Mort Rosenblum
Chocolate: A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light
September 08, 2019 Comments.. 535
Chocolate: A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light Mort Rosenblum The delectable journey into the world of chocolate by the award winning author of OlivesScience, over recent years, has confirmed what chocolate lovers have always known the stuff is actually good for you It s the Valentine s Day drug of choice, has antioxidants than red wine, and triggers the same brain responses as falling in love Nothing, in the end, can standThe delectable journey into the world of chocolate by the award winning author of OlivesScience, over recent years, has confirmed what chocolate lovers have always known the stuff is actually good for you It s the Valentine s Day drug of choice, has antioxidants than red wine, and triggers the same brain responses as falling in love Nothing, in the end, can stand up to chocolate as a basic fundament to human life.In this scintillating narrative, acclaimed foodie Mort Rosenblum delves into the complex world of chocolate From the mole poblano chile laced chicken with chocolate of ancient Mexico to the contemporary French chocolatiers who produce the palets d or bite sized, gold flecked bricks of dark chocolate to the vast empires of Hershey, Godiva, and Valrhona, Rosenblum follows the chocolate trail the world over He visits cacao plantations meets with growers, buyers, makers, and tasters and investigates the dark side of the chocolate trade as well as the enduring appeal of its product Engaging, entertaining, and revealing, Chocolate A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light is an intriguing foray into this food of the gods.. Chocolate A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light The delectable journey into the world of chocolate by the award winning author of OlivesScience over recent years has confirmed what chocolate lovers have always known the stuff is actually good for
  • Title: Chocolate: A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light
  • Author: Mort Rosenblum
  • ISBN: 9780865477308
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Kirsti S. says:

      The history was interesting and some of the details about current producers of chocolate, but overall it is fun to eat chocolate than read about someone else eating it.

    2. Raja99 says:

      I read the Large Print edition, since my library lost the normal print edition.I rate this 8 10 My feelings are a bit mixed the author is a journalist or reads like it and seems a bit sloppy as I tend to think of most journalists as being I m not overwhelmingly happy with the organization of this book it s almost like a fixup of short pieces for magazines Perhaps because of that, or perhaps because of the large print, I had to check this book out from the library twice and renew it 4 times to fi [...]

    3. Kaye says:

      I enjoyed Rosenblum s The Secret Life of the Seine when I read it many years ago This one was a bit less satisfying Did come away really wanting to read the Coes book on chocolate, which has been on my wishlist for a very long time I found the organization of the book a bit random Rosenblum is a reporter but he gets awfully close to some of the people he s interviewing, so his objectivity is a bit in doubt We do seem to have similar tastes in chocolate, although I don t begin to have his breadth [...]

    4. Lucretia says:

      I seem to have been bingeing on chocolate lately It all started with a presentation about chocolate at the local historical society after which the presenter showed both books she used to prepare her talk This is the second one and it wasn t exactly as fascinating as the first It seems unusual to me that a non fiction work has no citations But this one is like a TV travel program centered on a roving researcher striving to find the finest chocolate and how it s grown, processed, and made Along [...]

    5. Mel says:

      This was a really fascinating look at chocolate, from the history of the native use, the European spread, and the global commodity it has become Rosenblum took me around the world, from bean to bar, and didn t flinch from the bitter parts of chocolate s reality I thoroughly enjoyed the journey.

    6. Allison says:

      This was an interesting history on chocolate Making chocolate is much complex than I could have imagined I thought this book was a little choppy and hard to follow at times, but was well researched.

    7. Wendy says:

      Chocolate A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light by Mort Rosenblum is a cross between a chocolate history book and a travelogue around the chocolate world Justin found the book for me in a quaint bookstore in Seattle a few years ago and I loved reading it It was interesting to learn what goes into making fine chocolate The 2nd half of the book was the most interesting and flowing to me so if the beginning drags, start reading from chapter 5 on I hosted a bookclub in my ward in Georgia for this boo [...]

    8. Kk says:

      If I say that this book illuminates to us the journey of chocolate from pod to pallet Of chocolate and chocolatiers Of different places which offer yet different chocolate.everything from its farming to history it affects lives of millions.How this sweet sin is not just a mere candy but an addiction with a depth surpassing oceans You might gather it as a bore.full of facts.This book is about a new different world parallel to ours which revolves around chocolate will suck the soul out of your bod [...]

