Joop Daalder, Dutch immigrant, has been an outsider from the first. Raised in a family of intellectuals and musicians, for which food was of no interest, he developed his taste buds on the sly, finding his vocation and true happiness as an apprentice to master-chocolatier Sorel in France. Our story begins years later, with Joop a long-time, celebrated chocolatier in Toronto. Then a super-deli is built next to his shop where three trendy "chocolatiers" steal his clients. The last straw is when the deli's car park is expanded and his shop has to be destroyed. Joop fights against it, alienating his wife and incurring the mockery of his son. In his search for perfection, Daalder's Chocolates is the fascinating tale of the bittersweet life of a real connoisseur.
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I was rather disappointed in this book. After reading it I am left wondering what it was about this book that made me look at it on two or three different occasions before purchasing it. It is the story of an aging chocolatier that starts out at the end of his career and then flashes back to how he got to this point. I found myself rather annoyed with the main character, Joop Daalder, and his selfishness. I usually enjoy reading foreign authors so that I can get a view on other cultures through their own eyes, but this one just didn't meet my expectations.