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The Book of Chocolate: The Amazing Story of the World's Favorite Candy Hardcover – March 21, 2017
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Gr 9 Up—This comprehensive history of chocolate summarizes its evolution from its origins as a Mesoamerican spicy drink to its contemporary status as the worldwide confection of choice. Much of the book concentrates on the efforts to change that bitter drink into an edible sweet food, describing how entrepreneurs such as John Cadbury and Milton S. Hershey experimented for years to balance ingredients and create processes that resulted in a stable product with mass appeal, making fortunes and sparking development of further goods, such as chocolate chips, Reese's peanut butter cups, and M & M's. The passages on the business of chocolate (the formation of corporations, modern factory production, chocolate chemistry, and contemporary trends in chocolate products) are somewhat dry. Newquist discusses European exploitation of the regions where cocoa beans were and are grown and the role of historical and contemporary slavery and the mistreatment of workers in cocoa production but doesn't explore these themes in depth. Illustrations are small and colorful, mostly consisting of reproductions of period art and advertising for chocolate products. This book is more attractive and positive about chocolate and those who produce it than Kay Frydenborg's Chocolate: Sweet Science & Dark Secrets of the World's Favorite Treat, which includes more coverage of slavery and the environmental and ecological costs of chocolate production. VERDICT Chocolate lovers may nibble at this book, but most won't consume the entire thing.—Mary Mueller, Rolla Public Schools, MO
Accolades for HP Newquist:
NSTA Outstanding Science Book of the Year, The Great Brain Book and The Book of Blood
CBC Oustanding Science Book of the Year, The Great Brain Book
ALA "Quick Pick," For Boys Only
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From both a humanistic and confectionery perspective, The Book of Chocolate is bound to grab your attention and leave you hungering for more.