ISBN 9789381398432,The Chocolate Log

The Chocolate Log



Hay House India

Publication Year 2013

ISBN 9789381398432

ISBN-10 9381398437


Number of Pages 224 Pages
Language (English)

Cooking with chocolate

The Chocolate Log is the story of Cheryl Kumar Templeton, a schoolteacher and her husband Allan, an Indian Air Force fighter pilot, who gave up their secure comfortable careers to start a new life in Mcleodganj, a suburb situated in the foot hills of the Himalayas, which Cheryl describes as 'a microcosm of the whole world'. It was here that a new dream unfolded and in its wake was born The Chocolate Log, a patisserie and cafe they have run for twenty four years and continue to do so till today.

She writes with sympathy and affection of the local people the Himachalis, the Tibetans, the Gaddis, of the people who slipped in and out of their lives: some of whom returned again and again to their 'karmic mountain', a destination for the soul, others who have stayed on in their memories: the idealists, the visitors who became soul friends, the eccentrics, the loonies.

She generously shares with readers the recipes of a few of her many popular offerings brown bread, chicken quiche, chocolate cake, lemon tarts, apple pie and even the special train cake she made for her granddaughter's first birthday which have gained her mention in the New York Times, Lonely Planet, Frommer's, The Rough Guide, Footprints and other multi-language travel guides.

But this book is not only about recipes or running a cafe. She speaks of the years of slogging through eighteen hour days; months of no business and no income; of arguments, fights, frustrations and fatigue. Of heart break when her grand daughter was born; of ups and downs, but also of victories, The Chocolate Log, The Cheryton Cottage Guest House and Wine Oaks, where wines are made according to her grandfather's recipes.

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