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Cookbook Review: 'the Art Of Chocolate Making' Is A Tasty Treat Of A Cookbook

Cookbook review: 'The Art of Chocolate Making' is a tasty treat of a cookbook Published: Tuesday, Oct. 15 2013 4:05 p.m. MDT Updated: Tuesday, Oct. 15 2013 5:59 p.m. MDT "The Art of Chocolate Making" is by Anne Scott, the owner of a chocolate shop in England. Cedar Fort Enlarge photo» Summary Discover the secrets of master chocolatiers in "The Art of Chocolate Making." Anne Scott shares her knowledge of melting, tempering, dipping and molding in this easy to follow guide. More Coverage "THE ART OF CHOCOLATE MAKING, " by Anne Scott, Front Table Books, $29.99, 159 pages In "The Art of Chocolate Making," award-winning chocolatier Anne Scott takes readers through the steps necessary to make professional quality chocolate in their own homes. Scott had always enjoyed making chocolate, but in 2005, she and her husband opened an artisan family business called Auberge du Chocolat. Their shop, in Chesham, England, specializes in chocolates, gelato and fudge. This cookbook teaches the history of chocolate, the intricacies involved in making chocolate, and multiple mouth-watering recipes readers can try themselves. Scott believes that the more you know about the origins of chocolate, the more you will enjoy eating it. "The Art of Chocolate Making" is full of chocolate trivia such as, the ancient Mayan translation of the food is "God food" and that the cacao bean, the bean from which chocolate originates, can only grow in a few spots in the world. Although chocolate is common place now, at one point it was such an exquisite rarity that only the most wealthy of citizens had even seen or tasted it. Scott attempts to bring back the delicacy of chocolate by showing readers just how fine chocolate should taste by skipping the store-bought candy and making their own. After Scott guides readers through the background of the dessert, she instructs on the different methods of chocolate making with options like tempering, tabling and seeding. Chocolate making may seem complicated, from the types of chocolate to the decision whether to make a ganache or a truffle, but Scott makes the process seem easy enough for beginners by the simple steps and helpful photographs. With recipes to suit every taste, and photographs to match, the process of chocolate making can be something to enjoy as a family. Recipes range from flavored chocolates to fun-shaped chocolates for children. Vanilla Chocolates 7.5 ounces white chocolate, chopped or in pellet form, for enrobing 3.5 fluid ounces double cream (or substitute) 5 ounces milk chocolate, chopped or in pellet form 1 ounce unsalted butter, softened seeds from half a vanilla pod and a few drops good-quality vanilla extract 7 ounces white chocolate 1. Temper (the white chocolate for enrobing) and spread about a quarter of the tempered chocolate onto a sheet of grease-proof paper. Leave to set. When dry to the touch, cut out circles from the thin layer of about one-half inch in diameter. 2. Warm the cream. Add the milk chocolate and stir until all the chocolate is incorporated. If you still have lumps of chocolate, warm the mixture for about 10 seconds in the microwave and stir again until melted. 3. Blend in the butter, vanilla seeds and vanilla extract and whisk until light and smooth. Using a piping bag, pipe small mounds of the ganache onto the white discs of chocolate and leave to set. 4. When set, temper the remaining white chocolate to dip each chocolate to fully seal it. Leave the chocolates to set before cutting away any “feet.” Tara Creel is a Logan native and mother of three boys. Her email is taracreel@gmail.com. Twitter: CreelTara Related Stories Now that sounds like a promising book. 10:04 a.m. Oct. 16, 2013 Top comment

