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Chocolate: A Global History

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Chocolate layer cake. Fudge brownies. Chocolate chip cookies. Boxes of chocolate truffles. Cups of cocoa. Hot fudge sundaes. Chocolate is synonymous with our cultural sweet tooth, our restaurant dessert menus, and our idea of indulgence. Chocolate is adored around the world and has been since the Spanish first encountered cocoa beans in South America in the sixteenth century. It is seen as magical, addictive, and powerful beyond anything that can be explained by its ingredients, and in Chocolate Sarah Moss and Alec Badenoch explore the origins and growth of this almost universal obsession.           

 

Moss and Badenoch recount the history of chocolate, which from ancient times has been associated with sexuality, sin, blood, and sacrifice. The first Spanish accounts claim that the Aztecs and Mayans used chocolate as a substitute for blood in sacrificial rituals and as a currency to replace gold. In the eighteenth century chocolate became regarded as an aphrodisiac—the first step on the road to todays boxes of Valentine delights. Chocolate also looks at todays mass-production of chocolate, with brands such as Hersheys, Lindt, and Cadbury dominating our supermarket shelves.

 

Packed with tempting images and decadent descriptions of chocolate throughout

the ages, Chocolate will be as irresistible as the tasty treats it describes.

 

About the Author

Sarah Moss is senior lecturer in English literature at the University of Kent at Canterbury. She has written widely on the literature and culture of food. Alec Badenoch is an instructor in media and cultural studies at the University of Utrecht, Netherlands, and the author of Voices in Ruins: West German Radio Across the 1945 Divide (2008).

Table of Contents

1  Inventing Chocolate
2  The Chocolate House
3  The Chocolate Factory
4  The Chocolate Box
 
Recipes
References
Select Bibliography
Websites and Associations
Acknowledgements
Photo Acknowledgements
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781861895240
Author:
Moss, Sarah
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Author:
Badenoch, Alexander
Subject:
History
Subject:
Courses & Dishes - Chocolate
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Chocolate and Candy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Reaktion Books - Edible
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 color plates, 20 halftones
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
7.75 x 4.75 in

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