Chocolate Unwrapped

Author: Sarah Jane Evans
Publisher: Pavilion Books Limited
ISBN: 1862058598
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Cooking

The story of chocolate: its place in history, from the Mayans to 21st-century artisan producers; the journey from tree to bar, from the plantation to the gourmet store; and terroir and flavours from around the world Discover more than 80 of the world's top producers and their bars – single origin, ethical and fair trade, classic and new flavours Learn to taste chocolate like an expert Take a bite of a chocolate bar. Beside the pleasure it gives, the chocolate leads you on a journey from the cacao bean grown on a far-away plantation to the final designer bar, but also on a more complex voyage through history, society, politics and economics. Throughout its 3000-year history, chocolate has been celebrated as a precious health-giving drink; it was not until the 20th century that sweetened chocolate confectionery and bars replaced 'real' chocolate. Today fine chocolate is part of the revival of interest in 'real' food. Small artisan chocolatiers and global producers alike are seeking out top quality beans from specific origins. Sarah Jane Evans brings the story of chocolate up to date, and profiles more than 80 of the world's leading fine chocolate producers, with her tasting notes on selected bars. Chocolate has over 500 chemical compounds that affect its flavour and this book teaches the chocolate lover how to taste, discover and enjoy its many flavours.

Raising the Bar The Future of Fine Chocolate

Author: Pam Williams
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 9780969192138
Release Date: 2012-09-27
Genre: Cooking

"Just give me all your chocolate and no one gets hurt!" Billions of us worldwide understand what it means to scream those words. We feel lost-even unhinged-without chocolate's pleasures. And if chocolate is the music that makes our days brighter, fine chocolate is the symphony-the richest, most complex form in the chocolate universe. The most important movement in that symphony's centuries-old existence is now beginning. And that future is... what? A world of gray monochromatic flavor, or one rich with a rainbow of flavors that capture the myriad pleasures and diversity of the cocoa bean? In the spirit of Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma, Raising the Bar: The Future of Fine Chocolate tells the story of what that next movement in the fine flavor chocolate symphony might hold. Told in four lively parts covering everything from before the bean to after the bar-genetics, farming, manufacturing, and bonbons-the book features interviews with dozens of international stakeholders across the fine flavor industry to consider the promises and pitfalls ahead. It looks through what is happening today to understand where things are going, while unwrapping the possibilities for the millions and millions of us who believe that life without the very best chocolate is no life at all. Part One Seeds of Change: Genetics and Flavor The genetic story of the future of flavor cacao told through discussions with researchers, scientists, and experts around the world who are involved at the genetic level: from the mapping of the cacao genome to the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Initiative (HCP). The HCP seeks to connect flavor to genetics to the work being done on the ground in order to confront the spread of low-flavor beans and ensure cacao quality and diversity for future generations. Part Two From the Ground Up: Farmers, Farming, and Flavor Discussion of the issues of growing cacao from an ecological and sustainable perspective given the reality of where it is grown. Interviews and stories cover the majority of fine flavor growing regions and myriad efforts to add value and values to fine flavor chocolate; preserve, protect, and propagate flavor cacao for the future; and ensure that the beans are as good as they can possibly be. The realities and possibilities of fair trade chocolate and the work being done on fermentation are also covered. Part Three To Market, To Market: Craftsmanship, Customer Education and Flavor Can consumers learn to slow down, taste, explore, and value the costly complexity of fine chocolate? Though the future looks bright by some measurements, sometimes the numbers aren't what they seem... Discussions with both artisan and traditional chocolate manufacturers around the world on how they see the market and sources for fine flavor beans and what they are doing to educate their customers about their craft, including a survey of the nature of raw, organic, and functional chocolate. Part Four Performing Flavor: The Art of the Chocolatier Whether watching over those creations, traveling the world to discover new pairings, or simply taking their love of Junior Mints to the highest level, the worl''s fine flavor chocolatiers are all deeply aware of the "stage" they work on and the importance of taste in every performance. The future of their creations-the most flavorful and beautiful bonbons and confections in the world-are discussed as these chocolatiers confront the issues surrounding the preservation of their craft and how they see their flavors and recipe development changing (or not) in the future.

Discover Chocolate

Author: Clay Gordon
Publisher: Gotham
ISBN: 1592403085
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Cooking

A connoisseur's guide to acquiring and consuming the world's best chocolates is a lavishly illustrated reference that provides information on cocoa-growing regions, makes recommendations for pairing chocolate with wine, and addresses the latest claims about the health benefits of chocolate. 20,000 first printing.

The Chocolate Connoisseur

Author: Chloé Doutre-Roussel
Publisher: Piatkus Books
ISBN: 0749928344
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Cooking

This expert and irresistible book for everyone who loves chocolate is packed with amazing stories, tasting notes, history, myths, recipes, and "chocolate philosophy." Learn how to differentiate between good chocolate and bad, how to select a chocolate that reflects the day's "mood," and more.

The Book of Tea Coffee

Author: Sarah Jane Evans
Publisher: Pavilion Books, Limited
ISBN: 1862052018
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Cooking

Enlivened with quotations from some of our b est-known poets and writers, The Book of Tea and Coffee reco unts the history of the two beverages, and offers advice on appreciating the different blends on offer. '

The New Taste of Chocolate

Author: Maricel E. Presilla
Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
ISBN: 9781580089500
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Cooking

Updated with new chapters on the environmental and geopolitical impact of cacao production and the latest health findings, a visual reference incorporates new photography and 30 original or revised recipes for chocolate foods ranging from the sweet to the savory.

