We love chocolate! | On the Bookshelf

Drink up all the chocolate goodness you can get — without all the extra calories — in these books.

Drink up all the chocolate goodness you can get — without all the extra calories — in these books.

“Choclatique: 150 Simply Elegant Desserts,” by Ed Engoron with Mary Goodbody (hardcover, Running Press, 2011, 272 pages, $27). Finally, there is a perfect method for working with chocolate. Don’t worry about heat and humidity. Forget the double boiler. Now, you too can prepare moist and delicious cakes, cookies, pies, tarts, cupcakes, cheesecakes, trifles and much more.

“Chocolate: the Nature of Indulgence,” by Ruth Lopez (hardcover, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2002, 144 pages, $35). This charming book contains no recipes, and it is blissfully free of fat and calories. Instead, it offers an abundant array of pictures and a heady supply of little-known chocolate facts and fallacies.

“Chocolate Obsession: Confections and Treats to Create and Savor,” by Michael Recchiuti, Fran Gage, and Maren Caruso (hardcover, Steward,Tabori & Chang, 2005, 200 pages, $35). Known as the Picasso of Chocolatiers, Michael Recchiuti divulges his professional secrets and techniques, allowing home cooks to reproduce his exquisite confections in their own kitchens.

“Better Than Chocolate: a Novel,” by Susan Waggoner (hardcover, William Morrow, 2005, 308 pages, $24.95). Thanks to her husband, Tom, a research scientist who has invented fat-free, carb-free, calorie-free chocolate that tastes better than the real thing, food writer Annie Wilkins is on the express elevator to wealth and fame. When she and Tom are asked to be the product’s spokesmen, Annie gets the life she always has dreamed of. What she didn’t count on was her husband’s becoming a sex symbol, or dealing with her suddenly worldly children and the unforeseen hazards of newfound fortune.

“Chocolate Cupid Killings: a Chocoholic Mystery,” by JoAnna Carl (hardcover, Obsidian, 2009, 230 pages, $21.95). Although the TenHuis Chocolate Shop is filled with chocolate hearts for Valentine’s Day, Lee is not getting any love from P.I. Derrick Valentine. He has been trying to find the woman Lee and her Aunt Nettie have been harboring for an underground railroad-type organization that aids abused women. The situation becomes complex when Valentine meets his end and Aunt Nettie becomes a suspect in his death. Now, Lee will have to find the real killer without giving away the hidden location of the innocent.