly a dream cookbook for any chocolate lovers and home bakers!

This cookbook is a must for anyone who loves cookbooks and I cannot recommend it enough!

* Thank you, NetGalley and Chronicle Books, for an advanced copy for review.

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Pinching myself to make sure I haven't died and gone to chocolate heaven!

As I was skimming through the book I landed on something quick and simple, Anytime Chocolate Snaking Cake, OMG, it was moist and amazing. All recipes are easy to follow, with simple ingredients and an image of each recipe. I will be adding this book to my cookbook shelf. Heck, just run on over to Amazon's website and take a look at the images of this book and you'll see for yourself what surprise recipes await you.

The contents are as listed: Sweet treats, cookies, brownies and bars, snacking cakes, celebration cakes, pies and tarts, morning treats, fried and chilled, and bakery favorites. Not all recipes are chocolate so something for everyone in this book.

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I devoured this book with my daughter who is admittedly the one with more interest in and knowledge of things to create in the kitchen. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this was something that taught both of us, kept both of our interest, without making either of us feel as though class was being put on hold while she caught the novices up.

The photography was stunning and as a chocolate lover, it would be worth my while to own it for that alone. I wouldn’t though because they merely showcase what she has inspired you to create as she has taught you all you need to know to recreate the recipes yourself. It is unlikely yours will turn out as picture perfect as hers at first but with such a kind textbook to guide you, I certainly won't mind going back to try it again until I do perfect it.

Thank you to Michele Song, Chronicle Books, and NetGalley to read this book and educate myself better about a subject dear to my heart (and thighs). All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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If you love baking with Chocolate and you love eating chocolate and you love beautiful pictures of chocolate, this is definitely the cookbook for you! So many wonderful recipes. Yum!😋 I thank Netgalley and Chronicle Books for the opportunity to read and review this cookbook.

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Beautiful cookbook full of great recipes and mouthwatering photos! There are 60 recipes including cookies, brownies, cakes, tarts, sweet breads, pastries, and more, all featuring white, milk, semisweet, or dark chocolate. I enjoyed reading through it and looking at the beautiful photos. So many recipes to try and they all look amazing! I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review

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I was able to test 4 recipes from this book and every one was a hit. This book is formatted very well and has gorgeous photography. Recipes were clear and the included pantry and equipment lists were thorough without being overwhelming.

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Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read and give an honest review of this book.

I love chocolate! This book really hits the spot.

The author begins by discussing the various types of chocolate and the products she uses for her recipes. She moves on to talking about the kitchen tools for success in baking her recipes.

Each recipe has a beautiful mouth watering picture accompanying it. It inspires one to try out the recipe! I love cookbooks with photos of each recipe.
For my baking style, this book is a bit too advanced. Each recipe has more ingredients and more steps to it than I usually undertake. However, I still would love to have a copy in my cookbook library, if only to take it out at times and marvel at the author’s creations in chocolate!

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Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for letting me review this book. The recipes look great and I can’t wait to try them! I love how there’s a picture to go with each recipe.

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First off, as a chocoholic this book appealed to me from the outset. Once I began delving deeper in the book, I noticed that this book is phenomenal for those with a sweet tooth. I love the tips and tricks in the beginning, and even as an avid baker, I learned several new techniques. I loved how even though each review contained some type of chocolate, they were very diverse with the other ingredients such as the use of fruit. The photos are beautiful and really entice the reader to want to make the recipes. I like how some recipes include variations to change up the recipe, if desired. Overall, I think this is a great idea for a cookbook. It is well executed with delicious recipes and clear instructions. I would definitely recommend to anyone with a sweet tooth.

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Chocolate Lover by Michele Song is a divine cookbook that would make any chocolate lover happy to own. The cookbook would make an excellent for cooks who love chocolate. That being written who doesn't like chocolate? The author writes about chocolate and the varieties of chocolate, with tips on how to work with chocolate, and tools and equipment used in chocolate cookery.

Her cookbook has the following chapters:

Sweet Treats
Brownies and Bars
Snacking Cakes
Celebration Cakes
Pies and Tarts
Morning Treats
Fried and Chilled
Bakery Favorites

I'll be asking my beloved to buy me this cookbook for Christmas I can't wait to try the Chocolate Chip Streusel Coffee Cake recipe as it looked like a delish breakfast treat. The White Chocolate Chip Confetti Cake looks beautiful and tasty and I can't wait to try the Triple Chocolate Cookies recipe too.

Review written after downloading a temporary book galley from NetGalley.

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