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The True History of Chocolate This delightful and best selling tale of one of the world s favorite foods draws upon botany, archaeology, and culinary history to present a complete and accurate history of chocolateThe story begins some , 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 a food for the masses, and now, in our own time, it has become once again a luxury itemThe second edition draws on recent research and genetic analysis to update the information on the origins of the chocolate tree and early use by the Maya and others, and there is a new section on the medical and nutritional benefits of chocolate

10 thoughts on “The True History of Chocolate

  1. Sandra Sandra says:

    Lets talk chocolate This book as been on the shelf for ages so I am glad I finally got round to it My expectations were a bit too high I m afraid unsurprising since chocolate is serious business in my country At times I was a bit distracted by all that marvellous research put into to the book

  2. Iset Iset says:

    Probably the best book I ve read yet on the history of a particular substance Thoroughly researched and referenced, the book provides a comprehensive overview of the history of chocolate In addition, the authors correct misconceptions and myths, and coming from authors with a speciality on ancient M

  3. Andres Andres says:

    As with the only other Coe book I ve read so far, I give this book 5 stars for the information, 3 stars for the writing hence, 4 star average.Learning about chocolate is the next best thing to actually eating chocolate, and this book certainly gives the reader many tasty tidbits on which to nibble Startin

  4. Meg Meg says:

    A very well written and researched exploration of the history of chocolate focusing on its early roots in Mesoamerica and its takeover of Europe Unfortunately, as the authors point out, many of the original documents, recipes, and information about chocolate from Nahuatl, Maya, Aztec, etc users was destroyed or

  5. Jacques Coulardeau Jacques Coulardeau says:

    ENLIGHTENING AND SWEETThe book is fascinating because it shows how the European colonizers recuperated a typical Meso American agricultural and culinary invention and imported it into Europe Cocoa is produced from the seeds of a tree that grows in tropical areas in South and Meso America In fact, the plant several di

  6. Karen Brooks Karen Brooks says:

    An absolutely fascinating exploration of the history of chocolate, from its Mayan origins to pre conquest Aztecs, through to its co opting by Spain and other European powers as a consumable delicacy for the wealthy and powerful alone How it was consumed and why, how it was as much as status symbol as a medicinal is also co

  7. Darcy Darcy says:

    This book was chalk full of facts and information, but Coe s writing style left something to be desired It was too academic often lacking clarity and coherence In his introduction Coe indicates that he wrote this book based on the research and notes of his late wife, Sophia, who passed away unexpectedly from cancer Thus, he s wr

  8. Laura Crockett Laura Crockett says:

    This is not only a history of chocolate, but a slice of history of the area from which it originated Mesoamerica the Aztecs and then the history of how chocolate came to Europe, North America and so forth There are recipes for hot chocolate from the 18th century included I have tried a couple Let me tell you This is not your powdered

  9. Jera Em Jera Em says:

    This is an excellent book that gives a very clear idea of how chocolate has developed into it s familiar form today I thought it was interesting that chocolate used to exclusively be a drink and that when the Spanish were first introduced to it they hated the stuff When it did finally become popular in Europe it was unfortunately linked wit

  10. Bob Newman Bob Newman says:

    from the Mayas to Mars barsStarting off with a chemical kaleidescope of chocolate itself, we read progressively about the distant origins of the cacao tree in South America and then in Mesoamerica Cacao became one of the most important crops among the Maya, Toltec, Aztec and other Indian peoples, used as a drink without sugar by the elites Cacao

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