Chocolate Unwrapped

Taste & Enjoy the World's Finest Chocolate

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Author: Sarah Jane Evans

Publisher: Pavilion Books Limited

ISBN: 9781862058590

Category: Cooking

Page: 240

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The story of chocolate: its place in history, from the Mayans to 21st-century artisan producers; the journey from tree to bar, from the plantation to the gourmet store; and terroir and flavours from around the world Discover more than 80 of the world's top producers and their bars – single origin, ethical and fair trade, classic and new flavours Learn to taste chocolate like an expert Take a bite of a chocolate bar. Beside the pleasure it gives, the chocolate leads you on a journey from the cacao bean grown on a far-away plantation to the final designer bar, but also on a more complex voyage through history, society, politics and economics. Throughout its 3000-year history, chocolate has been celebrated as a precious health-giving drink; it was not until the 20th century that sweetened chocolate confectionery and bars replaced 'real' chocolate. Today fine chocolate is part of the revival of interest in 'real' food. Small artisan chocolatiers and global producers alike are seeking out top quality beans from specific origins. Sarah Jane Evans brings the story of chocolate up to date, and profiles more than 80 of the world's leading fine chocolate producers, with her tasting notes on selected bars. Chocolate has over 500 chemical compounds that affect its flavour and this book teaches the chocolate lover how to taste, discover and enjoy its many flavours.

The Chocolate Tasting Guide

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Author: Eagranie Yuh

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 1452130019

Category: Cooking

Page: 48

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The best (and most fun) way to learn about chocolate is by eating it, and this guide provides curious gourmands and budding chocoholics with all the tips they need to become cacao experts. The booklet includes information on buying and tasting chocolate plus how to hosting a tasting party. Let the tasting begin!

Raising the Bar: The Future of Fine Chocolate

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Author: Pam Williams,Jim Eber

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 0969192134

Category: Cooking

Page: 288

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"Just give me all your chocolate and no one gets hurt!" Billions of us worldwide understand what it means to scream those words. We feel lost-even unhinged-without chocolate's pleasures. And if chocolate is the music that makes our days brighter, fine chocolate is the symphony-the richest, most complex form in the chocolate universe. The most important movement in that symphony's centuries-old existence is now beginning. And that future is... what? A world of gray monochromatic flavor, or one rich with a rainbow of flavors that capture the myriad pleasures and diversity of the cocoa bean? In the spirit of Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma, Raising the Bar: The Future of Fine Chocolate tells the story of what that next movement in the fine flavor chocolate symphony might hold. Told in four lively parts covering everything from before the bean to after the bar-genetics, farming, manufacturing, and bonbons-the book features interviews with dozens of international stakeholders across the fine flavor industry to consider the promises and pitfalls ahead. It looks through what is happening today to understand where things are going, while unwrapping the possibilities for the millions and millions of us who believe that life without the very best chocolate is no life at all. Part One Seeds of Change: Genetics and Flavor The genetic story of the future of flavor cacao told through discussions with researchers, scientists, and experts around the world who are involved at the genetic level: from the mapping of the cacao genome to the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Initiative (HCP). The HCP seeks to connect flavor to genetics to the work being done on the ground in order to confront the spread of low-flavor beans and ensure cacao quality and diversity for future generations. Part Two From the Ground Up: Farmers, Farming, and Flavor Discussion of the issues of growing cacao from an ecological and sustainable perspective given the reality of where it is grown. Interviews and stories cover the majority of fine flavor growing regions and myriad efforts to add value and values to fine flavor chocolate; preserve, protect, and propagate flavor cacao for the future; and ensure that the beans are as good as they can possibly be. The realities and possibilities of fair trade chocolate and the work being done on fermentation are also covered. Part Three To Market, To Market: Craftsmanship, Customer Education and Flavor Can consumers learn to slow down, taste, explore, and value the costly complexity of fine chocolate? Though the future looks bright by some measurements, sometimes the numbers aren't what they seem... Discussions with both artisan and traditional chocolate manufacturers around the world on how they see the market and sources for fine flavor beans and what they are doing to educate their customers about their craft, including a survey of the nature of raw, organic, and functional chocolate. Part Four Performing Flavor: The Art of the Chocolatier Whether watching over those creations, traveling the world to discover new pairings, or simply taking their love of Junior Mints to the highest level, the worl''s fine flavor chocolatiers are all deeply aware of the "stage" they work on and the importance of taste in every performance. The future of their creations-the most flavorful and beautiful bonbons and confections in the world-are discussed as these chocolatiers confront the issues surrounding the preservation of their craft and how they see their flavors and recipe development changing (or not) in the future.

