The True History of Chocolate by Sophie D. Coe & Michael D. Coe

The True History of Chocolate

By Sophie D. Coe & Michael D. Coe

  • Release Date: 2013-06-28
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine
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“A beautifully written . . . and illustrated history of the Food of the Gods, from the Olmecs to present-day developments.”—Chocolatier
This delightful tale of one of the world’s favorite foods draws on botany, archaeology, and culinary history to present a complete and accurate history of chocolate.

It begins some 4,000 years ago in the jungles of Mexico and Central America with the chocolate tree, Theobroma Cacao, and the complex processes necessary to transform its bitter seeds into what is now known as chocolate. This was centuries before chocolate was consumed in generally unsweetened liquid form and used as currency by the Maya and the Aztecs after them. The Spanish conquest of Central America introduced chocolate to Europe, where it first became the drink of kings and aristocrats and then was popularized in coffeehouses. Industrialization in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries made chocolate available to all, and now, in our own time, it has become once again a luxury item.

The third edition includes new photographs and revisions throughout that reflect the latest scholarship. A new final chapter on a Guatemalan chocolate producer, located within the Pacific coastal area where chocolate was first invented, brings the volume up-to-date.


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    By Bookworm5656
    This may have been the most poorly written book I have ever read. The amount of gramatical errors in the first 5 pages alone are ridiculous. I don't understand how any editor could possibly miss the abundance of mistakes. Not only is it poorly written, it is also the most dull, boring, irrelevant piece of literature. There is absolutely no point in it. Reading this book was the biggest waste of time and I regret it! DO NOT READ! 10/10 would not recomend