The Art and Craft of Chocolate

The earliest evidence of chocolate dates back to 1900 BC where it was used in beverages in Mexico. In Nathan Hodge's The Art and Craft of Chocolate: An Enthusiast's Guide to Selecting, Preparing and Enjoying Artisan Chocolate at Home, the world-renowned chocolatier shows how to hack the basic principles of chocolate-making at home using tools as simple as a food processor, a hair dryer, or a double boiler ("hacks at home"). In addition, he offers recipes for traditional moles from different regions of Mexico; traditional Mayan chocolate drinks; cocoa as a meat rub; and various baked goods.

For centuries, chocolate and cacao have been used for many purposes all over the world from a currency during the Mayan empire, to homemade beverages consumed by farm workers in Central America for energy, as well as tortillas and moles in Mexican cuisine. About a year ago, I attended an event at Cholaca in Boulder, Colorado, the producer of pure liquid cacao. One sip of their product had me buzzing for hours so I can attest to the energy aspect.  

Here, Hodge delivers a brief history of chocolate as well as how cacao is processed from bean to bar. He then explains techniques such as how to properly temper chocolate before providing recipes for dishes that include Chocolate stout rolls to Cocoa nib pappardelle with wild mushroom cream sauce.  The Art and Craft of Chocolate covers chocolate in depth and provides insightful facts and tempting recipes.

Our   takes you inside the pages of this book and features the following   dishes for you to try now:


The photographs, as you can see, are beautiful and the recipes are pure inspiration. Special thanks to Quarry Books for sharing the materials for our preview above as well as providing three copies of this title in our giveaway below.  

The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US, CA and UK. 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 October 2nd, 2018.


  • rchesser  on  8/14/2018 at 7:01 PM

    The Cocoa jerk chicken.

  • lauriesk  on  8/14/2018 at 7:06 PM

    I would try the Red Mole first.

  • JulieQC  on  8/14/2018 at 7:32 PM

    Cocoa jerk chicken

  • MiMi60  on  8/14/2018 at 7:48 PM

    Tortellini with lemon ricotta filling

  • ravensfan  on  8/14/2018 at 7:50 PM


  • FireRunner2379  on  8/14/2018 at 8:08 PM

    I like the sounds of the Crispy chocolate carnitas and the Chocolate pasta dough!

  • crownoflilies  on  8/14/2018 at 8:27 PM

    a vegan version of the chocolate mousse cheesecake

  • demomcook  on  8/14/2018 at 8:32 PM

    Cocoa nib and melon salad

  • Elbyem  on  8/14/2018 at 10:28 PM

    The Champurrado

  • jr0717  on  8/14/2018 at 10:46 PM

    The cacao nib and melon salad sounds intriguing! I'd have to try that first.

  • HArlow  on  8/15/2018 at 5:56 AM

    The cocoa nib melon salad sounds so unusual, would love to give it a go

  • sgump  on  8/15/2018 at 11:43 AM

    The Earl Grey chocolate pound cake sounds neat!

  • JulieG1002  on  8/15/2018 at 2:02 PM

    Red miso- and chocolate-glazed vegetables

  • janv  on  8/15/2018 at 2:40 PM

    OMG! Cocoa nib short rib and honey-roasted peach sandwiches on chocolate stout rolls

  • sarahawker  on  8/15/2018 at 9:18 PM

    Drinking chocolate

  • kmn4  on  8/16/2018 at 3:54 PM

    Black mole.

  • annieski  on  8/17/2018 at 6:40 AM

    Black mole

  • matag  on  8/17/2018 at 8:16 AM

    Tortellini with lemon ricotta filling

  • merkusje  on  8/17/2018 at 2:03 PM

    Chocolate stout rolls

  • Shelley.b  on  8/17/2018 at 8:27 PM

    Cocoa jerk chicken

  • miggsy  on  8/17/2018 at 8:59 PM

    Flourless cardamom chocolate cake

  • Julia  on  8/17/2018 at 9:03 PM

    Flourless cardamom chocolate cake.

  • Taxlady  on  8/17/2018 at 9:13 PM

    I'd try the Chocolate stout cookies

  • Ozma81  on  8/17/2018 at 9:23 PM

    Drinking Chocolate

  • LaurenE  on  8/17/2018 at 9:53 PM

    Earl Grey chocolate pound cake

  • LSanders  on  8/17/2018 at 10:28 PM

    The champurrado

  • BMeyer  on  8/17/2018 at 11:03 PM

    drinking chocolate

  • t.t  on  8/17/2018 at 11:59 PM

    Lavender chocolate ice cream

  • RSW  on  8/18/2018 at 5:23 AM

    Earl Grey chocolate pound cake

  • Dannausc  on  8/18/2018 at 5:36 AM

    Crispy chocolate carnitas

  • debbiehb  on  8/18/2018 at 6:48 AM

    Lavender chocolate ice cream

  • Siegal  on  8/18/2018 at 8:53 AM

    I want to try chocolate pasta dough!

