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The New Taste of Chocolate: A Cultural & Natural History of Cacao with Recipes Hardcover – November 24, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Revised edition (November 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158008950X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580089500
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.9 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #607,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Few people in the world know as much about chocolate as Maricel Presilla, or write as passionately about it. Her pioneering book, The New Taste of Chocolate, is the first to document the fascinating diversity of cacao varieties and their influence on chocolate quality. It also describes and celebrates the full arc of chocolate’s evolution, from pre-Columbian times to the twenty-first century. This book will be a revelation and delight to anyone who loves chocolate.”
—Harold McGee, author of On Food and Cooking
 
 
“The New Taste of Chocolate is fascinating and genuinely original. Based on unique, personal knowledge, Maricel’s book will serve as a primary research source and change the way chocolate lovers think about and taste chocolate.”
—Robert Steinberg and John Scharffenberger, co-founders of Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker, Inc.
 
 
“It’s not a coincidence that chocolate and gold are sold in bars. Chocolate lovers who treasure history and recipes will find this book as valuable as it is delicious.”
—Flo Braker, author of Sweet Miniatures
 
 
“Maricel presents a colorful, textured, and in-depth view of the past, present, and possible future of cacao. We are also allowed a taste of the diversity that was once part of the palate of flavors used by the chocolate industry of old and insight into why some of these may be lost forever.”
—Gary Guittard, president of Guittard Chocolate Company
 
 
“After reading Maricel’s book and recognizing the sophisticated and complex journey from cacao in the field to the wonderful quality chocolate available to consumers, you will have a whole new appreciation for chocolate. Maricel offers detailed insight into the nuances of chocolate. A ‘must read’ for all chocoholics.”
—Emily Luchetti
 
 
“The New Taste of Chocolate is a loving tribute to cacao and the unsung heroes who have nurtured it for centuries, miraculously transforming it from bean to bar to the latest chocolate creation. Maricel’s meticulously researched book deserves a place of honor in every serious chocolate lover’s library.”
—Elaine González, author of The Art of Chocolate

From the Publisher

* The definitive illustrated reference on chocolate, updated with new chapters on the environmental and geo-political impact of cacao production and health issues surrounding chocolate.
* Chocolate tastes are becoming increasingly more sophisticated--Hershey's now produces several "artisanal" chocolate bars.
* Features 30 new and revised recipes, along with brand new photography.
* Chocolate is the #1 favorite flavor of Americans.

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Good pictures, good explanations.
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I bought the first edition of this book when it came out.
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I was interested especially in the history of chocolate.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Desertgypsy on March 20, 2011
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I purchased this book upon a recommendation of a professional Chocoliter program I'm enrolled. It is a wonderful book rich in history, the growing and manufacturing. Anyone who is interested in chocolate I believe would find this book fascinating. I have tried many of the recipes and find them a wonderful culinary experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By moderatelymoderate on May 14, 2013
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Before I bought The New Taste of Chocolate I read the reviews & the table of contents [when available] of all the books about chocolate that Amazon sold. This is the one I choose & I'm glad I did. Presilla knows & loves the many aspects of chocolate.

I was interested especially in the history of chocolate. We get the interaction of Mesoamerica & South America pre- & post-Columbus explained, plus the spread to other continents. Disease problems, DNA research, etc also are explained. Making nearly any of the recipes would require shopping at an Hispanic market, so I'll probably stick to reading them. That's just as well, as they are pretty high-calorie, with lots of heavy cream etc. The first & probably only one I'll try is a chololate & corn meal beverage.
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By SW on November 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I bought the first edition of this book when it came out. I see this is a revised edition, which I am also ordering. A beautiful coffee table-type book, it is very comprehensive, covering the history, genetic varieties, processing, endangerment, and future of chocolate, as well as recipes. The author grew up spending time on her family's cacao plantation.
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By J.B on May 24, 2014
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Great boom with magnificent information and recepies. This book is great for anyone that is interested in knowing more about the origen and uses of chocolate in different regions of the world.
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