I know it’s not the best day of the year yet (Chocolate Day, obviously), but chocolate is not a one-day-a-year necessity. It’s a way of life. Especially around the holidays/when 2016 is breaking your heart yet again/when Valentine’s Day is coming up and you have no clue what to get your sweetie/when you just need a break from life and an escape into rich, chocolatey goodness.
So dive right into the deliciousness, chocoholics. No judgment here.
1. The Chocolate Covered Katie Cookbook by Chocolate Covered Katie
Internet phenomenon Chocolate Covered Katie has been publishing healthy vegan, gluten-free, and diet-friendly dessert recipes for years now. And it’s no wonder she’s gotten so popular: this cookbook is full to the brim with yummy chocolate recipes perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and every minute in between.
2. Chocolat by Joanne Harris
A chocolate classic if there ever was one, Chocolat tells the story of Vianne Rocher, a young single mother who moves to a small, conservative French village and opens a chocolaterie. With memorable characters, thought-provoking details, and a charming-yet-poignant battle between tradition and modernity, Chocolat is an unforgettable read.
3. All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin
You know how all the experts are saying that a couple of decades from now, the world’s chocolate supply will probably run out? Well, this book faces that dark, dark reality head on: All These Things I’ve Done is set in 2083, when both coffee and chocolate are illegal (*cue gasp of horror*). Can the 16-year old daughter of New York’s most notorious crime boss navigate life as a teen in this world, and at the same time convince the police that she didn’t poison her ex with the chocolate that her family manufactures?
4. The Chocolate Thief by Laura Florand
Paris. Chocolate. Stolen pleasures, the cobbled streets of the City of Life, and plenty of silly antics to go around. Intrigued? Good. The Chocolate Thief is the perfect light-hearted romance–it’s like Anna and the French Kiss but with chocolate. [Gasp! That’s what that book was missing!]
5. Raw Chocolate Cookbook by Matthew Kenney
You don’t have to be on a raw diet to enjoy this book–everyone can enjoy the rich, flavorful recipes that Kenney has created. And they can stay true to their New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier. Win-win.
6. Children’s Chocolate Cookbook by Fiona Patchett and Abigail Wheatley
An excellent way to introduce your kids to both the amazingness that is chocolate and the delightful world of cooking, Children’s Chocolate Cookbook has it all: factoids about the history of chocolate, step-by-step illustrations, and recipes on everything from truffles to chocolate fondue. It even has instructions on adapting recipes for food allergies.
7. Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
The first book in Fluke’s delectable Hannah Swensen series, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder follows the adventures of Hannah Swensen, baker extraordinare, as she attempts to solve the scandalous murder of her delivery man–while dodging her mother’s attempts to marry her off.
Have fun reading (and eating), chocoholics!
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