3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Slipshod. Sloppy. Unreliable. Look elsewhere.,
This review is from: The Healing Powers of Chocolate (Paperback)
I cannot help noticing that, as the reviews stand at this moment of writing, there are three breathless five-star reviews dating from (a) the date of publication, (b) the next day, and (c) the same week, suggesting strongly to me that these were not spontaneous, independent reviews. The next review in the Most Helpful First listing is a one-star review by Old Roses, who says, "My initial impression was that [the book] needed a good editor, but after the first couple of chapters, I realized that what it really needed was a good author." That is a devastating comment, but it speaks my mind very well. Old Roses' extensive detailed criticisms are her own, and my list would have different emphases (how little of the book is about the title theme; how useless is what it has to say on that theme; the lack of an index), but our conclusion is the same.
The single point of interest I found in Healing Powers of Chocolate was a statement (p50), "Dark chocolate and cocoa were found to thin the blood just as well as low-dose aspirin....". If true, that would be a very valuable thing to know, but tracking back to the source, I found, "Chocolate had the same type of effect as aspirin, but by a factor of 5 to 10 times less...". (To see for yourself, Google on:
chocolate aspirin kerr
and choose the hit from medscape.)
I looked at this book on chocolate (because it was readily accessible) to help me decide whether I should buy the author's book on olive oil (which wasn't readily accessible). On the basis of my two-hour examination of Healing Powers of Chocolate, I would not be eager to buy *any* book by Cal Orey, and I have dark suspicions about the origins of the heavy preponderance of five-star reviews (22 out of 24!) of this one.
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