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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Enjoyable, educational, funny, delicious. - Goodreads
Would have liked to do the research for this book! - Goodreads
Rosenblum is a good writer. - Goodreads

Review: Chocolate: A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light

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Though it took me awhile to finish, I really enjoyed this trip around the world, exploring the past, present and future of chocolate. The book itself was almost like a bar of dark chocolate; I had to ... Read full review

Review: Chocolate: A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light

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This book had me searching the internet and buying all sorts of chocolate and creating a list of "must visit" chocolate locations around the world! I thought Mort Rosenblum's writing was really ... 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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