There are few things that are more comforting in life than a really good piece of chocolate. Good chocolate may not solve any of life’s really hard problems, but it can certainly make you forget about them for at least a moment.
You may remember author Annette Lyon from our #MomStorm party earlier this year, where we talked about supporting military families and discussed her book, Band of Sisters. Annette’s new book, Chocolate Never Faileth, gave her a chance to give in fully to her lifelong love of chocolate with this decadent chocolate cookbook with easy tips to help any chocolate lover create delicious chocolate concoctions. Annette is a second-generation chocoholic and one of the founding sisters of the Utah Chocolate Show.
I had the tasty pleasure of living just down the street from Annette as she was writing this cookbook. As she completed test after test of each recipe in an effort to make it just right, she’d sent a call out to everyone in the neighborhood to give away the some of the extra chocolate treats that were taking over her kitchen.
I’ve always turned to chocolate during times of stress. It’s my drug of choice. As Annette was working her way through each recipe, my family was hit with several enormous blows within a short period of time. Our 4th baby passed away shortly after birth due to a placental abruption. Within a few weeks of his death, we sold our house, moved in with my parents since my husband was looking for work, and my moronic dentist decided that it was the perfect time to take my wisdom teeth out. Recovering from removing my wisdom teeth was harder in many ways than recovering from childbirth (if you take the emotional aspect of losing a child out of the equation) and emotionally I was not prepared for anything as taxing. I had given into self-pity and was sitting on my mom’s couch, my whole face swollen and unable to open my jaw more than about an inch, and unable to take pain medication after all the stress my body had been through, when an angel bearing chocolate showed up at the front door. Annette brought a plate full of chocolate cake that was soft enough that I could chew it (or gum it as the case may be) and her visit and the chance to eat something that wasn’t chicken broth did more to lift my spirits than I can ever say.
Chocolate Never Faileth is filled with all kinds of chocolate recipes, from the edible – cakes, cookies, pastries, sauces, candies, ice creams, puddings, brownies, and beverages, to the inedible – chocolate play dough, chocolate lip gloss, chocolate body scrub and more. This beautifully done cookbook would make the perfect holiday gift for nearly anyone on your christmas shopping list. Just be sure and keep a copy for yourself.
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