Cook the Book: 'Chocolate Epiphany'

Book CoverFrom classic cakes, tarts, and cookies, to newfangled churros, marshmallows, and pain perdu, the recipes in this week's Cook the Book selection all have one key ingredient in common: chocolate, and lots of it.

In Chocolate Epiphany, fêted French pastry chef François Payard (owner of New York's acclaimed Payard Pâtisserie & Bistro and author of two previous cookbooks, Bite Size and Simply Sensational Desserts) turns his attention exclusively to chocolate, in all its luscious incantations.

The 100 recipes range in difficulty from simple-yet-impressive chocolate crème brûlées and chocolate-honey madeleines (perfect for beginner home cooks) to show-stopping chocolate gâteau de crêpes with green tea cream and chocolate pavlovas with chocolate mascarpone mousse (a sumptuous challenge for ambitious bakers). According to François, his purpose in writing this book was to "give you options to explore chocolate at whatever level you with to make irresistible desserts for loved ones."

In addition to chapters devoted to Breads and Brunch; Cookies and Petit Fours; Candies and Chocolates; Custards, Mousses, Meringues and Ice Cream; Tarts; Cakes; and Plated Desserts, François includes special sections devoted to "The Many Shapes of Chocolate" (such as bars, chips, and nibs), and tips on how to store chocolate, prevent seizing when melting, and properly temper it for a perfect, glossy finish.

Win 'Chocolate Epiphany'

We’ll be excerpting a recipe from Chocolate Epiphany each day this week. In addition, you can enter to win one of five (5) copies of this delectable dessert compendium. Simply tell us in the comments section below: if you could eat chocolate only once more in your lifetime, what would you have?

Five (5) people will be chosen at random from among eligible comments below. Comments will close Monday, September 1 at noon ET. The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.

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