Chocolate: A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light

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Macmillan, Oct 17, 2006 - Cooking - 288 pages
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The delectable journey into the world of chocolate--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 an intriguing foray into this "food of the gods."

 

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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

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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

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Contents

The Gods Breakfast
3
Chocolat
23
Origin of the Species
49
Chocolate for Turkeys
67
The Bittersweetest Town on Earth
87
The Chocolate Coast
105
Claudio da Príncipe
127
Valrhona Valhalla
149
The Empress Is All Clothes
203
In the Land of Rose and Vile Creams
213
Switzerland and Beyond
227
Wheres the Nutella?
241
Body and Soul
249
Chocolate Soldiers in the American Revolution
263
Camp Cacao
285
Acknowledgments
289

The French Masters
169
Belgium Hobbit Chocolate
187

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About the author (2006)

Mort Rosenblum was a special correspondent to the Associated Press and an editor of the International Herald Tribune. He is the author of, most recently, A Goose in Toulouse and Olives (both FSG). He lives in Paris, France.

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