Chocolate: The Consuming Passion

Chocolate: The Consuming Passion

by Sandra Boynton
     
 

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Sandra Boynton combines her famous creatures with a humorous text for a passionate guide that brings smiles to every chocolate-lover.

24 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list.

Selection of the Literary Guild.

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Sandra Boynton combines her famous creatures with a humorous text for a passionate guide that brings smiles to every chocolate-lover.

24 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list.

Selection of the Literary Guild.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780894801990
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/1982
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.28(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.


    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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