Chocolate: A Love Story by Max Brenner – Cookbook Review

I have a sweet treat to show you today! Hachette Book Club was kind enough to send me a great new cookbook to review.

Title: Chocolate: A Love Story
Author: Max Brenner
Illustrator: Yonatan Factor
Pages: 144
Size: 9″ x 13″

Publisher’s book description: “With gigantic vats of churning chocolate, desserts like their famous chocolate pizza, and 12 varieties of hot chocolate served in custom mugs, Max Brenner, Chocolate by the Bald Man has turned their line of hip, colorful themed restaurants into an international sensation.. Chocolate: A Love Story is a vibrant new cookbook that includes 65 original recipes narrated in the quirky, captivating voice of Max Brenner, the restaurant’s visionary founder and “bald man.” Bold original illustrations inspired by Art Deco poster graphics, full-color photographs, easy-to-follow, delicious recipes, and a serving of Max’s unique vision for spreading “chocolate culture” around the world make this book a must for every chocolate lover.”

My View
Umm…. YES! That’s what I have to say about this bigger than average cookbook! Yes, if you love over the top chocolate you need this book. I didn’t know what to expect when I signed p to review Chocolate: A Love Story, but I have found that it’s truly a cookbook collector’s favorite type of book. One that you can sit down and “read” through. Most recipes are forwarded with a blurb that reads like a journal entry or creative account of the recipe’s origins.

Although I love all of the graphic art images that depict each recipe, it would be nice if there were a few more actual pictures of what the finished product is supposed to look like. I’m a visual cooker so I like to see what I’m making. This is only a small detraction from the book though and I don’t think it greatly reduces the appeal at all. With descriptive names such as “Heaven-on-earth cocoa tarte tatin (made of golden apples with the red of the cheeks of a beautiful girl and caramel perfume)”, “My very own pie manifest (with roasted pecans, dark chocolate honesty, and beautiful vanilla essence), or “A high school bonfire chocolate melting heart cake (with a soft marshmallow first memory hidden inside) who needs a picture! I counted and out of the 65 recipes, 15 have photos of real food vs artfully portrayed food.

Overall I do believe this cookbook would make a great gift for both chocolate and art lovers. It’s highly entertaining and delicious!

Visit Max Brenner’s website to learn more about his career as a chocolatier & restaurant owner.

Buy It!
Chocolate: A Love Story can be purchased at various retailers including Hachette Book Club and Amazon (currently priced at $19.79 new).

* FTC compliant disclosure: I was sent a copy of “Chocolate: A Love Story” only to facilitate my candid and honest review. All opinions are my own, yours may vary. No other compensation was received. Review post “Buy It” section does contain an Amazon affiliate link which if purchased through will allow me to gain a very small commission. (To date I’ve earned $0, lol!) I was given the opportunity to review this product because of my membership at The Product Review Place *

About the Author

Henrietta Newman is a self-loving empty-nester into smudging, nature, yoga, fitness, healthy living, hunting, camping, hiking, tech, video games, gadgets, recipes, reviews and more.
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  1. 1
    The Penny-Pinching Mama says

    OMG now you're killing me!! :)

  2. 2

    That sounds really fun to read. Since I haven't felt much like cooking or baking or anything in almost three years I would love to sit down and browse this one. Then tag all the things I want to try and hand it over to my teenager who loves to bake and cook. :)

    No, you big meanie, I'm off to do a meme. LOL

  3. 3

    I have goota find this book after reading you great review! It looks like is has some amazing recipes!

  4. 4

    Very delicious.
    Thanks for the recipe:)


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