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Chocolate has been one of mankind's obsessions for centuries. The history of cacao and chocolate-making leads from Mexico to Spain and then France, Austria, Switzerland, and Belgium, while its consumption is universal. This collection examines chocolate's history as well as its use in literature, art, music, and folklore, as a subject for psychology and childrearing, and as an important product for business. In addition, recipes for novel and tasty uses of chocolate are provided. While chocolate may be seen as food of the gods, it is consumed around the world by all ages and classes. This is an intriguing book for scholars in many fields and for those interested in the history of food and their favorite sweet.

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This collection of 20 contributions examines chocolate's history, as well as its use in literature, art, music, and folklore, psychology, and commerce. Examined in some depth is chocolate's use in psychological research; chocolate's role in art and literature, from the Avant-Garde to the Marquis de Sade; and important but little-known details about the processing and manufacture of chocolate. A treasure-trove of information, lore, and even a few recipes for cooks and chocoholics. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Meet the Author

ALEX SZOGYI is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Hunter College/City University of New York.

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Table of Contents

I Chocolate and Psychology 1
1 Chocolate and Loneliness among the Elderly 3
2 Locus of Control and Chocolate Perceptions 11
3 Curing Irrationality with Chocolate Addiction 19
4 Perceived Attributes of Chocolate 35
II Chocolate and Literature 45
5 Conventions of Chocolate as Weapons of War and Peace in Shaw's Arms and the Man, Straus's The Chocolate Soldier and in the MGM Film Version, The Chocolate Soldier 47
6 Candy, Cheka, and Controversy: The Propaganda Failure of Alexander Tarasov-Rodionov's 1922 Novel Chocolate 59
7 Chocolate for Rrose: Marcel Duchamp's Chocolate Grinder and The Large Glass 67
8 Has Modernism Failed the Chocolate Box? 85
9 Chocolate Imagery in Avant-Garde Art 93
10 Inside the Pastilles of the Marquis de Sade 99
III Chocolate Commerce and Health 109
11 The Role of Chocolate in the American Diet: Nutritional Perspectives 111
12 Bite-Sized Marketing: Candy Bars 125
13 Proof That an Entrepreneurial Dream Can Come True . . . Through Chocolate 131
14 Trends in Chocolate 137
IV Chocolate Lore 145
15 Cacao: Gift of the New World 147
16 The Social and Economic History of Cacao Cultivation in Colonial Soconusco, New Spain 155
17 Chocolate - Its Quality and Flavor (Which Is the World's Best Chocolate?) 165
18 Location Factors in Cocoa Growing and the Chocolate Industry 183
19 Chocolatissimo! 197
20 Chocolate Recipes 205
Index 211
About the Editor and Contributors 223
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