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All About Chocolate: The Ultimate Resource for the World's Favorite Food Paperback – October 1, 1998

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028622839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028622835
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,266,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews Review

Chocoholics beware; All About Chocolate will likely make you drool all over the pages until you can get your next fix of cocoa heaven. This is a mini-encyclopedia of chocolate history, terminology, trivia, and, of course, rich, chocolatey recipes. Initially taking the form of a dictionary, the book contains A-to-Z listings of chocolate expressions and general chocolate lore. Did you know, for example, that nacional is a variety of the forastero cacao bean found in Ecuador? When cultivated, it produces a wonderfully delicate type of cocoa. The book traces chocolate history right back to the 7th century, when the Maya migrated to the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico and established the first cacao plantations. We are then whisked through several centuries of chocolate evolution right up to modern times, when chocolate is undoubtedly one of the Western world's most craved treats. Happily for us, chocolate may even have some proven health benefits! Yes, really! That feeling of well-being when nibbling on a succulent piece of chocolate is more than mental. Endorphins contained within chocolate transmit feelings of euphoria to the brain--making everything seem good with the world. Plus, cocoa butter contains no cholesterol, so although chocolate isn't exactly slimming, it at least contains the right kind of fat! Enlightening us about chocolate festivals, chocolate factories, chocolate schools, chocolate organizations, and with recipes for Hot Fudge Sauce, Chocolate Pound Cake, French Chocolate Macaroons, and many more, All About Chocolate is a sweet delight. --Naomi Gesinger

About the Author

CAROLE BLOOM is the author of four other books, including Truffles, Candies & Confections. She also wrote the "Candy" chapter for the new Joy of Cooking. Her feature articles appear in Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, and Fine Cooking magazines. Bloom is the spokesperson for the Boxed Chocolate Manufacturers Group. She lives in southern California.

More About the Author

I graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Fine Arts. While deciding whether to go to graduate school in Art History or Dance I traveled to Europe where I experienced incredible desserts and pastries. That's when I decided that I wanted to be a pastry chef. I studied pastry and confectionery arts at La Varenne in Paris and Le Cordon Bleu in London. I've also served an apprenticeship in a fabulous pastry shop in Venice,Italy and have worked at 5 star hotels in Lausanne, Switzerland and San Francisco, CA. I've also worked in top restaurants in Southern California and have had my own business making desserts and cakes for small restaurants, cafes, and individuals. For many years I made wedding and special occasion cakes. For close to 30 years I've been teaching my art to others, specializing in demystifying complicated techniques so everyone can make fabulous desserts, pastries, and confections at home. I enjoy creating desserts for my books to share with everyone. And, I'm always happy to hear from my readers with questions and successes.

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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book has something for everyone about the world of chocolate. If you want to know more about chocolate history or how chocolate is made, it's here. If you want to know where to find the best chocolate in the world, it's also here. This book makes a great travel guide for chocolate afficionados. You can find where to learn more about chocolate and where the nearest chocolate festival or museum is. This book makes a great gift for your chocolate-loving friends and family, as well as a great gift for yourself. All the information and fun facts about chocolate are located in an easy-to-manage paperback book at a great price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric J. Wu on March 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
I read my friend's copy of this book. Covers history of chocolate, chocolate around the world, locations of chocolate festivals and events in the USA, explains the different kinds of chocolate, chocolate terms (like bloom, tempering, etc...), chocolate recipes, and even shows listings on the web of where you can find chocolate information. I think it's an interesting book for this sort of general information
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sharon on April 10, 2007
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Wow, all my Internet research seems to be right here in one book!

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