Thursday, July 10, 2014

Two Great Chocolate Recipe Books for Only $5!

Are you looking for some great chocolate books to get you started on your chocolate & pastry creation journey? I just found two great books on sale (only $5 CAD each, savings of about $35 each) at Chapters-Indigo this week:

  • Divine Heavenly Chocolate Recipes with a Heart by Linda Collister (sponsored by the Divine brand of chocolate bars)
  • La Maison du Chocolat "Timeless Classics with a Twist" by Gilles Marchal and photography by Veronique Durruty

The recipe creator and writer of the Divine book, Linda Collister, is both Cordon Bleu-trained and La Varenne-trained and is considered a baking and chocolate expert. All the royalties from the sale of the book benefit farmers of Kuapa Kokoo cooperative in Ghana, which is an added bonus of purchasing the book.

I am most excited to try Ms. Collister's version of the Flourless French Torte (p.126), which differs from my usual recipe. And I cannot wait to dig into the cheesecake and mousse sections of the book. What's more, there is a Pain au Chocolat recipe that differs from my own on page 62, which is definitely worth a try.

La Maison du Chocolat is a gourmet chocolate maker that was founded in 1977 (the year I was born, so I guess I am meant to study this book) and now sells award winning confections in sixteen shops in Paris, London, Cannes, Tokyo, New York and Hong Kong.  The creative director who is both a chocolatier and a pastry chef provides the recipes that made the business famous and also includes new recipes.  There are also great instructions for working with chocolate.

Most interestingly, La Maison du Chocolat book is all about the pictures, which are stunning and artistic. I am super excited to try the Salvador Ganache and so many other recipes in this book!

Here is all the info you need to get your hands on these books:

Chapters Indigo website:


La Maison du Chocolat publisher:


  1. Thank you for sharing these awesome books! I've been wanting to try and make some fun treats for my date nights with my hubby. I think it would be great to surprise him with something like this since he's a pretty big chocoholic. Hopefully they're still that low price!

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