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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 4, 2014

    The True History of Chocolate (Second Edition) written by Sophi

    The True History of Chocolate (Second Edition) written by Sophie and Michael D. Coe presents a very well written and extensive history on the history of chocolate, with the story beginning as early as the time when the Olmec were first creating chocolate to the modern-era when it has been turned into a savory treat by people such as Milton Hershey. Before I began reading this book, I was expecting a really interesting history on chocolate that would perhaps contain a lot of engrossing information and facts. Throughout my time of reading this book, I developed the impression of the book as being very informative, and not as interesting and engrossing as I thought it would be. Although the book did contain a few interesting facts, it felt almost like I was reading something out of a history textbook, making me feel bored at times. The book does an amazing job however at covering many of the important aspects of the history of chocolate from its beginnings in Mesoamerica to what it has become of today and all in between. The book also does an amazing job going in depth and becoming really detailed to explain the history of chocolate. The reason I thought it was boring at times is because of all the details the authors give in order to explain his informative report on the history of chocolate.

    One of the things the authors of this book do really well on is that they both completed the purpose of the book in a strong way. I believe that the authors accomplished this by writing their book in a very informative way. The large amounts of information that this book provides really help cover the history of chocolate, and all the information that this book provides really shows the research and time that was put in into writing this book. I also believe that the purpose of the book was completed successfully due to how well it connected the history of chocolate throughout the different time periods that it is important in. The book really shows fluent transitions from one moment in time to another, helping readers make connections on why something happened and what effect that would have later in time. In the end, the purpose of this book was accomplished successfully by the authors when they wrote their book in a very informative way, and wrote fluent transitions that helped connect the history of chocolate throughout different time periods.

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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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