Chocolatology: Chocolate's Fantastical Lore, Bittersweet History, & Delicious (Vegan) Recipes
by Darin Wick Author, Angel York Author, Cat Callaway Illustrator and Greg Clarke Photographer
Where does chocolate come from? What is it good for? What scientific studies (reputable and otherwise) have been done on it? And how do you incorporate it into every meal of the day and then some? Angel York and Darin Wick invite you into the world of chocolate, walking you through its lore, history, and uses.
Chocolatology gives the casual cook dozens of ways to incorporate this stellar ingredient into everyday dishes, and takes intrepid food scientists a step farther, into the art of sourcing beans, making chocolate from scratch, and enjoying 17th Century chocolate concoctions. Unlike many books about chocolate, this one offers a balanced, evidence-based overview of cacao’s health and nutritional value. Chocolatology takes a close look at the chocolate industry and its history, and introduces readers to a variety of trade initiatives and suppliers that are working to improve the lives of cacao growers and their employers.
Angel and Darin first thought about chocolate together in 2010 when they visited the chocolate section of their local food co-op and spent several hours pondering ways to make information about the food supply chain more accessible.
Find more recipes, chocolate lore, and errata over at the authors' blog.
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Comments & Reviews
Chocolatology is a unique book on a much-loved topic and clearly the authors love chocolate as much as this reviewer!
Chocolatology by Angel York and Darin Wick is, as the title suggests, a study in chocolate.
(Check out the link for a full review of the classic Hot Chocolate and Mole recipes)
"Chocoholic Heaven: The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory of recipe books with a unique vegan spin.
If you love chocolate as much as I do – meaning being OBSESSED by any chocolate flavoured food, whether in drink form, or with alcohol, and enjoy cooking your favourite treats, than you will adore Chocolatology. It’s also bound in a handy smaller size which will be perfect for perching on your shelf, and taking out when those cravings kick in (which is like everyday for me).
Chocoholics… eat your heart out!"
"...gives the casual cook dozens of ways to incorporate this stellar ingredient into everyday dishes, and takes intrepid food scientists a step farther, into the art of sourcing beans, making chocolate from scratch, and enjoying 17th Century chocolate concoctions."
"Food can be fun, delicious, nutritious, emotional, political and problematic; it is everything, and no food embodies this more than chocolate. Chocolatology pays tribute to this unique food's deliciousness with fun recipes while also covering its fascinating, sometimes dark, history. Don't be intimidated by savory recipes like Chocolate Cauliflower Gratin, jump in and expand your culinary repertoire while learning about the real history, and versatility, of this magical bean."