Mast Brothers add cookbook to creations
Iowa transplants Rick Mast and Michael Mast of Brooklyn, N.Y., make chocolates that have a cult following. The pair, writes celebrity chef Thomas Keller in the introduction to their new “Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook,” “helped us appreciate the range of flavors possible in a single bar of chocolate.” The book offers an appealing array of confections for chocolate lovers: pudding, pops, marble cake, Boston cream pie, chocolate gingersnaps, ricotta pancakes. The brothers also add chocolate where you least expect it — to a pork loin with cranberries, pureed beet cake, butternut soup, balsamic vinaigrette, salmon fillets, pork sausage, and coq au vin. The Masts will be signing books on Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. at Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Brookline, 617-566-6660; on Nov. 11 in the early evening at Formaggio Kitchen, 244 Huron Ave., Cambridge, call 617-354-4750 for details; on Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. at Central Bottle Wine + Provisions, 196 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-225-0040.