Discover Chocolate

The Ultimate Guide to Buying, Tasting, and Enjoying Fine Chocolates

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Author: Clay Gordon

Publisher: Gotham

ISBN: 9781592403080

Category: Cooking

Page: 160

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A connoisseur's guide to acquiring and consuming the world's best chocolates is a lavishly illustrated reference that provides information on cocoa-growing regions, makes recommendations for pairing chocolate with wine, and addresses the latest claims about the health benefits of chocolate. 20,000 first printing.

The New Taste of Chocolate

A Cultural and Natural History of Cacao with Recipes

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Author: Maricel E. Presilla

Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.

ISBN: 158008950X

Category: Cooking

Page: 246

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Updated with new chapters on the environmental and geopolitical impact of cacao production and the latest health findings, a visual reference incorporates new photography and 30 original or revised recipes for chocolate foods ranging from the sweet to the savory.

The Great American Chocolate Chip Cookie Book: Scrumptious Recipes & Fabled History From Toll House to Cookie Cake Pie

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Author: Carolyn Wyman

Publisher: The Countryman Press

ISBN: 1581571623

Category: Cooking

Page: 208

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Chronicles the history and evolution of the chocolate chip cookie, and features over seventy-five variations on the traditional recipe, including instructions for replicating Mrs. Field's and Momofuku Milk Bar's famous versions.

American Terroir

Savoring the Flavors of Our Woods, Waters, and Fields

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Author: Rowan Jacobsen

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1596916486

Category: Cooking

Page: 272

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"Terroir" is French for taste of place. In this book, a James Beard Award-winning author explores many of the North American foods that depend on place for their unique flavor, including salmon from Alaska's Yukon River and honey from the tupelo-lined banks of the Apalachicola River.

The Chocolate Connoisseur

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Author: Chloé Doutre-Roussel

Publisher: Piatkus Books

ISBN: 9780749928346

Category: Cooking

Page: 224

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This expert and irresistible book for everyone who loves chocolate is packed with amazing stories, tasting notes, history, myths, recipes, and "chocolate philosophy." Learn how to differentiate between good chocolate and bad, how to select a chocolate that reflects the day's "mood," and more.

Sweet as Sin

The Unwrapped Story of How Candy Became America's Favorite Pleasure

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Author: Susan Benjamin

Publisher: Prometheus Books

ISBN: 1633881415

Category: Social Science

Page: 315

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RECOMMENDED BY SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE AS A "BEST BOOK ABOUT FOOD OF 2016"! READERS WITH AN INTEREST IN THE HISTORY OF FOOD AND AMERICANA WILL SAVOR THIS CULTURAL HISTORY There’s more to candy than its sugary taste. As this book shows, candy has a remarkable history, most of it sweet, some of it bitter. The author, a food historian and candy expert, tells the whole story—from the harvesting of the marshmallow plant in ancient Egypt to the mass-produced candy innovations of the twentieth century. Along the way, the reader is treated to an assortment of entertaining facts and colorful characters. These include a deposed Mexican president who ignited the modern chewing gum industry, the Native Americans who created pemmican, an important food, by mixing fruit with dried meat, and the little-known son of a slave woman who invented the sugar-processing machine still in use today. Susan Benjamin traces people’s changing palate over the centuries as roots, barks, and even bugs were savored as treats. She surveys the many uses of chocolate from the cacao bean enjoyed by Olmec Indians to candy bars carried by GIs in World War II. She notes that many candies are associated with world’s fairs and other major historical events. Fun and informative, this book will make you appreciate the candy you love even more by revealing the fascinating backstory behind it.

