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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2008

    AP World Book Review: My Opinion About the True History of Chocolate

    "The True History of Chocolate" is a facinating book that would be well suited for the curious of those who have research obligations. The story begins with the uncertain origin of cacao. Although it is from South and MesoAmerica it han't been determined wheter it was introduced to various areas or indegenuis. Regardless it thrived there for thousands of years out of the sight of the Eastern World. The Mayan, Olmec, and Aztec nobility had drunk it for years. It was even use as their form of currency. But, this isolation ends in the late 1400sWhen the Iberian states had sent expeditions to the Atlantic, they not only stumbled on the Amerindian civilizations they also found the theobrama cacao or the chocolate tree and the product made from it. <BR/> <BR/> When the explorers brought choclate back to Europe it was experiement with greatly. Many remedies were formed as well as new uses of chocolate. Now, it could be found as sorbet and pastries at ballroom parties all over Western Europe.But, the fact that the original product tells a lot about the people of the time period. It showed that they were open to new ideas and methods.They were no longer satisified with excepting as just being, they had to elaborate on it and find ways to use it to their advantage. This open- minded nature is greatly emphasized in the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution and becomes a characteristic of Western Europe even in modern times. Wriiten by the doctor of anthropology, Sophie D. Cole , this book is extremely informational and benefical to all that read it. I personally recommend it to evenyone . But, the key is that one most allow time to absorb and take in the book. In all, it is quite thorough and has delightful and equally insightful pictures.

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  • Posted December 7, 2008

    AP World History Review: A Reasonably Tasty Book

    Sophie D. Coe and Michael D. Coe know more about chocolate than I ever imagined. This book is filled with so much information, I didn't think chocolate could have such an extensive history. The history of chocolate begins with the Mesoamericans and ends with current day American and European chocolate making, with an extensive amount on the Aztecs. Probably the most enjoyable part of this book would be all the recipes it includes. Not being one to really cook, it's still interesting to look at all the different ingrediants used and how the ingrediants changed over the years or stayed the same. Other parts I enjoyed in the book involved the arguments between scientists over the ingrediants affect on people or whether chocolate affects a person at all, and it's many uses. Chocolate could be used as a drink, a sauce, a drug, and then a delightful treat. I never even considered chocolate as a drug, besides the fact that many people were and are addicted to it.<BR/> I'm not sure if I would recommend this book to many people though. To read this book, you can't have any distractions and you have to be in the mood for a lot of information back to back. I'm not really the type of person that loves to read a lot of historical information, but atleast it was about chocolate, so that kept my attention. I did think that it talked a little too much about the Aztecs and their history and not enough on their affect on chocolate. Maybe they did have all they could have on the Aztecs and chocolate, but I think the history of the Aztecs was a little too extensive for a book focused on chocolate. Another area of the book that I thought struggled a little was the end. It seemed to slow down and it lost my attention. I wished it would have discussed the modern chocolate industry a little bit more, and maybe more on different brands and types of chocolate we love in today's world. This book was still written very well and was very informative. That is really what I expected out of this book, and I'm glad I put the book down knowing a lot more about chocolate than I did before picking it up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    I would like to say that this book was a a very good read. It g

    I would like to say that this book was a a very good read. It gave me a more ind depth veiw on the world of chocolate. The authors Sophie Coe, and Michael Coe did a very wonderful job on describing the life a cocoa bean adn how the old tribes and people used the bean. Teh most interesting part of the book that i think was intersting was the part where they say that the Aztecs used the Kakao bean, that had a monetary value. They would use the bean as a form of money adn could play for what they needed for everyday life. And slao i thought it was very interesting when they talked about the sacrifices that the Aztecs did. The sacrifies would be kind of drugged into doing th esacrife. If they where not happy then they would give the person that would to be sacrificed chocolate and this would become a form of drugging your victim. And they go very indepth on how the people back then made chocolate it was a very hard and laborious task. You first had to get the beans then you had to cure it then get the bean out. Teh you could use it as money or just plain food. Yes i would recommend this book it was a very good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2011

    The Truth About the True History of Chocolate

    I would recommend the True History of Chocolate. The story begins with a rather slow talk about how to process the cocoa bean, and how to turn it in to the sweet chocolate we know and love. After you get past the first chapter, the true story begins. This book takes you on the adventure of chocolate. How it all began in the Mayan hands and then into the Aztecs. The idea that people once used a chocolate bean as money makes you wonder why people would chose to eat it if that was your way of payment. The use of chocolate and the details given in the story give an insight to the culture of Central America during this time.

    The author completes her purpose when she explains how the Spain conquest of Central America brought chocolate into Europe. Then this delicious sweet treat was in liquid form, and drunk by kings and aristocrats. Then when industrialization hit in the 19th century, chocolate became a mass product, and was turned into what we know today. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy cultural history, those who would enjoy learning how chocolate turned into what it is today, and those who enjoy pure chocolate! This book is a great tale and centuries and struggle to get today's sweet chocolate.

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    Posted October 20, 2009

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