  • sequoia55  on  8/18/2018 at 6:57 PM

    Flourless cardamom chocolate cake

  • jmay42066  on  8/18/2018 at 7:03 PM

    Chocolate-dipped pecan shortbread hearts

  • mph993  on  8/18/2018 at 9:31 PM

    crispy chocolate carnitas

  • mfl  on  8/19/2018 at 8:39 PM

    Flourless cardamom chocolate cake... love cardamom

  • KarenGlad  on  8/20/2018 at 7:21 AM

    Chocolate stout cookies

  • RickPearson54  on  8/20/2018 at 9:21 AM

    black mole

  • tararr  on  8/20/2018 at 2:21 PM


  • verorenee  on  8/20/2018 at 8:21 PM

    Black sesame and cocoa nib toffee yum

  • kcfish  on  8/21/2018 at 8:27 AM

    Earl Grey chocolate pound cake

  • Wojtanowski  on  8/21/2018 at 10:36 AM

    cocoa nib pappardelle with mushroom cream sauce

  • thecharlah  on  8/21/2018 at 8:23 PM

    Red miso- and chocolate-glazed vegetables

  • kitchenclimbers  on  8/22/2018 at 2:16 PM


  • lgroom  on  8/22/2018 at 7:38 PM

    flourless cardamom chocolate cake

  • silversand  on  8/23/2018 at 5:09 AM

    Drinking chocolate

  • annmartina  on  8/23/2018 at 9:16 AM

    Black sesame and coca nib toffee

  • floridagld  on  8/23/2018 at 10:09 PM

    Tortellini with lemon ricotta filling

  • parnassus  on  8/24/2018 at 6:22 PM

    chocolate tortilla fosho

  • trudys_person  on  8/24/2018 at 6:24 PM

    Flourless cardamom chocolate cake - I'm currently obsessed with cardamom!

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  8/27/2018 at 10:44 AM

    I want to make the Cocoa nib pappardelle with wild mushroom cream sauce.

  • heyjude  on  8/28/2018 at 2:06 AM

    Cocoa nib and melon salad

  • heyjude  on  8/28/2018 at 2:09 AM

    Cocoa nib and melon salad

  • skyejaden  on  8/30/2018 at 7:43 AM

    I would try out the drinking chocolate!!

  • DJCross  on  8/30/2018 at 9:46 AM

    Too many choices . . .

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  8/30/2018 at 2:39 PM

    would like to try my hand with the red mole found on page 114 of "The Art and Craft of Chocolate: An Enthusiast's Guide to Selecting, Preparing and Enjoying Artisan Chocolate at Home" by Nathan Hodge

  • tennyogirl  on  8/30/2018 at 3:06 PM

    Cocoa nib and melon salad

  • NaomiH  on  8/31/2018 at 11:45 AM

    Tortellini with lemon ricotta filling

  • milgwimper  on  8/31/2018 at 3:45 PM

    Guajillo chile flan and Flourless cardamom chocolate cake!

  • DomiB  on  9/1/2018 at 1:59 AM

    Chocolate cardamom cake

  • Laura1  on  9/1/2018 at 8:05 PM

    Flourless cardamom chocolate cake

  • AwoodlandPrince  on  9/3/2018 at 7:40 AM

    Earl grey chocolate pound cake

  • kkohle  on  9/3/2018 at 10:43 AM

    chocolate tortillas sound interesting

  • shellee  on  9/3/2018 at 11:31 AM

    Flourless cardamom chocolate cake

  • ktwalla  on  9/4/2018 at 9:22 AM

    Lavender Chocolate Ice Cream

  • choppergirl  on  9/8/2018 at 5:56 PM

    Thai coconut and lemongrass chocolate soup

  • bopper  on  9/9/2018 at 3:44 PM


  • EmilyR  on  9/11/2018 at 1:39 AM

    Chèvre et fèves et Pinot noir

  • auntietina  on  9/15/2018 at 2:18 AM

    Thai coconut and lemongrass chocolate soup

  • RoseMGenuine  on  9/23/2018 at 8:12 PM

    Chocolate stout roll

  • orchidlady01  on  9/24/2018 at 1:36 AM

    Chocolate mousse cheesecake with chocolate stout cookie crust

  • MamaEnki  on  9/25/2018 at 5:59 PM

    Black Mole

  • kkarin  on  9/27/2018 at 7:09 AM

    I’d like instructions for roasting beans and tempering chocolate. Sounds super.

  • eatysmith  on  9/27/2018 at 9:33 AM

    Drinking chocolate!

  • matag  on  9/28/2018 at 9:21 AM

    Cocoa jerk chicken

  • Ishtar  on  10/2/2018 at 5:12 AM

    Cocoa jerk chicken

  • leilx  on  10/2/2018 at 3:40 PM

    Black sesame and cocoa bib toffee

Post a comment

You may only comment on the blog if you are signed in. Sign In

Seen anything interesting? Let us know & we'll share it!