Julie Pech

Julie Pech is a great example of what happens when a person abandons corporate America for the chance at a life-changing adventure. Her first move was leaving an 18 year career in the wholesale sporting goods industry to pursue her dream of becoming an author. Her two passions--nutrition and chocolate--seemed a bit oxymoronic, but fortunately for Pech, the health benefits of chocolate news broke just as she decided to embark on her new life. She wrote her and self-published her first book, "The Chocolate Therapist: A User's  ...See more >


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"A useful, enjoyable read about the restrained debauchery of consuming chocolate with the fruit of the vine."

Kirkus Reviews


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BOOKS REVIEWED BY KIRKUS:

FICTION & LITERATURE
Pub Date:
ISBN: 978-1500141899
Page count: 76pp

A concise guide to the art of pairing chocolate dishes with various types of wines.

Although Pech (Chocolate Soiree, 2014, etc.) admits that her background is primarily in chocolate, not wine, she wrote this book in collaboration with one of her fellow chocolatiers, who is an oenophile. As such, the work expands considerably on a chapter from her previous book. She offers a brief history of her entrepreneurial background and how she became involved in wine and chocolate tastings. After discussing the similarities between cacao and grape cultivation, the author presents her technique for proper chocolate and wine tasting in detail. She goes on to offer up a list of 40 different wines, ranging from light white wines, such as zinfandel, to Champagne, port, and dark red wines, such as malbecs. For each, she suggests three different chocolate pairings of different levels of adventurousness. (As a general rule of thumb for readers, she asserts that full-bodied wines pair better with darker chocolates.) The appendices include additional information on how to prepare a tasting, including advice on how to microwave chocolate to create the right consistency. Overall, this book makes for a useful food guide, in large part because of its brevity and direct approach. Pech injects enough wit and humor into her writing that the book never feels like a mere grocery list. She amusingly reminds readers, for example, that if a pairing goes awry, the easiest way to solve it is just to keep drinking the wine to balance everything out. Some of the suggested pairings may be difficult to pull off without substantial preparation, such as candied orange peel dipped in dark chocolate. Then again, one imagines that such difficulty would come with a substantial payoff.

A useful, enjoyable read about the restrained debauchery of consuming chocolate with the fruit of the vine.

ADDITIONAL WORKS AVAILABLE:

CHOCOLATE SOIREE: HOW TO THROW THE ULTIMATE CHOCOLATE PARTY (Unpublished)
Chocolate, parties, events,

Everything you need to host your own chocolate party including a 4-week planning guide, a brief history of chocolate, a chocolatier's certificate of achievement, games, party themes and ideas and much more. Downloadable pdf available for all printable materials so you don't have to create your own.
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THE CHOCOLATE THERAPIST: A USER'S GUIDE TO THE EXTRAORDINARY HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHOCOLATE
Nutrition, diet, health benefits of chocolate

Both entertaining and informative, The Chocolate Therapist combines all the latest research about chocolate into an easy-to-read formula. Over 60 alphabetized ailments, each with a fun chocolate recommendation followed by supporting research as to how and why chocolate can help. Make sure to read the hilarious "Where Do You Hide Your Chocolate" chapter.

Published:
ISBN: 978-0-470-61351-1
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THE LAST DAMN DIET: A STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO ENDING YOUR WAR WITH FOOD FOREVER (Unpublished)
Diet, nutrition, weight loss

The Last Damn Diet is the "undiet" book that teaches you how to stop dieting and start living. Learn how to have power over food anywhere, any time and in any situation. No calories counting, no expensive food plans, no bringing pre-packaged food to events.