Chocolate Shops

The Chocolate Hunt is on!

You would not believe the things my editor asks me to do.  No, seriously.  We're having a nice peaceful dinner, and all the sudden she asks me if I can do a guide to my favorite U.S.-based chocolatiers for CHOCOLATE 3 (title a tiny bit...

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Buddhas! 40 Buddhas!

Oh-ho-ho, as the French would say about this time in a deep, grumbly, entirely satisfied voice.  If you are wondering what would make a person happy, this.  This would make a person happy: No, wait.  It gets better.  You remember how I posted about the utterly...

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Ganache, Jacques Genin

A very nice article on THE CHOCOLATE THIEF research by Neil Offen in the Herald-Sun today. And a little picture of some of that research, Sophie Vidal spreading ganache in Jacques Genin's laboratoire.  Honestly, if I could take better photos, I wouldn't have to write so...

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Chocolate for the Day: CaliBressan Buddha

I knew that Pool of Liquid Heaven review reminded me of something. And yes, I may very well be mentioning it for the rest of my life.  It's been nagging at me, because as soon as I read it, I thought--there's a perfect chocolate out...

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Michel Chaudun, and my favorite autograph

As I am signing ARCS for THE CHOCOLATE THIEF and sending them out, I keep thinking about one of the men who helped me learn enough to write these books, and also gave me one of my favorite autographs ever. Michel Chaudun, considered by quite a...

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Chocolate: Miel Bonbons

Honestly, I love my job.  Follow your passions, that's what I say.  If they are chocolate and writing, you may one day find yourself doing research--Research, with a capital R, that you can TAX DEDUCT--with the finest chocolate and pastry makers in the world.  And...

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