Chocolate Chocolate by Frances Park
The True Story of Two Sisters, Tons of Treats, and the Little Shop That Could

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When their beloved father died suddenly, authors Frances and Ginger Park (To Swim Across the World) comforted themselves with chocolates and mused on opening a confectionery shop with their small inheritance. The idea felt right to them--"a shop our late father would've loved just by virtue of its contents: chocolates and daughters"--and despite their inexperience, they decide to go for it, with their mother as silent partner. In 1984, on the day f their Washington, D.C., store, named Chocolate Chocolate, opened, they already were beset with difficulties, from crumbling walls and cracking floors installed by a shoddy, shady contractor to trying to conjure strategies to gain attention and sales. Bit by bit, their clientele grows; the sisters write fondly and often humorously of the recurring characters in their new, chocolate-centric lives, from favorite customers to the kooky sales rep who becomes an employee and dear friend. They easily move between musings on friendship and family, all the while offering inspiration and valuable lessons for budding entrepreneurs. The recipe for their house truffle rounds out this appealing, engaging memoir that's sure to appeal to a range of readers, chocoholics or not. --Publishers Weekly


 

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Sisters GINGER and FRANCES PARK are co-owners of the chocolate shop Chocolate Chocolate in Washington, D.C. They are the authors of Chocolate, Chocolate, which was also published by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press. Ginger's son, Justin, suffers from severe food allergies, and he was the inspiration for this cookbook.
 
Published May 10, 2011 by Thomas Dunne Books. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Cooking. Non-fiction

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Still, the Park sisters’ cheery adage remains the definitive take-away: “There are times when only chocolate can make a bad day better.” Smooth, soft-centered confection that goes down with a smile.

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When their beloved father died suddenly, authors Frances and Ginger Park (To Swim Across the World) comforted themselves with chocolates and mused on opening a confectionery shop with their small inheritance.

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