Before I even share my thoughts, let me say that Barbara Passino, chef and owner extraordinaire of Oak Knoll Inn in the Napa Valley is a genius and I can't wait to spend some time at the inn. Just from reading this wonderful book, replete with stunning photos, I've moved it high up on my "must visit places".
And, I must say, the title is somewhat misleading...not EVERY recipe calls for chocolate and most of the dishes would be spectacular served at any meal, not just breakfast. So for those of you who need more than chocolate in your life...fools that you are....oops, was that my "outside voice"?...or like me, who only eat real breakfasts on the weekend...that's about to change here, because most of the dishes are incredibly easy to put together...even if you're half asleep.
The recipes are delightful - inventive, fanciful, creative, and just plain fun and the subtitle says it all....
"Entertaining Menus to Start the Day with a Celebration"
Lacy Singapore Omelet which we loved and it took mere minutes.
Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti that intrigued me. I had to hunt for chocolate nibs (nice but a bit bitter) and made half the recipe with hazelnuts. The perfect break with a cup of coffee to get even more lost in the book.
Romesco Sauce - creamy and spicy and will be perfect over pasta for dinner. Look at that color and tell me you're not transported to sunny California!
I think a little more biscotti and more flipping through this fabulous book is required immediately!