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Registered dieticians Aaron and Bearden have crafted an in-depth and decadent examination of one of the world's favorite treats: chocolate. Divided into six chapters, the book covers all facets of the confection. The authors begin by explaining what chocolate is and its origins before moving on to the history of chocolate and how it is grown and harvested. Of particular note are the last two chapters on chocolate and health and the various myths about the food. The authors do an excellent job of explaining the health benefits of chocolate, which is rich in antioxidants and flavonols. They also provide recipes at the end of each chapter, including those for facials, lip balm, and soap. Chocolate is also flavored with color and black-and-white illustrations. Thoroughly researched and very well written, this would be an excellent addition to any collection. Recommended for all libraries, especially those with strong culinary or food history collections.
—Lisa A. Ennis