Friday Flashback - Cocolat - Alice Medrich and Worldwide Giveaway

Alice Medrich is one of those authors that demand attention. Her books are as impressive as the first lady of chocolate herself. Since 1976, when her renowned shop Cocolat opened and her first dessert feature appeared in a national publication, Alice's innovative ideas and recipes and her insistence on quality ingredients have influenced a generation of confectioners, pastry chefs, and home cooks. Among her early accomplishments, Alice is credited with popularizing chocolate truffles in the US all from a recipe she procured from her Paris landlady.

In 1989, she sold her interest in the Cocolat shops. Since then she has become an award-winning cookbook author, receiving three Cookbook of the Year awards from the James Beard Foundation and the International Association of Culinary Professionals for Cocolat: Extraordinary Chocolate Desserts, Chocolate and the Art of Low-Fat Desserts; and Bittersweet: Recipes and Tales from a Life in Chocolate. In 2007, Gourmet, Bon Appétit, and Food & Wine magazines named her Pure Dessert one of the top cookbooks of the year. Alice's book, Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your Mouth Cookies, won the 2011 International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Award in the baking category. Her 2014 book, Flavor Flours won the 2015 James Beard Award for Best Baking and Dessert Book. The paper back edition, Gluten Free Flavor Flours, was published this year. Also, Dover has published a revised and updated edition (including a new introduction and ingredient information but the recipes remain the same) of Cocolat. She has authored other titles including Chocolate Holidays and Cookies and Brownies.

While I'm covering Alice's decadent career, today's focus is on Cocolat: Extraordinary Chocolate Desserts which as stated above has been republished by Dover with a new introduction and information about ingredients. Every recipe in this book creates a stunning showpiece dessert. Cranberry Christmas cake, Queen of Sheba (a stunning tart), and a Chestnut chocolate torte (which my friend Jenni Field made recently at Pastry Chef Online). Anything from this book will wow your holiday guests.

I love when a book is republished and finds a whole new audience of fans but also reminds me of the brilliance of one of my favorite authors. Dover is providing two copies of this beautiful book to our members worldwide in our contest below as well as offering 25 percent off any of their cookery titles for the holidays using this link and entering the code WRBK which expires on 12/31/2017. There is also a worldwide giveaway for Vincent Price's Cooking Price-Wise at The Cookbook Junkies' site be sure to enter that promotion. Price was a gourmet and the recipes in this title will impress you. 

The publisher is offering two copies of this book worldwide. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post. Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on December 18th, 2017.


  • Kristjudy  on  11/10/2017 at 1:33 PM

    Bittersweet chocolate truffle torte,!

  • matag  on  11/10/2017 at 1:37 PM

    Bittersweet chocolate truffle tart

  • rchesser  on  11/10/2017 at 1:42 PM

    Chocolate velvet mousse.

  • rchesser  on  11/10/2017 at 1:45 PM

    The Pennsylvania Dutch cookbook caught my eye on Dover.

  • GillB  on  11/10/2017 at 1:52 PM

    Queen of Sheba

  • debkellie  on  11/10/2017 at 2:28 PM

    It's gotta be the Aztec Layer Cake!

  • debkellie  on  11/10/2017 at 2:34 PM

    So now logged in ... and again its the Aztec Layer Cake!

  • RichardMosse  on  11/10/2017 at 2:40 PM

    Pavé d'amour

  • contest718  on  11/10/2017 at 2:53 PM

    Chestnut chocolate torte

  • sarahawker  on  11/10/2017 at 4:08 PM

    Walnut squares

  • sarahawker  on  11/10/2017 at 4:10 PM

    From the Dover site: Drinks à la Mode by Harriet Anne De Salis

  • Joy001  on  11/10/2017 at 4:56 PM

    Ultra brownie cupcakes

  • heyjude  on  11/10/2017 at 5:02 PM

    Mocha Pecan Torte

  • kristinthiel  on  11/10/2017 at 5:15 PM

    So hard to decide but she had me at Chocolate Velvet Mousse!😀

  • Angryyew  on  11/10/2017 at 5:24 PM

    I'd try the Aztec Layer Cake first.

  • Shana.  on  11/10/2017 at 6:09 PM

    walnut squares

  • bevie19  on  11/10/2017 at 8:12 PM

    Peanut Butter Minis!

  • Livia  on  11/11/2017 at 2:52 AM

    It has got to be the Aztec layer cake

  • AGENT99  on  11/11/2017 at 7:47 AM

    Mocha pecan torte

  • southerncooker  on  11/11/2017 at 8:09 AM

    Classic chocolate truffles

  • Kacook6  on  11/11/2017 at 8:47 AM

    Mocha Pecan Torte!

