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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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  • 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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    Posted October 20, 2009

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