Green & Black's Chocolate Recipes

From the Cacao Pod to Muffins, Mousses and Moles

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Author: Caroline Jeremy

Publisher: Kyle Cathie Limited

ISBN: 9781856267007

Category: Chocolate

Page: 192

View: 5986

100 decadent recipes from the leading producers of luxury, organic chocolate worldwide.

A Geography of Oysters

The Connoisseur's Guide to Oyster Eating in North America

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Author: Rowan Jacobsen

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781596918146

Category: Cooking

Page: 304

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In this passionate, playful, and indispensable guide, oyster aficionado Rowan Jacobsen takes readers on a delectable tour of the oysters of North America. Region by region, he describes each oyster's appearance, flavor, origin, and availability, as well as explaining how oysters grow, how to shuck them without losing a finger, how to pair them with wine (not to mention beer), and why they're one of the few farmed seafoods that are good for the earth as well as good for you. Packed with fabulous recipes, maps, and photos, plus lists of top oyster restaurants, producers, and festivals, A Geography of Oysters is both delightful reading and the guide that oyster lovers of all kinds have been waiting for.

Inside Charlie's Chocolate Factory

The Complete Story of Willy Wonka, the Golden Ticket, and Roald Dahl's Most Famous Creation.

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Author: Lucy Mangan

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 069816394X

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 224

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Celebrate the 50 years of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with this scrumdiddlyumptious book about the iconic novel and author! Inside Charlie’s Chocolate Factory explores the unique appeal and lasting cultural impact of Roald Dahl’s beloved classic. This non-fiction book looks at the development of the original story and charaters, its social history, and the varying film and stage adaptations. With never-before-seen material from the archives, full-color photos and illustrations throughout, and quotes from Roald Dahl enthusiasts this gorgeously produced gift book is a great way for fans to celebrate Charlie, Wonka, and Roald Dahl!

The Chocolate Therapist

A User's Guide to the Extraordinary Health Benefits of Chocolate (Revised Edition)

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Author: Julie Nygard,Julie Pech

Publisher: Turner

ISBN: 9781684421893

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 320

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An updated edition to a classic book about the amazing benefits of everyone's favorite food: Chocolate! Dark chocolate sales are on the rise as people embrace the concept that chocolate can truly be good for them. But how do they know what to eat, how much, and which kinds are the best? The Chocolate Therapist answers these questions and more. This book has everything a person needs to know to select the best chocolate for health. Both informative and entertaining, it includes alphabetized ailments, each with a chocolate recommendation, followed by supporting research as to how and why it helps the body. The Chocolate Therapist also includes a collection of chocolate necessities: Wine & chocolate pairing section with over 40 wines and three chocolate pairings for each wine. Wine aroma and chocolate flavor wheels to help readers discovers new flavors and combinations in both the wines and the chocolates. The Chocolate Bible: A unique compilation of websites, chocolate companies, international brands and research sites. A""Where Do You Hide Your Chocolate"" section, a laugh-out-loud chapter for anyone who has ever hidden a piece of chocolate Over 60 alphabetized ailments from Alzheimer's to Weight Loss The Chocolate Therapist helps readers discover what author Julie Nygard has known for years. The only difference between guilt-ridden and guilt-free chocolate enjoyment is simply education, and this book has it all!

Seriously Bitter Sweet

The Ultimate Dessert Maker's Guide to Chocolate

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Author: Alice Medrich

Publisher: Artisan Books

ISBN: 1579655114

Category: Cooking

Page: 336

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This newly updated version of the 2004 IACP-prize-winning book Bittersweet showcases 150 thoroughly tested recipes, both savory and sweet, and provides tips, tricks, techniques and answers to every chocolate question, including the percentage labeling. Original.

