Over the years I have successfully cut back on the amount of junk food I eat. That is, I have successfully cut back on everything but chocolate. The darker the better. For me, really good dark chocolate almost has a slight citrus flavor mixed in with all of that bitter, creamy deliciousness.
After sharing my love of chocolate, you can probably imagine how excited I am that the lovely folks at The Chocolate Conspiracy are coming to the library to talk about the health benefits of chocolate, and they’re giving us an overview of how artisanal chocolate is made.
Here are the details:
To get us all by until then, here are a few of the books we have at the library dedicated to the creation of my favorite treat:
GREAT MOMENTS IN CHOCOLATE HISTORY
By Howard-Yana Shapiro
Packed with facts and photos, this book reveals the untold story of chocolate. Did you know that M&Ms were invented for WWII soldiers as the chocolate that wouldn't melt in their hands? Or that Thomas Jefferson predicted that chocolate would outstrip coffee as the most popular drink in America?
THE TRUE HISTORY OF CHOCOLATE
By Sophie D. Coe
Travel around the world as you discover chocolate’s origins in Central America, its journey to Europe as the drink of kings, and its eventual journey to the plates of the masses.
CHOCOLATE-COVERED KATIE : OVER 80 DELICIOUS RECIPES THAT ARE SECRETLY GOOD FOR YOU
By Katie Higgins
The healthy dessert blogger Katie Higgins shares over 80 never-before-seen recipes that use only real ingredients, without any unnecessary fats, sugars, or empty calories.
CHOCOLATE: SWEET SCIENCE AND DARK SECRETS OF THE WORLD'S FAVORITE TREAT
By Kay Frydenborg
Geared toward a teen audience, this book captures the history, science, and economic and cultural implications of the harvesting of cacao and creation of chocolate.
INSIDE CHARLIE'S CHOCOLATE FACTORY: THE COMPLETE STORY OF WILLY WONKA, THE GOLDEN TICKET, AND ROALD DAHL'S MOST FAMOUS CREATION
By Lucy Mangan
If we’re talking about chocolate, we’ve also got to talk about CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. This book explores the lasting legacy of Roald Dahl's popular book, examining the development of the original story and characters, its social history, and the varying film and stage adaptations.