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The true history of chocolate

Author: Sophie D Coe; Michael D Coe
Publisher: New York : Thames and Hudson, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The food of the gods": Delicious indulgence or cause of migraines? Aphrodisiac or medicinal tonic? Religious symbol or Mesoamerican currency? This tale of one of the world's favorite foods draws upon botany, archaeology, socioeconomics and culinary history to present for the first time a complete and accurate history of chocolate. The story begins some 3000 years ago in the jungles of lowland Mexico and Central  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sophie D Coe; Michael D Coe
ISBN: 0500016933 9780500016930 0500282293 9780500282298
OCLC Number: 34922964
Description: 280 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: The tree of the food of the gods --
The birth of cacao : Olmec-Maya genesis --
The Aztecs : People of the Fifth Sun --
Encounter and transformation --
Chocolate conquers Europe --
The source --
Chocolate in the Age of Reason (and unreason) --
Chocolate for the masses --
Epilogue : Full circle.
Responsibility: Sophie D. Coe and Michael D. Coe.

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"The food of the gods": Delicious indulgence or cause of migraines? Aphrodisiac or medicinal tonic? Religious symbol or Mesoamerican currency? This tale of one of the world's favorite foods draws upon botany, archaeology, socioeconomics and culinary history to present for the first time a complete and accurate history of chocolate. The story begins some 3000 years ago in the jungles of lowland Mexico and Central America, with the tree Theobroma cacao and the complex processes necessary to transform its bitter seeds into a beverage. Chocolate was consumed in generally unsweetened liquid form and used as currency by the sophisticated Maya, and the Aztecs after them. The Spanish conquest of Central America introduced chocolate to Europe as a luxury item; then industrialization made it a food for the masses. From Maya hieroglyphs to the Hershey Bar, this is a fascinating history, enhanced with quotations, illustrations and old recipes.--From publisher description.

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