  • Carpecookie  on  11/11/2017 at 9:00 AM

    I would try the Marjolaine first

  • JanClaire  on  11/11/2017 at 9:09 AM

    I would try the Chocolate ruffle tart. Years ago I saw Alice Medrich and Julia Child's make this tart. Lovely

  • Titch  on  11/11/2017 at 9:34 AM

    I would try & make the Chestnut chocolate torte first as I love Chocolate!

  • juldum  on  11/11/2017 at 9:47 AM

    I would try the Aztec layer cake!

  • Dutchmary  on  11/11/2017 at 10:07 AM

    Queen of sheba

  • cecrofts  on  11/11/2017 at 10:28 AM

    Mocha pecan torte. :)

  • curafresh  on  11/11/2017 at 11:26 AM


  • contest718  on  11/11/2017 at 12:07 PM

    The Soufflé Cookbook

  • CCF4  on  11/11/2017 at 1:44 PM

    Cocoa Cabana

  • verorenee  on  11/11/2017 at 6:39 PM

    Mocha pecan torte

  • RoseMGenuine  on  11/11/2017 at 10:21 PM

    Aztec layer cake

  • JulieG1002  on  11/12/2017 at 12:02 AM

    Chocolate decadence. Yum!

  • t.t  on  11/12/2017 at 1:11 AM

    Classic chocolate truffles

  • suzannec68  on  11/12/2017 at 4:22 AM

    the classic chocolate truffles as they would be perfect little homemade gifts at christmas

  • mpdeb98  on  11/12/2017 at 7:40 AM

    Strawberry carousel

  • ZhoraAutumn  on  11/12/2017 at 11:39 AM

    Aztec layer cake!

  • annmichele  on  11/12/2017 at 12:17 PM

    Chocolate velvet mousse

  • mbbenham  on  11/12/2017 at 1:16 PM


  • skichick  on  11/12/2017 at 4:47 PM

    lemon Bombe

  • katehenderson  on  11/12/2017 at 5:05 PM

    Chocolate velvet mousse!

  • jd5761  on  11/12/2017 at 7:47 PM

    chocolate velvet mousse for me

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  11/13/2017 at 2:42 AM

    I would like to first make the bittersweet chocolate truffle tart.

  • dvajefink  on  11/13/2017 at 5:16 AM

    Walnut squares

  • Alisono  on  11/13/2017 at 9:42 AM

    Lemon Bomb

  • skipeterson  on  11/13/2017 at 12:08 PM

    Black and white raspberry cake

  • daniellespinato1  on  11/13/2017 at 1:05 PM

    The Italian cherry torte sounds great -- I love amarena.

  • kmn4  on  11/13/2017 at 1:27 PM

    Aztec layer cake

  • kmn4  on  11/13/2017 at 1:32 PM

    ...and I'm really interested in the "Food, Cookery, and Dining in Ancient Times" book on the Dover site!

  • JenJoLa  on  11/13/2017 at 2:21 PM

    Ultra brownie cupcakes

  • JenJoLa  on  11/13/2017 at 2:26 PM

    In terms of books, either Cocolat or The Cheese Handbook

  • ravensfan  on  11/13/2017 at 5:16 PM

    Gateau Royale

  • VeryVigario  on  11/13/2017 at 7:41 PM

    Queen of Sheba

  • VeryVigario  on  11/13/2017 at 7:47 PM

    As for the Dover publications- Cocolat or "Early American Cookery"!

  • jezpurr  on  11/13/2017 at 11:55 PM

    The coffee related recipes I'd try first!!!^_^

  • jezpurr  on  11/14/2017 at 12:03 AM

    Books that catch my eye:Cooking Price-Wise: A Culinary Legacy, A Treasury of Great Recipes, 50th... , Mary and Vincent Price's Come into the..., Drinks à la Mode, A First Cookbook for Children, 400 Ways to Make a Sandwich: The Handy... , and Toll House Tried and True Recipes!!!^_^

  • iza27  on  11/14/2017 at 1:55 AM

    Queen of Sheba

  • iza27  on  11/14/2017 at 2:06 AM

    From the Dover books I would choose : A Treasury of Great Recipe

  • Rooks  on  11/14/2017 at 3:22 PM

    Cafe espress

  • Rooks  on  11/14/2017 at 3:25 PM

    Hmm, I think it would be nice to have a copy of Fannie Farmer.

  • sdg8trgrl  on  11/14/2017 at 5:40 PM

    Coco Cabana, definitely!

  • sdg8trgrl  on  11/14/2017 at 5:46 PM

    I'd buy a copy of Drinks A la Mode

  • lgroom  on  11/15/2017 at 10:07 AM

    Queen of Sheba

  • NaomiH  on  11/15/2017 at 10:44 AM

    Frozen chocolate bûche de Noël, I would love a new recipe. I make the same one each year.

