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Recchiuti Confections—First stop on your Chocoholic Pilgrimage

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Have you ever wondered which chocolate pairs best with your favorite beer? Neither had we, but Recchiuti Confections has the answer to this and other questions you never thought to ask. In addition to beautiful chocolates, owner Michael Recchiuti thoughtfully suggests chocolate pairings for red wine, whiskey, cheese, salt(!) and soy.

His Parisian-inspired shop, appointed with a jewelry-case chocolate display and softly lit with hand-blown Murano lamps, is renowned for its artisan offerings. Some are infused with Michael’s distinctive signature flavors such as fresh lavender, lemon verbena or tarragon; others feature images from his favorite San Francisco artists or are adorned with Japanese block prints. Stylish gift packages are available for everything from a S’mores Kit to a Chocolate Obsession Box.

Tip: Amazingly, the beer pairing box is a best-seller. Try Cardamom Nougat or Burnt Caramel Truffle with your favorite brewski.

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Chocolate Obsession: Confections and Treats to Create and Savor—Known as the “Picasso of chocolatiers,” Michael Recchiuti creates confections that are every bit as daring and original as any of his namesake’s artworks. But unlike the painter, the chocolate maker has made it possible for even the amateur to achieve artistry. The book contains a complete discussion of chocolate from bean to bar, along with detailed instructions for dipped chocolates, truffles, and molded chocolates (including Recchiuti’s signature ganache flavors: Earl Grey tea, burnt caramel, tarragon with grapefruit). Also featured: recipes for sinfully delicious treats like  Chocolate Shortbread Cookies with Truffle Cream Filling, Double Dark Chocolate Soufflés, and Rocky Recchiuti Brownies. With more than 60 recipes in all, this book will satisfy even the most obsessive chocolate lovers among us. From Booklist: “…a beyond-the-novice collection of both recipes and information that chocoholic bakers will be hard-pressed to do without.” About $17.  Learn more about or buy Chocolate Obsession: Confections and Treats to Create and Savor.

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