Chocolate by Mort Rosenblum
A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light

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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."

 

About Mort Rosenblum

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Mort Rosenblum is a special correspondent to the Associated Press, and a former editor of the International Herald Tribune. He is the author of, most recently, Olives (FSG, 1996). He lives in Paris.
 
Published October 17, 2006 by North Point Press. 305 pages
Genres: Cooking. Non-fiction

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From the mole poblano — chilli-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 w...

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Gerry Dryansky Detroit Free Press 3.5 of 5 Stars "Rosenblum writes like a dream, or like a perfect praline from Jacques Genin, the chocolatier Rosenblum calls ‘my choice to provide my stash of chocolate should I be marooned on a desert island.’ … Chocolate is worth buying if only to give you...

Jan 12 2008 | Read Full Review of Chocolate: A Bittersweet Saga...

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Mort Rosenblum begins his book Chocolate with a quote from Brillat-Savarin: "Nine of every ten persons say they love chocolate.

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