Alice Medrich

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Even though chocolate has no season, Alice likes to pair it with the fruits and textures of the four seasons. Chocolate all year long. Can't be beat!

Photo by: Abigail Huller

Alice Medrich is a world-class chocolatier and patissiere who received formal training in chocolates, pastry, and desserts at Ecole le Notre near Paris.


Her most recent book is Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts. Her  first book, Cocolat: Extraordinary Chocolate Desserts, won numerous awards, including the Julia Child Award for Best First Book from the International Associate of Culinary Professionals (IACP). Her second book, Chocolate and the Art of Low-Fat Desserts, was named the Best Cookbook of the Year by the James Beard Foundation.


Other books include: Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies; Bittersweet Recipes and Tales from a Life in Chocolate; Alice Medrich's Cookies and Brownies; Chocolate Holidays; and A Year in Chocolate.


Alice's Berkeley, California, dessert shop, Cocolat, set new standards for excellence in the 1970s and since, she has been learning, teaching, and sharing what she loves about dessert making. She is nothing if not obsessive about her  recipes (each is meticulously written and tested). She is committed to quality ingredients, and has a deep understanding of technique.


Alice has received the country’s highest cookbook honors, including three Cookbooks of the Year, most recently from the IACP for BitterSweet: Recipes and Tales from a Life in Chocolate. Her other books include Pure Dessert and Chocolate Holidays.


Her website is She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.


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