  • Siegal  on  11/15/2017 at 2:06 PM

    I want to make the lemon bombe

  • Siegal  on  11/15/2017 at 2:12 PM

    I would like the Long Island seafood book too

  • MetteJohnsen  on  11/15/2017 at 2:30 PM

    I would go for Sarah Bernards and the Italian cherry torte

  • FireRunner2379  on  11/16/2017 at 10:53 AM

    I'd like to try them all! Really though, the Chocolate Banana Charlotte sounds interesting!

  • FireRunner2379  on  11/16/2017 at 11:02 AM

    I would like a copy of the book The Cheese Handbook!

  • annieski  on  11/16/2017 at 3:39 PM

    Bourbon pecan shortbread

  • eliza  on  11/16/2017 at 6:36 PM

    Walnut squares.

  • eliza  on  11/16/2017 at 6:42 PM

    The cheese handbook on Dover sounds good.

  • mjkoepplin  on  11/16/2017 at 9:01 PM

    I can't wait to try Caramel Bavarian Cream

  • ptkcollins  on  11/17/2017 at 7:14 AM

    I love any type of coffee cake so I would try Café Express to begin

  • RSW  on  11/18/2017 at 6:39 AM

    Chocolate hazelnut torte

  • jifar  on  11/18/2017 at 8:53 AM

    Cranberry Christmas Cake

  • bstewart  on  11/18/2017 at 5:50 PM

    Chocolate hazelnut torte

  • AnnaZed  on  11/20/2017 at 12:02 AM

    I want The Epicurean: The Classic 1893 Cookbook from Dover Press.

  • AnnaZed  on  11/20/2017 at 12:04 AM

    I want to make Queen of Sheba. I don't know what that is but from the ingredients I want it.

  • kelliwinter  on  11/20/2017 at 12:22 AM

    Lemon bombe

  • AGENT99  on  11/20/2017 at 6:59 AM

    Jams and Jellies - just wish it wasn't an e-book

  • jc214a  on  11/20/2017 at 8:05 AM

    I would try Mocha Pecan Torte.

  • kitchenclimbers  on  11/20/2017 at 5:06 PM

    aztec layer cake

  • kitchenclimbers  on  11/20/2017 at 5:08 PM

    The Cheese Handbook!

  • luccio  on  11/20/2017 at 10:11 PM

    Frozen chocolate bûche de Noël - I've never seen a frozen version....

  • Scotsman61  on  11/20/2017 at 11:09 PM

    Aztec Layer Cake

  • Scotsman61  on  11/20/2017 at 11:11 PM

    I'd love a copy of Epicurean by Charles Ranhofer the 1893 Classic from the Chef of Delmonico's Restaurant in New York

  • Arinelle  on  11/21/2017 at 9:17 AM

    Chocolate decadence - sounds lovely!

  • jyms  on  11/22/2017 at 7:19 AM

    Ultra brownie cupcakes

  • jyms  on  11/22/2017 at 7:24 AM

    Food, Cookery, and Dining in Ancient Times: Alexis Soyer's Pantropheon

  • stitchan  on  11/24/2017 at 7:36 AM

    Cranberry Christmas cake

  • stitchan  on  11/24/2017 at 7:39 AM

    Long Island Seafood Cookbook

  • lhodder2016  on  11/24/2017 at 2:30 PM

    The Food, Cookery, and Dining in Ancient Times: Alexis Soyer's Pantropheon

  • lhodder2016  on  11/24/2017 at 2:32 PM

    I'd like to try Marjolaine

  • DesiKim  on  11/25/2017 at 9:21 PM

    Aztec layer cake

  • bfg67  on  11/27/2017 at 6:54 AM

    Mocha Pecan Torte

  • sugo  on  11/28/2017 at 2:58 AM

    Mocha Pecan Torte for me

  • ACoeliacKid  on  11/29/2017 at 6:56 AM

    Can I say ALL the recipes? No? Ok I would have to try the Chestnut chocolate torte first.

  • Seren_Ann  on  11/29/2017 at 12:46 PM

    White chocolate mousse for me :)

  • Ziggy7  on  11/29/2017 at 9:50 PM

    Chocolate hazelnut torte, yum

  • ktwalla  on  11/30/2017 at 1:55 PM

    Mocha Pecan Torte

  • ktwalla  on  11/30/2017 at 1:59 PM

    Tollhouse Tried and True Recipes

  • auntietina  on  12/1/2017 at 1:27 AM

    Gâteau Grand Marnier. YUM!

  • joyosity  on  12/1/2017 at 9:35 AM

    The lemon bombe sounds interesting!

