Indulgence: One Man's Selfless Search for the Best Chocolate in the World

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From Willy Wonka to Ferrero Rocher, chocolate is embedded in our culture as perhaps no other foodstuff. And although it has been swooned over endlessly in print, Indulgence takes the subject to entirely new realms. In a pleasurable mélange of travel narrative, historical writing, and literary gastronomy, Paul Richardson discovers a substance that still has much to say about the joys and agonies of our human debt to pleasure. In this whimsical chronicle of one of mankind’s ruling passions, he concludes that chocolate has lost none of its mysterious capacity to bewitch.

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Paul Richardson won critical acclaim for 'Our Lady of the Sewers' and 'Cornucopia; A gastronomic tour of Britain'. He is fast-becoming one of Britain's leading food-history writers.

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Perhaps no other edible substance is so fraught with meaning as chocolate, a food that conjures up memories of childhood and feelings of bliss. For the average consumer who gets a fix from Hershey or Snickers, Richardson’s exploration of chocolate’s historical, cultural, gastronomic and even political impact will be nothing short of eye-opening. He begins his travelogue in Mexico, with a study of the harvesting and production of cacao beans, which come from the Theobroma Cacao ("chocolate tree"). While journeying through such countries as Venezuela, Spain, France, Italy, the U.K., and the U.S., Richardson observes the manner in which people enjoy their chocolate and concludes that it is directly tied to culture: hot chocolate drinks abound in Spain and, in France, artisan chocolatiers produce sublime truffles and other treats. Artisinal chocolate is a far cry from the sweet milk chocolate confections favored in the United States and Britain. Of the Cadbury eggs that are ubiquitous during Easter, Richardson remarks: "To eat a whole Creme Egg...is to feel sick in soul and stomach for the rest of the day." Of course, luxury items are never without political implications and consequences. Richardson notes the harsh dichotomy that exists between producing and consuming nations: "Cacao and chocolate are the raw and the cooked. What comes to mind is a dualistic, almost Manichean world, or rather two separate worlds living in almost total ignorance of each other. How many Western consumers have more than the faintest clue about cacao, its provenance and process? Meanwhile Latin America consumes 7 per cent of the cacao it produces; Africa, just 3 per cent." Readers will likely be left with a serious chocolate craving after reading some of Richardson’s more eloquent descriptions, but it’s hard to imagine ever looking at a bon-bon in quite the same way again.
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Book Description Little, Brown Book Group, United Kingdom, 2004. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Everybody loves chocolate. From Willy Wonka to Ferrero Rocher, the Cadbury s Flake girl to the man from Milk Tray, it is embedded in our culture like no other foodstuff. The Prozac of Candy produces the same chemicals in your brain as when you fall in love.Paul Richardson has had a sweet tooth ever since his grandmother fed him Lindt milk chocolate animals as a boy. Now, in this fascinating new book, he satisfies a lifelong craving by travelling the world to find out the history of this most popular of foodstuffs. It is a journey that begins in the cacao groves of Guatemala and Mexico, and takes him from the old world to the new, to mainland Europe and the chocolatiers of Paris and Zurich, to Britain and America, and the homes of Cadbury and Hershey.For chocolate lovers everywhere - and let s face it, that s most of us - INDULGENCE is a treat. Witty, insightful and wonderfully readable, this is the tastiest book you ll devour all year, bar none. Seller Inventory # AWC9780349115528

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