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Bean-to-Bar Chocolate

America’s Craft Chocolate Revolution: The Origins, the Makers, and the Mind-Blowing Flavors

By Megan Giller

Foreword by Michael Laiskonis

Author Megan Giller invites fellow chocoholics on a fascinating journey through America’s craft chocolate revolution. Learn what to look for in a craft chocolate bar and how to successfully pair chocolate with coffee, beer, spirits, cheese, or bread. This comprehensive celebration of chocolate busts some popular myths (like “white chocolate isn’t chocolate”) and introduces you to more than a dozen of the hottest artisanal chocolate makers in the US today. You’ll get a taste for the chocolate-making process and understand how chocolate’s flavor depends on where the cacao was grown — then discover how to turn your artisanal bars into unexpected treats with 22 recipes from master chefs.

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The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards US winner, Chocolate category

“Shedding some much-needed sunshine on an ever-expanding delectable industry, Megan not only reminds us that our favorite treat starts out as a vegetable, but also shows the painstaking process these little beans go through to achieve global stardom. Her wit and charm come through on each tasty page.” — Johnny Iuzzini, pastry chef and author of Dessert FourPlay and Sugar Rush 

“I thought I knew chocolate, but that was before reading this lively primer, which tells us all we need to know about chocolate’s history, production, labeling, and more. It delivers on every level: stimulating our appetite for knowledge, then sating our cravings with luscious recipes.” — Darra Goldstein, editor-in-chief, The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

“What you need to know, right now, about the US bean-to-bar movement, no-holds-barred. Giller takes us behind the scenes with our favorite chocolate makers and invites us to explore hands-on with delicious recipes and tastings.” — Pam Williams, founder, Ecole Chocolat Professional School of Chocolate Arts

“An exhaustive look at the world of craft chocolate, featuring some of my favorite makers. What’s not to like about a whole book on chocolate?” — Anna Jones, chef and author of A Modern Way to Eat and A Modern Way to Cook

“Easy-to-follow recipes and informative diagrams with helpful descriptions for the novice palate!” — Michael Recchiuti, founders of Recchiuti Confections

“Finally, someone sheds some light on the bean-to-bar journey, which can seem obscure but also results in flavors that are fireworks for your mouth.” — Jacques Torres, pastry chef and chocolatier

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September 19, 2017
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