Baking with Chocolate: Questions for Lisa Yockelson

Baking Week may have just started, but we're already looking forward to Chocolate Week - a whole week to talk about chocolate and its wonderful properties. To help us we have Lisa Yockelson as a guest expert on baking with chocolate.

Lisa is the author of the wonderfully rich and detailed ChocolateChocolate - an encyclopedic collection of recipes, tips, and techniques to enable your chocolate addiction.

Lisa will be taking questions from our readers on baking with chocolate! Anything you've ever wanted to ask about baking and chocolate - ask it here. Read on for more about Lisa...

Lisa Yockelson, a baking journalist--whose recipes, articles, and essays have appeared widely in food and lifestyle publications, and in national newspapers--is the author of the IACP-award-winning BAKING BY FLAVOR and the IACP-award-winning CHOCOLATECHOCOLATE (both John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2002 and 2005) . BAKING BY FLAVOR centers on how to develop flavor and texture in 18 favorite baking flavors and her latest work, CHOCOLATECHOCOLATE, is an encyclopedic cookbook on the subject of baking with chocolate. To bring her work full circle, Lisa also styles her own bakery sweets for photography, working from a personal collection of both contemporary and antique bakeware, linens, and china. She has been baking--and adding to her recipe file--since she was seven years old.

You can see recipes from ChocolateChocolate at NPR and also a snow-topped cupcake from Heidi Swanson using one of Lisa's recipes.

To ask Lisa a question about baking with chocolate, leave a comment here. They'll be answered next week.

(Image credits: ChocolateChocolate cover photo and author photo both by Ben Fink. Cover design by Vertigo Design, NYC.)