Sunday, August 24, 2008

True History of Chocolate

The True History of Chocolate, Second Edition

This book was written by a husband and wife team of anthropologists, Michael and Sophie Coe. Sophie was also a food historian, so getting the facts straight were of the utmost importance to her and her reputation. She chronicles the entire history of chocolate starting with the Mayan culture up to the present manufacturing of chocolate in Mexico, Spain, Europe, and the U.S.
Bless her heart, Sophie passed away after nearly completing her manuscript. Her loving husband Michael vowed to her that he would complete her work and make sure that she was published. He succeeded in keeping his vow to her. A beautiful love story in itself.
If you are interested in reaching into an excitingly detailed timeline of the "Theobroma Cacao" (food of the Gods), this book is a must read. Not only for the sake of learning how chocolate (our number one priority) reached its' heights to this day, but for the magnificent history of the Mayan and Aztec cultures and their reverence of chocolate.

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