Choccywoccydoodah: Chocolate, Cake & Curses (Preface) – Book Review

by Sam Bilton on March 26, 2015 No comments

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COMPETITION

I have one copy of Choccywoccydoodah: Chocolate, Cake & Curses to give away. I’ll even throw in a copy of Chocolate Modelling Cake Toppers by Ramla Khan in case you want to get super creative. Just Like on the ComfortablyHungry Facebook page (not the post on this write up) to enter.

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  • Sorry I can only accept entries from people who live in the UK.
  • Closing date: midnight on 3 April 2015.
Celebration Refrigerator Cake

Celebration Refrigerator Cake

Being a frequent visitor to Brighton I have long been enthralled by the breathtaking displays in the Choccywoccydoodah shop. Brash, unconventional and occasionally a tad ghoulish (around Halloween at any rate) their designs appeal to my fascination with all things quirky.

What is the essence of the book?

Opening this book was something of a new experience for me. I’ve read plenty of food memoirs that include recipes but never anything quite like this. Imagine reading Grimm’s tale of Hansel and Grettel with a recipe for the gingerbread house at the end. It’s loud, proud and outlandishly colourful, just like their famous creations. A word of warning though. If you’re expecting a tome on how to recreate their designs then you will be sorely disappointed. This is a book that celebrates chocolate and cake. It is not an instruction manual.

About the author

Christine Taylor is the co-founder of Choccywoccydoodah which she established over 20 years ago with Christine Garratt. This is their story about how the idea for a chocolate shop was conceived with the aid of a bottle of gin, hard slog and, it has to be said, a great deal of talent.

Who will like it?

Chocoholics and fans of their TV series’ (the last of which apparently had over 2 million viewers world wide) will love it. If you have a sweet tooth and like things that are slightly left-field then this will be right up your street.

Who won’t like it?

If you are of a more staid disposition preferring things to be in black in white (quite literally) and lack a sweet tooth then it’s probably best to steer clear. As Christine states “Anyone who doesn’t celebrate with cake won’t be reading this book.”

Choccy Chestnut Roulade

Choccy Chestnut Roulade

What do I like about the book?

It has quite an unconventional feel to it. The edges of the pages are rough and unfinished, which I rather like. Subtle it isn’t but the garishness of the illustrations is most definitely needed in a book that would have been very brown (and very dull looking) without them. For the most part, the recipes are straightforward and easy to follow meaning that kids will adore using it as well.

What do I dislike about the book?

OK, I get that this book is about spreading the magic of chocolate and making dreams come true but frankly there is a bit too much talk of fairy dust, princesses and other worldliness for my liking.

Would I cook from it?

Christine says “chocolate and I quickly established ourselves as life long friends, mutually committed to bringing pleasure to those around us.”

I would describe chocolate as more of an acquaintance. I don’t mind chocolate and have had many pleasurable experiences with the brown stuff. But frankly I can take it or leave it. I like this book because (fairy tales aside) it’s fun and different. Would I cook from it personally? Probably not. It would, however, make a cracking Easter gift for a chocolate lover.

Where can you buy it?

Choccywoccydoodah: Chocolate, Cake and Curses (Hardcover) £25 from Amazon.

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Sam BiltonChoccywoccydoodah: Chocolate, Cake & Curses (Preface) – Book Review

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