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Chocolate: A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light

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"Nine of every ten persons say they love chocolate. The tenth lies." Starting with a quote from revered gourmand Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, Rosenblum sets the tone for his in-depth study of a worldwide passion. Few things produce as visceral a response as chocolate. The smell, texture, and deep glossy color, not to mention the taste, have bewitched humans for millennia. From chocolate's beginnings as a sacred elixir in ancient cultures to its current status as a sensual and oh-so-necessary indulgence, Rosenblum reveals all that a true chocoholic could ever want to know about this sublime substance.
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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."

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780865477308
Author:
Rosenblum, Mort
Publisher:
North Point Press
Subject:
Chocolate
Subject:
Courses & Dishes - Chocolate
Subject:
History
Subject:
Chocolate -- History.
Subject:
Cocoa trade - History
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Chocolate and Candy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
17 Line Drawings
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.682 in

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"Nine of every ten persons say they love chocolate. The tenth lies." Starting with a quote from revered gourmand Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, Rosenblum sets the tone for his in-depth study of a worldwide passion. Few things produce as visceral a response as chocolate. The smell, texture, and deep glossy color, not to mention the taste, have bewitched humans for millennia. From chocolate's beginnings as a sacred elixir in ancient cultures to its current status as a sensual and oh-so-necessary indulgence, Rosenblum reveals all that a true chocoholic could ever want to know about this sublime substance.

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