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A Dark History of Chocolate - A Dark History (Hardback)
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A Dark History of Chocolate - A Dark History (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 06/10/2021
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_A Dark History of Chocolate_ looks at our long relationship with this ancient 'food of the Gods'. The book examines the impact of the cocoa bean trade on the economies of Britain and the rest of Europe, as well as its influence on health, cultural and social trends over the centuries. Renowned food historian Emma Kay takes a look behind the facade of chocolate - first as a hot drink and then as a sweet - delving into the murky and mysterious aspects of its phenomenal global growth, from a much-prized hot beverage in pre-Colombian Central America to becoming an integral part of the cultural fabric of modern life. From the seductive corridors of Versailles, serial killers, witchcraft, medicine and war to its manufacturers, the street sellers, criminal gangs, explorers and the arts, chocolate has played a significant role in some of the world's deadliest and gruesome histories. If you thought chocolate was all Easter bunnies, romance and gratuity, then you only know half the story. This most ancient of foods has a heritage rooted in exploitation, temptation and mystery. With the power to be both life-giving and ruinous.

Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781526768308
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm

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“Everything a Chocoholic Needs to Know”

You know chocolate accompanied me on my journey through this book, don’t you? You might think that makes this book an outlier. You’d be so wrong. Professional chocoholic here! So much so that if you’re missing some... More

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“Highly recommended”

When I think of chocolate I think of "The food of the God" but i didn't know the darker side of its story.
It's a well written and well researched book that kept me reading and made me reflect and... More

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“Not enough dark chocolate”

Emma Kay’s A Dark History of Chocolate is a short book: less than 200 pages and only four chapters. As with the other book that I’ve read by the same author, the history is interspersed with recipes. I’m not sure that... More

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