Christmas Bliss

Add to my list This book is in your list Remove KIRKUS REVIEW Andrews (Ladies’ Night, 2013, etc.) spreads tidings of comfort and bundles of joy in her latest Weezie Foley and BeBe Loudermilk romp, the fourth in her Southern series. Readers don’t have to be familiar with Andrews’ previous books about the Savannah-based best friends to enjoy this follow-up to Blue Christmas (2006). Jean Eloise Foley, aka Weezie, is finalizing plans for an intimate wedding ceremony on Christmas Eve, a scant week away, while her fiance’s in New York serving as a guest chef in a prestigious restaurant. Unable to wait a week until Daniel returns home for the nuptials, especially when she spies a photo of him in a gossip sheet with the gorgeous owner, Weezie hops a plane to the Big Apple to surprise him, thanks to BeBe’s frequent flier miles. Meanwhile, BeBe’s experiencing a great deal of discomfort of her own. She and her boyfriend, Harry, are expecting a baby in six weeks’ time, and she’s feeling as huge as a whale, taking care of a business, trying to oversee renovations on a new home and hiding a disturbing secret from Harry—all while dogsitting Jethro, Weezie’s dog, who’s not exactly howling with delight to be in BeBe’s care. As Weezie worries from afar about her dad’s increasing forgetfulness, her mother’s insistence on baking fruitcake for all the wedding guests and her friends’ flamboyant decorating ideas, she revels in the magical feeling of exploring NYC during the holiday season. Then she’s hit with a bombshell that may seriously impact her life. Important decisions loom for both couples as Weezie and Daniel’s wedding and BeBe’s due date rapidly approach, but will everyone live happily ever after? Readers can expect a delightful diversion that’s fast paced, character-driven and extremely fun. Andrews delivers a blissfully divine holiday gift. Pub Date:Oct. 15th, 2013
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Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy By Helen Fielding – Review

5934763344997318688.jpgBridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding – review Older, sadder but none the wiser, Bridget Jones remains the quintessential comic heroine on her third outing Jump to comments (…) Renée Zellweger as the old Bridget Jones, pre-nicotine gum. Photograph: Sportsphoto Ltd/ Allstar Collection/ Cinetext Bridget Jones, you could argue, was the first truly modern comic heroine. Back in the mid-90s, through Bridget and her friends, Helen Fielding identified the confusion of a new generation of women and – crucially – allowed her readers to laugh at it. The books went on to sell 15m copies in 40 countries, were adapted into two hit films and turned their heroine into shorthand for a particular type of contemporary womanhood. Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding Tell us what you think: Star-rate and review this book Now the author has revived Bridget, nearly 20 years on, to negotiate a whole new sexual and cultural landscape. The girlish style has not changed, despite being 51: Bridget still obsessively logs her weight, her alcohol units and pieces of Nicorette gum (she's given up the Silk Cut); to this litany of guilt she can now add embarrassing texts, tweets and Botox. At times this tone (Gah! Hurrah! V v good, etc) makes her sound annoyingly like a giddy teen, as it always did. But there is a shadow over this new instalment: Bridget is now a widow and mother of two small children. Despite the distress of many fans, it's a brilliant solution to the obvious problem of a third book. Bridget's raison d'etre is the quest for a man, so the happy ending she found in The Edge of Reason must be reversed, returning her to her natural state of hapless relationships and self-help books. By making her a widow, Fielding allows Mark Darcy to remain as implausibly perfect in death as he was in life (killed by a landmine while negotiating the release of aid workers in Sudan, no less), avoiding any tarnishing of the dream with a messy divorce and offering plenty of scope for tear-jerking moments with the children. But she uses these darker notes sparingly; Bridget's very British determination to "Keep Buggering On", as she puts it, nudges the tragedy to the periphery most of the time, but it does give the character a poignancy she lacked before. Mad About the Boy begins four years after Mark's death, as Bridget emerges from the first raw shock of grief to engage with the dating scene again. And how different that scene looks now – when she was last single there was no Twitter, sexting or online dating, and a cougar was just a big cat. Fielding enjoys milking all of these for comic possibilities, though Bridget's being such a technological late adopter makes a lot of the observational comedy sound dated. She's on surer ground when it comes to slapstick and there are some lovely set pieces based on misunderstandings and bad timing – usually when Bridget happens to run into her son's disapproving (yet ruggedly handsome) teacher, Mr Wallaker. As if to compensate for the cruel blow she has dealt Bridget, Fielding has made her leading men even more idealised here, but that has always been part of the character's appeal – the ordinary heroine who wins her romantic hero not by being the perfect woman, but by being her clumsy self. And why not? It's fiction. I've always been surprised at how furiously some women work themselves up over Bridget in the name of feminism. She's not Minister for Women, she's just a character in a romantic comedy, a genre that has always demanded resolution in the form of lovers uniting. In reviving Bridget now, Fielding has dared to question the happy ending, and in doing so she holds a mirror up to our changing values. True love is not guaranteed for life, even in romcoms, and women in their 40s and 50s are no longer prepared to fade away, alone and invisible. Bridget chronicles all this in her own inimitable voice; she is supposed to be ridiculous and often infuriating. But she is also very human, with all her insecurities, and if you don't shed a few tears in the course of this book, you must have a heart of ice. In the end, though, it's hard not to feel that Fielding is hampered by her own legacy. Bridget has spawned so many imitators in the intervening years that all this ground feels very well trodden. Even so, those of us who loved her the first time will be glad to welcome her back – big pants, fillers and all. Sign up for the Guardian Today Our editors' picks for the day's top news and commentary delivered to your inbox each morning.
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September Inspirational Overview