Chocolate

Author: Kay Frydenborg
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780544175662
Release Date: 2015-04-07
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

A fascinating account for teen readers that captures the history, science, and economic and cultural implications of the harvesting of cacao and creation of chocolate. Readers ofChew On This and The Omnivore's Dilemma will savor this rich exposé.

Sweet as Sin

Author: Susan Benjamin
Publisher: Prometheus Books
ISBN: 9781633881419
Release Date: 2016-03-15
Genre: Social Science

RECOMMENDED BY SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE AS A "BEST BOOK ABOUT FOOD OF 2016"! READERS WITH AN INTEREST IN THE HISTORY OF FOOD AND AMERICANA WILL SAVOR THIS CULTURAL HISTORY There’s more to candy than its sugary taste. As this book shows, candy has a remarkable history, most of it sweet, some of it bitter. The author, a food historian and candy expert, tells the whole story—from the harvesting of the marshmallow plant in ancient Egypt to the mass-produced candy innovations of the twentieth century. Along the way, the reader is treated to an assortment of entertaining facts and colorful characters. These include a deposed Mexican president who ignited the modern chewing gum industry, the Native Americans who created pemmican, an important food, by mixing fruit with dried meat, and the little-known son of a slave woman who invented the sugar-processing machine still in use today. Susan Benjamin traces people’s changing palate over the centuries as roots, barks, and even bugs were savored as treats. She surveys the many uses of chocolate from the cacao bean enjoyed by Olmec Indians to candy bars carried by GIs in World War II. She notes that many candies are associated with world’s fairs and other major historical events. Fun and informative, this book will make you appreciate the candy you love even more by revealing the fascinating backstory behind it.

Beer Pairing

Author: Julia Herz
Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)
ISBN: 9780760348437
Release Date: 2015-12-01
Genre: Cooking

"A resource guide for both beginners and beer geeks explaining beer styles and characteristics, taste elements, interactions, and providing specific food pairings"--

American Terroir

Author: Rowan Jacobsen
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9781596916487
Release Date: 2010-08-17
Genre: Cooking

"Terroir" is French for taste of place. In this book, a James Beard Award-winning author explores many of the North American foods that depend on place for their unique flavor, including salmon from Alaska's Yukon River and honey from the tupelo-lined banks of the Apalachicola River.

Bread Wine Chocolate

Author: Simran Sethi
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780062221544
Release Date: 2015-11-10
Genre: Social Science

Award-winning journalist Simran Sethi explores the history and cultural importance of our most beloved tastes, paying homage to the ingredients that give us daily pleasure, while providing a thoughtful wake-up call to the homogenization that is threatening the diversity of our food supply. Food is one of the greatest pleasures of human life. Our response to sweet, salty, bitter, or sour is deeply personal, combining our individual biological characteristics, personal preferences, and emotional connections. Bread, Wine, Chocolate illuminates not only what it means to recognize the importance of the foods we love, but also what it means to lose them. Award-winning journalist Simran Sethi reveals how the foods we enjoy are endangered by genetic erosion—a slow and steady loss of diversity in what we grow and eat. In America today, food often looks and tastes the same, whether at a San Francisco farmers market or at a Midwestern potluck. Shockingly, 95% of the world’s calories now come from only thirty species. Though supermarkets seem to be stocked with endless options, the differences between products are superficial, primarily in flavor and brand. Sethi draws on interviews with scientists, farmers, chefs, vintners, beer brewers, coffee roasters and others with firsthand knowledge of our food to reveal the multiple and interconnected reasons for this loss, and its consequences for our health, traditions, and culture. She travels to Ethiopian coffee forests, British yeast culture labs, and Ecuadoran cocoa plantations collecting fascinating stories that will inspire readers to eat more consciously and purposefully, better understand familiar and new foods, and learn what it takes to save the tastes that connect us with the world around us.

Chocolate

Author: Anita Ganeri
Publisher: Collins Educational
ISBN: 0007465335
Release Date: 2013-01-14
Genre: Cacao

Chocolate comes in many forms – from chocolate bars to hot chocolate – but how was it first discovered, and how is it made? Trace the journey chocolate makes, from the cocoa bean on the tree to the chocolate bar in the shop in this fascinating report. • Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. • Text type: A non-fiction report • Curriculum links: Geography; History

Chocolate

Author: Mort Rosenblum
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0865477302
Release Date: 2006-10-17
Genre: Cooking

A food journalist tackles one of the world's most popular narcotics--chocolate--in search of the biological, historical, and social reasons why this substance has so tantilized humans the world over.

A Geography of Oysters

Author: Rowan Jacobsen
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1596918144
Release Date: 2010-08-09
Genre: Cooking

In this passionate, playful, and indispensable guide, oyster aficionado Rowan Jacobsen takes readers on a delectable tour of the oysters of North America. Region by region, he describes each oyster's appearance, flavor, origin, and availability, as well as explaining how oysters grow, how to shuck them without losing a finger, how to pair them with wine (not to mention beer), and why they're one of the few farmed seafoods that are good for the earth as well as good for you. Packed with fabulous recipes, maps, and photos, plus lists of top oyster restaurants, producers, and festivals, A Geography of Oysters is both delightful reading and the guide that oyster lovers of all kinds have been waiting for.

Cookie Recipes

Author: Mary Owens
Publisher: Tate Pub & Enterprises Llc
ISBN: 1621470024
Release Date: 2012-10-30
Genre: Cooking

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