Chocolate: A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light

Front Cover
Macmillan, Feb 15, 2005 - Cooking - 290 pages
1 Review
A delectable journey into the world of chocolate--from manufacturing to marketing, French boutiques to American multinationals--by the award-winning author of Olives.

Science, over recent years, has confirmed what chocolate lovers have always known: the stuff is actually good for you. It's the Valentine's Day drug of choice, has more antioxidants than red wine, and triggers the same brain responses as falling in love. Nothing, in the end, can stand up to chocolate as a basic fundament to human life.

In this scintillating narrative, acclaimed foodie Mort Rosenblum delves into the complex world of chocolate. From the mole poblano--chile-laced chicken with chocolate--of ancient Mexico to the contemporary French chocolatiers who produce the palets d'or--bite-sized, gold-flecked bricks of dark chocolate--to the vast empires of Hershey, Godiva, and Valrhona, Rosenblum follows the chocolate trail the world over. He visits cacao plantations, meets with growers, buyers, makers, and tasters, and investigates the dark side of the chocolate trade as well as the enduring appeal of its product.

Engaging, entertaining, and revealing, Chocolate: A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light is a fascinating foray into this "food of the gods."

What people are saying - Write a review

CHOCOLATE: A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Once a self-confessed "chocolate ignoramus," James Beard Award-winner Rosenblum (A Goose in Toulouse, 2000, etc.) deftly delves into the secrets of the cacao bean.Chocolate is Michel Chaudun's passion ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - sleepydumpling - LibraryThing

A deliciously sensual, hedonistic book, Rosenblum understands that chocolate is not only about food, about taste. It's about hedonsim, debauchery, sensory pleasure and passion. Rosenblum does tend a ... Read full review


1 The Gods Breakfast
2 Chocolate
3 Origin of the Species
4 Chocolate for Turkeys
5 The Bittersweetest Town on Earth
6 The Chocolate Coast
7 Claudio da Príncipe
8 Valrhona Valhalla
11 The Empress Is All Clothes
12 In the Land of Rose and Vile Creams
13 Switzerland and Beyond
14 Wheres the Nutella?
15 Body and Soul
16 Chocolate Soldiers in the American Revolution
17 Camp Cacao

9 The French Masters
10 Belgium Hobbit Chocolate

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2005)

Mort Rosenblum is a special correspondent to the Associated Press, and a former editor of the International Herald Tribune. He is the author of, most recently, Olives (FSG, 1996). He lives in Paris.

Bibliographic information