    9. Jessica says:

      Rosenblum sets out to find out about chocolate, and suceeds, traveling all over the world in his journey He interviews fine chocolate makers and tasters, but also plantation workers who harvest the cacao beans, not to mention the Mexican mamas who treasure their family mole recipes He regales the reader with the history of the Aztecs and their worship of chocolate, debunks a number of myths about chocolate it doesn t make you fat, and isn t an aphrodisiac, for instance , as well as introducing a [...]

    10. Larry Hostetler says:

      I started this book with an interest in the subject but from a layman s standpoint I finished the book having greater appreciation for the art of fine chocolate making and a desire to develop my palate to appreciate the subtleties of the best Unfortunately, the best is best consumed quickly Good chocolate doesn t last, which is why several premium chocolate makers advise purchasers to consume it without delay But savoring the high cocoa content dark chocolate to be able to discern the various fl [...]

    11. Bookmarks Magazine says:

      Rosenblum trades the focus of his James Beard award winning Olives for a newer, sweeter obsession His experience as a newspaperman Rosenblum is the former editor for the International Herald Tribune and a former Associated Press reporter bears fruit in the strong source material he tracks down in far flung locales If his prose is weakened by newsroom clich s, it is at least clean and consistent enough to tell a satisfying story Newsday Like any devotee, Rosenblum has his favorites, and while the [...]

    12. Chris says:

      Before this book I read The True History of Chocolate Coe Coe and found the Rosenblum book much entertaining but still edifying Sure, he s a reporter looking to get up to speed with something in just two years, but unlike the diligent Coes, the writing is brisk and enjoyable I particularly appreciated his willingness to be critical of some producers for taking advantage of people willing to pay top dollar for good chocolate and not caring what the fantastic packaging contains Yes, after doing t [...]

    13. Dina says:

      Almost everyone loves chocolate Those interested in learning about this food of the gods will find entertainment as well as information in this book The saga presented here is anecdotal than truly historical, although it does include some interesting history of the cacao tree as well as the various products made from its beans But, what is most interesting is Rosenblum s account of his travels from Central America to Europe to Africa as he researches chocolate s history and then follows the pr [...]

    14. Alex says:

      There s no chocolate inside the book Not one gram That s probably why the book didn t fair even better in the reviews.With amazing detailed and savory descriptions, the author takes us on a round the world trip to find and taste all the facets of the chocolate world From Hershey bars to french haute cuisine To home made Mexican variety, to deep African jungles plantations.The persons Rosenblum meets, have rich deep experiences with the chocolate world, in one way or another And most of them woul [...]

    15. Powells.com says:

      Nine of every ten persons say they love chocolate The tenth lies Starting with a quote from revered gourmand Anthelme Brillat Savarin, Rosenblum sets the tone for his in depth study of a worldwide passion Few things produce as visceral a response as chocolate The smell, texture, and deep glossy color, not to mention the taste, have bewitched humans for millennia From chocolate s beginnings as a sacred elixir in ancient cultures to its current status as a sensual and oh so necessary indulgence, R [...]

    16. Ana says:

      I probably would never have read or finished this book if it wasn t a book group selection I did appreciate the portion on the history of cacao in the Americas, his discussion of the various growing regions around the world, and the chapter on Hershey interesting guy But, overall I did not really care for Rosenblum s writing style which felt too journalistic yes, I know he was a journalist I also didn t have much interest in all the various details about fine choclatiers sp in Europe so, it get [...]

    17. Elizabeth☮ says:

      this book is absolutely fascinating the history of chocolate begins with the mayans and is linked to the aztecs the spaniards invasion of the americas introduced the cacao bean to europe where chocolate is transformed into pieces of art there s a lot here about the growing of the trees, the picking and drying out the beans and the difference one stir or one degree can make in the final product i would love to taste so many of the various chocolates mentioned often compared to winetasting, it s [...]

    18. Chris says:

      I like to know how things work, and I found that this book about how chocolate is grown, processed, shipped, and made was a great read It talks to the people who grow the pods, about the trees and their evolution It talks to people who are passionate about each stage in the process and some of the most decadent and sought after final products in the world It is not the fastest or easiest read if you are just in the mood for a good novel, but it will give you a much deeper appreciation for the pr [...]

