The True History of Chocolate

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 Chocolate.The Story Begins Some 3,000 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 A Food For The Masses, And Now, In Our Own Time, It Has Become Once Again A Luxury Item.The 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.

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  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • The True History of Chocolate
  • Sophie D. Coe
  • English
  • 10 May 2019
  • 0500286965

10 thoughts on “The True History of Chocolate

  1. 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 Being Belgian it is unsurprising since chocolate is serious business i...

  2. 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 specia...

  3. 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 Starting with a basic description of the trees themselves how and where they grow, the different types and what happens to the beans to get a usable product fermentation, roasting, etc , the nar 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 certain...

  4. 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 lost so much of the information is only availab...

  5. says:

    Oh, divine chocolate They grind thee kneeling, beat thee with hands praying, and drink thee with eyes to heaven Marco Antonio OrellanaThis sometimes fun history of chocolate begins with the Maya, who drank chocolate warm and spiced, and ends in the ironic tale of Maya Gold, Green Black s chocolate bar found in stores today with the cacao from Mayan farmers The first few chapters are slow going But this modern world history teacher couldn t put the book down once the manner which choco Oh, divine chocolate They grind thee kneeling, beat thee with hands praying, and drink thee with eyes to heaven Marco Antonio OrellanaThis sometimes fun history of chocolate begins with the Maya, who drank chocolate warm and spiced, and ends in the ironic tale of Maya Gold, Green Black s chocolate bar found in stores today with the cacao from Mayan farmers The first few chapters are slow going But this modern world history teacher couldn t put the book down once the manner which chocolate conquered Europe was detailed It tells the his...

  6. 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 covered Over time, the consumption ...

  7. 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 writing this book as a sort of tribute to his wife I think that s sweet no pun intended.The first two chapters about chocolate in the Mayan and Aztec culture were wo 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 c...

  8. 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 chocolate mix that you buy in the supermarket or at Trader Joe s Those powders are milk sugar based And I will not go back to drinking a cup of that stuff b This is not only a history of chocolate, but a slice of history of the area from wh...

  9. 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...

  10. says:

    This book is a comprehensive study of the history of chocolate The authors are academics and the book reads as such It can be a bit dry, but if you are keen, there is much to learn about the cultural and political importance of chocolate from the Aztecs and Mayans to the elite of Boroque Europe, the slave trade and the spread of the drink around the globe to the post industrial revolution inventions by Nestle, Cadbury, Hershey, etc.even Green Blacks If you are a chocoholic or a histo This book is a comprehensive study of the history of chocolate The authors are academics and the book reads as such It can be a bit dry, but if you are keen, there is much to learn about the cultural and political importance of chocolate from the Aztecs and Mayans to the elite of Boroque Europe, the slave trade and the spread of the drink around the globe to the post industrial revolution inventions by Nestle, C...

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