Bean-to-Bar Chocolate

America's Craft Chocolate Revolution: The Origins, the Makers, and the Mind-Blowing Flavors

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Author: Megan Giller

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 161212822X

Category: Cooking

Page: 208

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Author Megan Giller invites fellow chocoholics on a fascinating journey through America’s craft chocolate revolution. Learn what to look for in a craft chocolate bar and how to successfully pair chocolate with coffee, beer, spirits, cheese, or bread. This comprehensive celebration of chocolate busts some popular myths (like “white chocolate isn’t chocolate”) and introduces you to more than a dozen of the hottest artisanal chocolate makers in the US today. You’ll get a taste for the chocolate-making process and understand how chocolate’s flavor depends on where the cacao was grown — then discover how to turn your artisanal bars into unexpected treats with 22 recipes from master chefs.

The World's Greatest Chocolate-Covered Pork Chops

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Author: Ryan K. Sager

Publisher: Disney Electronic Content

ISBN: 1368000010

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: N.A

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Twelve-year-old chef Zoey Kate's Fried Banana Fondue is delectable, her Maple Cinnamon Crab Fajitas are divine, and her Chocolate-Covered Pork Chops are to die for. Zoey is the best cook in town and she wants everyone to know it. She's on a mission to start her own restaurant, but quickly learns that the restaurant industry is competitive . . . and dangerous. There are people who see Zoey as a threat, and they'll use any means necessary to make sure that she fails. Featuring a precocious, larger-than-life character, lots of humor, fast-paced action and mouth-watering foods, this cooking story is sure to appeal to young foodies and fans of shows like MasterChef Junior and Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off.

Ferran

The Inside Story of El Bulli and the Man Who Reinvented Food

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Author: Colman Andrews

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101545941

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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The first-ever biography of Ferran Adrià, the chef behind Spain's renowned El Bulli restaurant, by one of the world's foremost food authorities. More than just the most influential chef of the late-twentieth and early-twenty- first century, Ferran Adrià is arguably the greatest culinary revolutionary of our time. Hailed as a genius and a prophet by fellow chefs, worshipped (if often misunderstood) by critics and lay diners alike, Adrià is imitated and paid homage to in professional kitchens, and more than a few private ones, all over the world. A reservation at his one and only restaurant, El Bulli, is so coveted that scoring a table is harder than nabbing fifty-yardline tickets to the Super Bowl. In his lively close-up portrait of Adrià, award-winning food writer Colman Andrews traces this groundbreaking chef's rise from resort-hotel dishwasher to culinary deity, and the evolution of El Bulli from a German-owned beach bar into the establishment voted annually by an international jury to be "the world's best restaurant." Taking the reader from Adrià's Franco-era childhood near Barcelona through El Bulli's wildly creative "disco-beach" days and into the modern-day creative wonderland of Adrià's restaurant kitchen and the workshop- laboratory where his innovations are born and refined, Andrews blends sweeping storytelling with culinary history to explore Adrià's extraordinary contributions to the way we eat. Through original techniques like deconstruction, spherification, and the creation of culinary foams and airs, Adrià has profoundly reimagined the basic characteristics of food's forms, while celebrating and intensifying the natural flavors of his raw materials. Yet, argues Andrews, these innovations may not be his most impressive achievements. Instead, Adrià's sheer creativity and courageous imagination are his true genius-a genius that transcends the chef's métier and can inspire and enlighten all of us. Entertaining and intimate, Ferran brings to life the most exciting food movement of our time and illuminates the ways in which Adrià has changed our world- forever altering our understanding and appreciation of food and cooking. Watch a Video

Beer Pairing

The Essential Guide from the Pairing Pros

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Author: Julia Herz,Gwen Conley

