A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
A food journalist tackles one of the world's most popular narcotics--chocolate--in search of the biological, historical, and social reasons why this substance has so tantilized humans the world over.

McMillan Palgrave
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."

Blackwell North Amer
In this narrative, Mort Rosenblum delves into the mysteries of cacao: its history, its legends and lore, the processes that make chocolate. Rosenblum follows the chocolate trail, cooking up mole poblano - chili-laced chicken with chocolate - under a Mexican volcano; visiting plantations during an African rebellion; helping French master chocolatiers make palets d'or - bite-size, gold-flecked bricks of dark chocolate. He probes the empires of Hershey and Godiva, and the closed-door realm of Valrhona. He watches at each step as humble cacao pods on spindly trees in dank jungles end up as creamy mousse au chocolat. He meets with buyers and tasters in the United States and across Europe to discover the diverse trends, demands, and traditions of chocolate lovers. And, along the way, he investigates the bitter fights and rivalries - the dark side of the chocolate trade.

Publisher: New York : North Point Press, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780865476356
Characteristics: 290 p. : ill ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Chocolate


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Jul 13, 2017

Mediocre writing and organization. Superficial reporting, mostly promotional hyperbole. Nothing new here.

May 01, 2010

I love chocolate, the darker, the richer the better but I almost gave it up after I read this book.
I wondered if the human suffering perpetrated upon small cocoa farmers by the multinational buyers and producers would make it impossible for me to eat it again.
Now I only buy fair trade.

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