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Chocolate Companion: A Connoisseur's Guide to the World's Finest Chocolates

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You don’t have to be a connoisseur to love chocolate, and even if you’re not, you’ll love this book! What more needs to be said about a book that guides chocoholics through the wonders and joys of the world’s best chocolates? Filled with mouth-watering images of the best chocolates from the best chocolate makers around the world, The Chocolate Companion is an invaluable guide to those who want to learn all they can about the world’s favorite treat! Go beyond dark or milk chocolate to discover the many exotic ...
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Overview


You don’t have to be a connoisseur to love chocolate, and even if you’re not, you’ll love this book! What more needs to be said about a book that guides chocoholics through the wonders and joys of the world’s best chocolates? Filled with mouth-watering images of the best chocolates from the best chocolate makers around the world, The Chocolate Companion is an invaluable guide to those who want to learn all they can about the world’s favorite treat! Go beyond dark or milk chocolate to discover the many exotic flavors now being created, including Earl Grey and cardamom-flavored chocolate. Learn the secrets behind the art of couverture and its effect on the taste and texture of fine chocolate. Each chocolate is analyzed in detail, with valuable tasting notes and details of seasonal specialties and availability.

This sumptuously illustrated, comprehensive book does for fine-quality chocolate what authoritative wine guides have achieved in the area of fine wines. Here in one glorious volume is everything chocolate lovers could hope to know about the object of their passion. Beautifully designed with over 200 full-color photos, this irresistible book is a seductive gift for "chocolytes" everywhere.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762428977
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,063,344
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Chantal Coady is the proprietor of Rococo, one of London’s finest chocolate shops, which she founded in 1983 as an outlet for high-quality chocolates. In 1991, she established the Chocolate Society along with a fellow chocolyte, as they call themselves. The society is dedicated to promoting interest in fine handmade chocolates. Chantal is such a purist about chocolate that you can frequently find her deep in the jungles of South America in hot pursuit of the ultimate cocoa bean. Chantal is the author of Chocolate: Food of the Gods.
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Table of Contents


Foreword     6
The Story of Chocolate     7
The History of Chocolate     8
Commercial Cultivation     10
European Tastes     11
The American Market     13
Quaker Industrialists     14
The Magic of Chocolate     15
The Making of Chocolate     17
The Cocoa Tree     17
The Chocolate Factory     19
Chocolate Ingredients     20
Chocolate Styles     23
Plain Chocolate     24
Milk Chocolate     26
White Chocolate     27
Organic Chocolate     27
Fair Trade     28
Fillings     29
The Appreciation of Chocolate     31
Storing and Serving     33
The Chocolate Directory     34
Other Chocolatiers of Note     159
Index     160
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