Guittard Chocolate Cookbook: Decadent Recipes from
San Francisco’s Premium Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Company
by Amy Guittard
(Chronicle Books, 2015)
Review by Kristina Sepetys
If you love chocolate, and it’s the rare person who doesn’t, and you also love to cook, it’s going to be hard to pass up a cookbook with cakes, bars, cookies, ice creams, and other treats celebrating the dark-brown, sultry sweet. And when that cookbook comes from Guittard, the company making a line of deeply flavorful and nuanced chocolate favored by many of the world’s best bakers, confectioners, and ice cream makers, why resist?
Author Amy Guittard oversees all marketing activities at the Guittard Chocolate Company. Her great-great-grandfather Etienne migrated from France during the California Gold Rush to mine for gold, packing chocolate to trade for supplies. As it turned out, his chocolate trade was a more lucrative venture than panning for gold. So he moved to San Francisco and founded Guittard Chocolate, the oldest continuously family-owned and -operated chocolate company in the United States. Guittard produces bean-to-bar chocolate, which means they source their own beans and process them into the bars or chocolate pieces you find in stores.
Not surprisingly, given the author’s personal tie to the chocolate, the Guittard Chocolate Cookbook contains a lot of family history, together with 60 of the Guittards’ favorite recipes using a variety of different chocolate grades and products.… Read More