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Chocolate: The Sweet History Hardcover – April, 2005
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*A history of chocolate from the author of CANDY:THE SWEET HISTORY. *Includes chocolate types and terminology with a clever glossary, a tasting primer, and a historical chocolate timeline. *Features classic recipes for chocolate confections, cakes, and cookies with easy-to-follow instructions and a simple guide to working with chocolate.
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With artistry and ingenuity American chocolate entrepreneurs have built family businesses into indulgent enterprises. Detailing chocolates elaborate history, from its bitter beginnings to its present form, Kimmerle highlights long-standing companies; telling the tale of family recipes, company mergers, and the advent of chocolate marketing.
Historical details including chocolates Aztec origins and the mythology surrounding the cocoa plant combine with a timeline depicting the development of the chocolate trade and the eventual spread of the delicacy to all corners of the globe. Learn how different growing regions produce distinctly different varieties of chocolate, and how to refine your own taste buds to recognize the nuances.
Complete with a tasting guide and simple chocolate-rich recipes, the love affair with chocolate will thrive on your coffee table and in the kitchen.
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Kimmerlie's book is a classic. . I've ordered additional copies of her impressively researched, well-written, and wondefully illustrated book, as gifts for friends, and relatives. Her first "candy" book is also on my list of purchases that I purchase for valued colleagues.
It was interesting to read the history of Chocolate and to think that it really didn't become widespread in Europe or North America until the mid 1700's. What a treatless life it must have been when that wonderful indulgence wasn't available to people of all ages and a delicate combination of of traits: exclusive,romantic,sinfully indulgent,seductive,exotic,delicious,and yet healthful,nutritious and above all else,legal.Although the book concentrates on the chocolate products that were sold in The United States,it brings back fond memories to me , since Canadians were also great lovers of chocolate as well.While we had candy companies of our own here,we also benefited from chocolate products from The British Isles,Europe and of course United States.I was born in 1935 and experienced something that surprisingly was not mentioned in the book .I was just a kid during WWII (1939-1945) and had already developed a love of chocolate and other candy.However;these treats came to a sudden halt because of rationing of sugar,butter,meat,gas,alcohol,as well as a slew of other things. As a result ,we did not see things like bananas,bubble gum,chocolate bars,etc. until the end of the war.
However;where there is a will there is a way ;so it became very popular to "Squirrel Up" some sugar and making of homemade fudge became very popular. Everybody made it,and fudge sales became very popular to raise money for all sorts of clubs and organizations. But things have changed ,and I haven't heard of anyone "making fudge" for years.
In Canada,we have always been very fond of candy bars or chocolate bars.There were a large variety and many still can be found today. They were sold by every "corner store" the five & dime stores like Woolworths,candy bars at the movie theatres,and even in 1948 or so were 5 Cents each.Boxed candy was also popular but was more for special occasions and/or gifts.
A lot of the names mentioned in the book such a Baker's ,Hershey's, Cadbury's, etc. are well known here in Canada.Fanny Farmer is also known ,but not nearly as well as Laura Secord.However;the picture on page 63 really got my interest. This box is identical in every way except for the name and picture.In Canada it is Laura Secord .They are probably the most popular and have their own stores everywhere.Other common names are Nestles, Lowney's,Neilson's .I suspect that there is a lot of common ownership involved.Things are forever changing,I have my doubts if the quality and taste is as good as it used to be,but many products that I remember from many years past are still around such as Oh Henry,Malted Milk (Mars Bars),Coffee Crisp,Crispy Crunch,Hershey's Kisses ,etc.
A great book and reminder of the part chocolate plays in all our lives and indulgences.
it made me so hungry for chocolate and im a chocolate fanatic
even the book tasted good
~~~ body hottie