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The Melt Book

The Melt Book
£25.00

Melt - a Book about Chocolate A wonderful, vibrant book, with recipes by Louise Nason and Chika Watanabe to suit all skill levels. Stunning photographs by Jean Cazals. "... founder Louise Nason and head chocolatier Chika Watanabe elucidate the essentials of working with the cocoa-derived ingredient. Never has tempering been this clearly or cheerily explained." Charlotte Druckman - Wall Street Journal. http://thefoodiebugle.com/article/cookbooks/melt-by-louise-nason-and-chika-watanabe "Melt" by Louise Nason and Chika Watanabe by Krishnan Prasad*15th December 2011 The last ten years has seen a growth explosion in the number of artisanal chocolate shops in many of the world's capital cities. I have travelled from New York to Paris, London, Rome, Tokyo, Beijing, Moscow and New Delhi looking into some of the world's most expensive, rarefied and respected chocolate boutiques, and, even as a chocolate scholar and patissier, I cannot keep up with all the newcomers to the industry. Artisan chocolate making underpins a booming business, maybe only accounting for approximately 3% of the overall £3.6 billion chocolate sales in Britain, but nevertheless an important and influential barometer of consumer trends in the luxury food market sector. Where chocolatiers lead, other parts of the market will follow. If a beautiful, well run artisanal chocolate shop opens up in your neighbourhood you can be sure of one of the following seguing their way down your street: fine wine merchants, specialist delicatessens, independent bookshops cum cafés, sourdough bakeries and tapas bars. The lexicon of foodie narratives in all magazines, social media and online recipe blogging is now peppered with references to Amedei Toscano Black, San Jose del Tambo, Guanaja Grue and Cru Virunga. Like sherry, rind washed cheese and single estate olive oil, the cacao bean is enjoying a renaissance of appreciation, understanding and reverence. The Ledbury Road area of Notting Hill, London, has always been prosperous and pretty, home to some very sophisticated shops that purvey life's treats and temptations to the patrician well heeled and spoken. In 2006 Melt opened its doors to much acclaim and has worked very hard since then to earn its place in the chocolate connoisseurs' carte de destination. Once Lucia Van der Post, doyenne of upper class living, has penned a missive about your atelier in The Financial Times "How To Spend It" magazine, then you know your ship has sailed into a warm and safe harbour, away from retail's choppy waters. Founded by Louise Nason, mother of 4 children (a huge accomplishment in and of itself), with head chocolatier Chika Watanabe, who previously worked at Claridges and The Lanesborough Hotel, Melt is a very beautiful and cutting-edge shop: the thinking chocolatier's apogee. There are white walls, lots of light, sparkling clean floors, vases of fresh seasonal flowers, kind assistants and packaging worthy of Smythson of Bond Street. A buffet bar shelf is arranged with triumphant tiers, trays and towers of truffles, slabs, bars, little chocolate logs, squares, bonbons, thins, caramels, macaroons, lollipops and nuggets. You can help yourself with wooden trays and tongs, or sit and enjoy a hot chocolate drink. The standard of production is vertiginously inspirational: handmade, thoughtful, personal. Your heart skips a beat when they ask you whether you are looking for sea salt, chilli, orange marmalade, fresh fruit, flower, honeycomb, coffee or nut flavours. You stumble into stammering submission: please choose for me, I am speechless. And now, just in time for the Christmas bibliophile rush, a heady cocktail has been mixed. Equal portions of Louise Nason and Chika Watanabe's skill, style and simple delivery have been brought together with the dramatic, graphic flair of international award winning food photographer, Jean Cazals, and the quiet, independent, pioneer spirit of Absolute Press, now an imprint of Bloomsbury Books. "Melt. A book of chocolate" sets out to show you how to make some of the shop's most popular creations at home. Yet homely is not a word I would use to describe this oeuvre. It balances its aesthetic imprint on the fine wedge between chicness, modernity and artisanal earthiness. You will see very striking photography of the chocolatier's tough, wooden utensils on bamboo matting; drizzles and smears of molten chocolate spread by steel palettes and scrapers; cacao bean pods sit on baking parchment and cinnamon, cardamom, mace and star anise lie on a dark chocolate slab. You are face to face with the work of the chocolate craftsman, peeking into the maestro's workshop, nose pressed against the vitrine of all that is creamy, forbidden and atavistic about this powerful, dark ingredient. The dominant colours of the book are black and white, resonating with t

Coffee and Cardamom Cup

Coffee and Cardamom Cup
£15.50

This quirky chocolate is a real hit. If you are a little more adventurous or like the taste of the exotic, this chocolate is for you. A milk chocolate ganache is given a punch with the coffee and a spicing up by the cardamom. Ingredients: Jivara milk chocolate, double cream, butter, invert sugar, milk, coffee powder, cardamon seeds.

Milk Chocolates With Passion fruit, Orange & Cardamom

Milk Chocolates With Passion fruit, Orange & Cardamom
£9.75

Originally designed for pioneering perfumery, Jo Malone. Our bespoke recipe proved so popular we have continued the line. Created with smooth milk chocolate (40% minimum cocoa content), generously scattered with dried orange, passion fruit and banana, and then balanced with spicy cardamom, the perfect match of sweet fruit and tempting chocolate. Ingredients: Milk chocolate 40% min (cocoa butter, whole milk powder, sugar, cocoa beans, brown sugar, natural vanilla extract, soya lecithin, barley malt extract), dried passionfruit, dried banana, candied orange peel and ground cardamon.

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