Green Bean Books

Chocolate Cookbook

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Babka, Boulou & Blintzes
Compiled by Michael Leventhal

Price: £25 / $34.95
Pages: 144
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781784386993

“The best book about chocolate I have ever read – terrific recipes, gorgeous photography and a unique cultural perspective. As with all the best Jewish cookbooks, you want to dive in and eat till you feel sick. Then eat some more.” – Giles Coren 

‘Beautifully presented and the recipes look marvellous. I can’t wait to try them!’ – Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat

I urge you to grab a copy, for the chocolate, for the charity. Go Go Go.’ – Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich, Honey & Co

  • An unprecedented collection of weird and wonderful Jewish chocolate recipes, from babka to chocolate soup and chocolate aubergine caponata
  • An exploration of the history of Jewish food and culture through cocoa
  • Recipes with influences from Russia, Mexico, England, Israel, North America, Turkey, Egypt, Portugal, the Netherlands and more
  • All sales of this book will support Chai Cancer Care
  • Recipes from 50 of the world’s best-known Jewish cooks and writers


Discover the history of chocolate in Jewish food and culture with this unique recipe book, bringing together individual recipes from more than fifty noted Jewish bakers. This is the perfect book for chocoholics, anyone keen to grow their repertoire of chocolate-based recipes, or those with an interest in the diverse ways that chocolate is used around the world.

Highlights include Claudia Roden’s Spanish hot chocolate, the Gefilteria’s dark chocolate and roasted beetroot ice-cream, Honey & Co’s marble cake and Joan Nathan’s chocolate almond cake. As well as recipes for sweet-toothed readers, savoury dishes include Alan Rosenthal’s chocolate chilli and Denise Phillips’ Sicilian caponata. There are also delicious naturally gluten-free and vegan recipes to cater to a variety of dietary requirements.

Each recipe helps provide an insight into the important role chocolate has played in Jewish communities across the centuries, from Jewish immigrants and refugees taking chocolate from Spain to France in the 1600s, to contemporary Jewish bakers crossing continents to discover, adapt and share new chocolate recipes for today’s generation. Babka, Boulou & Blintzes is a unique collection published in conjunction with the British Jewish charity Chai Cancer Care.

Author Details

Michael Leventhal is the publisher of Greenhill Books and Green Bean Books. The Chocolate King is his first book for children and won a PJ Library Author Incentive Award.

Previously he founded Gefiltefest, a Jewish food charity which organised Europe’s biggest Jewish food festival. He is co-author of Jews in Britain and edited The Hand of History (illustrated by Chris Riddell). He eats a lot of chocolate. You can see more of his work at