9 3/4 x 11 1/4 in. 192 pages. Hardcover, with more than 270 full-color photographs. For many, their passion for chocolate is a life-long obsession and a secret vice. Dedicated to all those fanatical chocolate lovers and those of us who are a little more restrained in our interest, here is the perfect companion and guide for appreciating this delightful and ever-popular treat to the fullest. Since its discovery by the conquistadors in the Americas and subsequent introduction into Europe in the 17th century, chocolate has become an important component of culinary and social culture throughout the Western world.