Publisher: Voyageur Press

ISBN: 1627888225

Category: Cooking

Page: 216

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Beer has reclaimed its place at the dinner table. Yet unlike wine, there just aren't many in-depth resources to guide both beginners and beer geeks for pairing beer with food. Julia Herz and Gwen Conley are here to change that. As you start your journey, you'll learn all about the effects aroma, taste, preference, and personal experience can have on flavor. Just as important, you'll become a tasting Anarchist--throw out the conventional advice and figure out what works for you! Then, on to the pairing. Begin with beer styles, start with your favorite foods, or join the authors on a series of wild palate trips. From classics like barbecue ribs with American Brown Ale to unusual matches like pineapple upside-down cake with Double India Pale Ale, you'll learn why some pairings stand the test of time and you'll find plenty of new ideas as well. With complete information for planning beer dinners and cooking with beer, tips from pro brewers, and geek-out science features, Julia and Gwen will make sure you never look at beer--or food--the same way again!

The Chocolate Temptation

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Author: Laura Florand

Publisher: Laura Florand

ISBN: 098850653X

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 1951

Romantic Times acclaims Laura Florand's work as "sensuous and sumptuous", nominating her for Best Book of 2013, and NPR says it's "explosive, sensual . . . and utterly sweet". Now, in her sixth book in the award-winning Amour et Chocolat series, Florand takes us into a top Paris restaurant’s pastry kitchen and into the hearts and irresistible temptations of its chefs. She hated him. Patrick Chevalier. The charming, laid-back, golden second-in-command of the Paris pastry kitchen where Sarah worked as intern, who made everything she failed at seem so easy, and who could have every woman he winked at falling for him without even trying. She hated him, but she’d risked too much for this dream to give up on it and walk out just so he wouldn’t break her heart. But he didn’t hate her. Sarah Lin. Patrick’s serious, dark-haired American intern, who looked at him as if she could see right through him and wasn’t so impressed with what she saw. As her boss, he knew he should leave her alone. The same way he knew better than to risk his heart and gamble on love. But he was never good at not going after what – or who – he wanted. He could make magic out of sugar. But could he mold hate into love? PRAISE FOR LAURA FLORAND AND HER NOVELS “Florand outdoes herself with this exquisite confection… painstakingly crafted and decadent as the sweets it portrays, leaving the reader longing for just one little taste.” – Publishers Weekly Starred Review “Chocolate, Paris, and a Greek god for a hero; this delectable confection has it all!” – Library Journal Starred Review “All the elements of [Florand’s] successful recipe for reading pleasure—headstrong heroine, dashing hero, sinful desserts, and sultry situations—come together in another deliciously entertaining offering.” – Booklist “[Florand] captures the nature of love, its fierce, soul-warming necessity, in a way that will make you as happy as the finest bonbon could.” – The Barnes & Noble Review, a Best Book of 2013 "Florand's long-standing love affair with Paris comes alive in her charming descriptions of the city and the delectable desserts her hero concocts. ...[a]delightful story full of sizzling sexual chemistry and a stellar cast of secondary characters." – RT Book Reviews “So romantic and sexy.” – USA Today “Sweet and sexy and all around delicious!!!” – New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh “I adored this story…Paris, chocolate, and romance, all in one hilarious package.” – New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James "I love, love Laura Florand's writing! Deeply emotional, delightfully sensual, deliciously sumptuous. Give yourself a treat and buy this book." – New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra “It’s like when you find that amazing piece of chocolate — you take a bite, and it sits on your tongue and melts into a pool of liquid heaven.” – RT Book Reviews “Seriously, get this book. Thank me later. Once you wash the melted chocolate off your hands…” – USA Today bestselling author Donna Kauffman “Readers will devour this frothy, fun novel.” – Booklist “Explosive, sensual . . . and utterly sweet.” – NPR Books (Keywords: international lover, multicultural, office romance, enemies-to-lovers, culinary romance, paris, france, chocolate, asian heroine)