5925378647854658914.jpgFind it! By Author / By Title Search over 40,000 reviews Try our Advanced Book Search Help Advanced Book Search Search books by title, genre, publication month, publication year, and rating or search by any combination of these options (i.e. all Mysteries published in January 2001 with 4.5 rating). If you want to search for a name or phase, include quotation marks around your search term (example: "Deborah Smith") Visitor Login Visitor login is required to post a review and comment on the blog and other interactive features on the site. Use your same username and password to register for the RT Forums. September Inspirational Overview BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 10, 2013 | PERMALINK Sometimes it’s hard to let go of the past, no matter how dark or lovely, but sometimes a simple change in scenery can help people move on and walk toward a brighter future. In this month’s inspirational recommendations, we’re highlighting five endearing stories about moving on, both literally and figuratively. Take a look! *** In The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate , Tandi Reese finally escapes an abusive relationship and leaves Texas with her two children to start over in the Outer Banks. When her Iola, her new landlady, dies, Tandi is in charge of cleaning out the house and finds a box of letters Iola wrote to God over the past 80 years. As she reads the letters, Tandi comes to learn more about herself and where she wants her life to go next. John Hershberger travels to Apple Creek seeking answers about who he is and where he comes from in The Road Home by Patrick E. Craig. When John meets Jenny Springer, a woman who wants answers about her own heritage as well, the two of them find themselves falling in love and learning that God always has a bigger plan in mind. Meanwhile, in Prairie Song by Mona Hodgson , Anna and her family face the loss of Anna’s brother and mother in the aftermath of the Civil War. Anna’s grandfather blames God, and she hopes moving to California will help ease the pain. When her family meets Caleb Reger, a man with a secret Quaker past, they might finally be on the path to a new start. And in Love Still Stands , Kelly Irvin weaves a heartfelt story about Bethel Garber and her move to New Hope, Missouri to start an Amish community there. Before the move, however, Bethel is in an accident that leaves her with a serious injury. But when she meets Shawn McCormack, a disabled veteran, at the physical therapy clinic, Bethel has to figure out what God has in mind for her future. Last, but not least, in A Plain Disappearance , Chloe Humphrey is finally settling into her new surroundings of Appleseed Creek with her new ex-Amish boyfriend, Timothy, in this third installment of Amanda Flower ’s Appleseed Creek series. When the body of an Amish girl is found, Chloe and Timothy must race against time to track down the suspect before it’s too late. *** Want to be swept away by these heartfelt stories of new locations and new starts? Then be sure to purchase these books at your favorite store or online! And for more inspirational recommendations, check out our Everything Inspirational Page! Tags: Inspirational
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