  • stephlinde  on  12/1/2017 at 10:32 AM

    Italian cherry torte

  • ninaarahgnis  on  12/1/2017 at 2:23 PM

    Queen of Sheba

  • Rutikazooty  on  12/1/2017 at 7:51 PM

    Italian cherry torte since I picked up the Special cherries needed for this recipe already.

  • Laura1  on  12/1/2017 at 7:54 PM

    chocolate truffles

  • Maefleur  on  12/1/2017 at 7:59 PM

    Oh, the Aztec Layer Cake!

  • Katiefayhutson  on  12/1/2017 at 10:48 PM

    Mocha pecan torte

  • dduvall  on  12/1/2017 at 11:07 PM

    Mocha pecan torte

  • Signe  on  12/2/2017 at 1:50 AM

    Chocolate hazelnut torte

  • RachelMurphy526  on  12/2/2017 at 2:47 AM

    Lemon Bombe

  • lhudson  on  12/2/2017 at 7:10 AM

    Chocolate velvet mousse

  • reneeg  on  12/2/2017 at 7:43 AM

    Walnut squares

  • PeavineBlues  on  12/2/2017 at 8:57 AM


  • Ozma81  on  12/2/2017 at 9:38 AM

    Cranberry Chocolate Cake

  • greenbean1  on  12/2/2017 at 11:56 AM

    I would love to cook the apricot soufflé

  • BMeyer  on  12/2/2017 at 12:01 PM

    Italian cherry tart cranberry chocolate tart

  • chimpbob  on  12/2/2017 at 1:06 PM

    Aztec Layer Cake

  • GemmaHenderson  on  12/2/2017 at 4:55 PM

    Queen of Sheba

  • rosalee  on  12/2/2017 at 9:07 PM

    Chocolate hazelnut torte!!

  • antpantsii  on  12/2/2017 at 9:52 PM

    Diablo absolutely!

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  12/3/2017 at 1:21 PM

    love strawberry, so will try the strawberry carousel found on page 57

  • permie_girl  on  12/3/2017 at 5:33 PM

    Chestnut chocolate torte

  • trsophia  on  12/4/2017 at 12:43 AM

    Aztec Layer Cake!!!

  • sgump  on  12/4/2017 at 12:51 PM

    Ooh--'tis the season for cranberry Christmas cake (with dark chocolate and kirsch)! Delighted to see this reissue!

  • Julia  on  12/5/2017 at 12:02 AM

    Walnut squares.

  • Uhmandanicole  on  12/5/2017 at 3:40 AM

    Black and white cheesecake

  • tararr  on  12/5/2017 at 1:46 PM

    Aztec Layer Cake

  • alex9179  on  12/5/2017 at 4:18 PM

    Lemon bombe. My lemon tree is loaded!

  • Curlyfatkins  on  12/6/2017 at 6:07 AM

    Ultra brownie cupcakes

  • bibliophile02  on  12/7/2017 at 12:03 PM


  • deanfromuk  on  12/7/2017 at 7:25 PM

    Pecan shortbread, I adore shortbread

  • lovelily1001  on  12/7/2017 at 8:56 PM

    i'd like to try the cake named "a gift for Dad". the ingredient list looks delicious!

  • HomespunHouse  on  12/8/2017 at 4:15 PM

    Bittersweet chocolate truffle tart

  • PaulaCheadle  on  12/9/2017 at 7:10 PM

    A First Cookbook for Children

  • TRACY007  on  12/10/2017 at 8:06 AM

    Having fancied the recipe by name and then googling them, I would love to try the DIABOLO and QUEEN OF SHEBA. They look very show-stopping so can't guarantee mine would look anything like that.

  • cocecitycook  on  12/10/2017 at 11:01 AM

    Mocha pecan torte. Yum!

  • Karla123  on  12/10/2017 at 4:10 PM

    Aztec Layer Cake! This would be a grand way to finish dinner with decadence.

  • Karla123  on  12/10/2017 at 4:21 PM

    Book Choice: Early American Herb Recipes

  • jmay42066  on  12/10/2017 at 5:00 PM

    Ultra brownie cupcakes

  • jmay42066  on  12/10/2017 at 5:26 PM

    "Early American Cookery" on the Dover site.

  • orchidlady01  on  12/10/2017 at 8:13 PM

    Chocolate hazelnut torte and Café express

  • orchidlady01  on  12/10/2017 at 8:15 PM

    Pennsylvania Dutch Cook Book

  • tarae1204  on  12/16/2017 at 9:26 AM

    I wish I could make the chestnut chocolate torte for Christmas!

  • tennyogirl  on  12/17/2017 at 11:37 PM

    Chocolate Hazelnut Torte

  • tennyogirl  on  12/17/2017 at 11:41 PM

    A Date with a Dish

  • bettinab  on  12/18/2017 at 12:45 AM


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