CHOCOLATE: The Consuming Passion

CHOCOLATE: The Consuming Passion

by Sandra Boynton
     
 

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Wait. Sandra Boynton wrote a book about CHOCOLATE? For grown-ups?

Oh YES! Boynton’s beloved classic returns, updated and redrawn by her for a whole new generation of chocophiles. In addition to her extensive new research, Boynton also nobly sourced and consumed untold quantities of great chocolate, with no thought for her own personal

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Wait. Sandra Boynton wrote a book about CHOCOLATE? For grown-ups?

Oh YES! Boynton’s beloved classic returns, updated and redrawn by her for a whole new generation of chocophiles. In addition to her extensive new research, Boynton also nobly sourced and consumed untold quantities of great chocolate, with no thought for her own personal safety.

Lavishly illustrated and filled with useful facts and cheerful misinformation, CHOCOLATE: The Consuming Passion is the absolute ideal gift for every true chocolate obsessive. Discover the many faces of chocolate—milk chocolate, dark chocolate, boxed chocolates, pretend chocolate, and the wild new frontier of small-batch craft chocolate. Learn about chocolate’s complex effects on the body, the psyche, and the soul. Prepare select simple recipes, such as “Hippo Pot de Mousse.” Learn how to grow your own chocolate, assuming you don’t mind relocating to within 15º of the Equator. There’s even a handy guide to saying “Excuse me, where is the nearest chocolate?” in eleven languages, including Klingon. (Nook-dock YOOCH dah-PULL?) Boldly go.
 

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Chocophiles — and others — will find practical information amid the humor." —The Sacramento Bee

“The most successful of her several books for grownups … defies genre, but on first blush one might be tempted to call it an illustrated natural, culinary, and industrial history of chocolate. What is striking about 'Chocolate,' though, is the way its seemingly unvarnished earnestness is coated in a generous robe of sardonic tastemaking.”
Ian BogostThe New Yorker

“Sandra Boynton deserves mention alongside more frequently acclaimed masters of cross-generational entertainment, like Matt Groening and Jim Henson.”
Ian BogostThe New Yorker

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761185635
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/06/2015
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
162,900
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 6.30(h) x 0.50(d)

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Myth No. 2 "Chocolate is fattening."

A crucial factor has been overlooked in this widespread condemnation of chocolate: Most chocolate eaters tend to supplement their chocolate intake with other foods. By what right, what logic can chocolate be singled out as the cause of plumpness? How can we be certain that, say, carrots are not a catalyst of weight-gain when chocolate is present?

And there is empirical evidence that also raises serious doubts about chocolate's fatteningness: Few chocolate lovers can simply lie back and wait for chocolate to come to them. For most, getting and keeping chocolate often requires strenuous physical work.

Myth No. 5 "Chocolate is nothing more than a substitute for affection."

Much has been made lately of the recent scientific finding that there is a chemical in chocolate-phenylethylamine-that is virtually identical to the substance manufactured by the brain of the infatuated individual. In various studies of the phenomenon,

  • the conclusion drawn is that chocolate obsession is in fact self-medication for the spurned lover. He or she is trying to synthesize the "high" of being in love.

    As is too often the case with these social scientists, they are taking sound, highly suggestive data and drawing empirically absurd conclusions. What reasonable soul prefers romance to truffles?

    Clearly it is not the lovelorn sufferer who seeks solace in chocolate, but rather the chocolate-deprived individual who, desperate, seeks in mere love a pale approximation of bittersweet euphoria.

  • Drs. Donald F. Klein and Michael R. Liebowitz, "Hysteroid Dysphoria," Psychiatric Clinics of North America. Vol. II, No.3. Dec. 1979; Dr. John Money, Love and Love-Sickness: The Science of Sex, Gender Difference, and Pair-Bonding, John Hopkins University Press, 1980.

  • Meet the Author

    Sandra Boynton is a popular American cartoonist, writer, and songwriter. Since 1974, Boynton has written and illustrated over fifty children’s books and seven general audience books, including five New York Times bestsellers. More than 60 million of her books have been sold—“mostly to friends and family,” she says. She has also written and produced five albums of award-winning children’s music. Three of her albums have been certified Gold, and Philadelphia Chickens, nominated for a Grammy, has gone Platinum. She lives with her family on a farm in New England.


     

    Brief Biography

    Hometown:
    "Somewhere in rural Connecticut"
    Date of Birth:
    April 3, 1953
    Place of Birth:
    Orange, New Jersey
    Education:
    B.A., Yale University, 1974; attended University of California--Berkeley Drama School and Yale Drama School

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