    19. Megan says:

      Though it took me awhile to finish, I really enjoyed this trip around the world, exploring the past, present and future of chocolate The book itself was almost like a bar of dark chocolate I had to take it in a little bit at a time There were kinds of chocolate I had never heard of I had no idea about Britain s obsession with violet and rose creams They sound horrible haha and things I would love to try someday pretty much any chocolate made in France Luckily I was well supplied with my favorite [...]

    20. Ren says:

      For the most part an interesting book covering many aspects of chocolate from cultivation to production and within production from a mass market candy bar to a painstakingly crafted work of art Shame on Mort though for not putting together a resource list in the back maybe that is against journalist rules though Warning though, it does make one want to eat chocolate and very expensive chocolate at that As proof you should see the library book I read, covered in chocolate smears and I contributed [...]

    21. Jennifer says:

      SO AMAZING Who hates Chocolate, anyway I actually ate chocolate on than one occasion while I read this I highly recommend you do the same if you re planning on reading it Just the way that he describes this delicious foodstuff makes you feel like you re out there with him, searching for cocao and wishing for Valrhona chocolate After reading this book, I ve decided someday I m going to do chocolate tasting and I have appreciation for chocolate in general It was nice taking a long time on this b [...]

    22. Julie says:

      It took me a couple of years to read this book It spent most of it s time sitting idly on my nightstand I finally decided I was tired of looking at it and wanted it finished so I could stick it on a bookshelf Once I set my mind to it, it was pretty good, not a page turner though The other problem was everytime I read it, I felt the need to eat good chocolate Most of the chocolates he mentioned are difficult to find in the States, but Jean Paul Hevin in Paris, wow It was nice to have tried one of [...]

    23. Erica Poole says:

      So, I am a fiction girl on most fronts, but something about this book intrigued me I am soooo glad I read it Only took 2 days, could NOT put it down This author has a way with the written word He talks about the characters in the chocolate business, as well as some politics surrounding it, cultivating the cacoa plant, machinery used in making chocolate, everything And, best of all, he really makes it interesting, felt as if I was reading a novel, not a non fictional account of a food Definitely [...]

    24. Melissa says:

      What I learned Godiva chocolate is a big fat waste of money, Lindt chocolate is okay Supermarket chocolate is all garbage, but so is the chocolate from many supposed fine chocolatiers candy makers I don t think I can walk into a candy chocolate shop and judge high quality chocolate, based on what I learned in this book Aww, hell, who cares As Mort acknowledged, the chocolate you grew up with is the chocolate you like bestexcuse me while I go eat another handful of chocolate chips.

    25. Doug says:

      For me this was an update on The Emperors of Chocolate , but this time a bit wide ranging and spending a bit time on the finished product While a fair bit of time was spent introducing the reader to the fragile, magic bean, much of the time was spent with the middle users, those who take it and either turn it into semi finished chocolate for use in manufacture of a finished product, or those that take and turn it into the finished product either mundane or heavenly.

    26. Rachel Rogers says:

      Enjoyable, educational, funny, delicious Add a bit history to this and it s what I hoped Salt would be The debates of how different countries take their chocolate was really amusing I guess, by and large, I m French than American in the chocolate world I like mine dark and while Hershey has its place and smelled great going to college 8 miles away that place is on s s most of the time or else with Hershey kisses on peanut butter cookies.

    27. MJ says:

      I m halfway through this excellent history of chocolate A wonderful writer, Rosenblum takes you through the manufacturing process, the wars between Mars Hershey, the significance of chocolate to the early native americans, and so much I can t tell you all It is engaging and chatty and you feel you are with him as he tracks down expert chocolatiers in the alleyways of Paris Must read for anyone really serious about their chocolate consumption

    28. Katie says:

      I really enjoyed this book because the topic was always interesting to me no matter my mood and I learned a lot I have definitely added going to France to taste their chocolate as a life goal But, just to warn you I read this right before bed every night and it made me incredibly hungry for chocolate at that time.

    29. Lissa Schultz says:

      This book had me searching the internet and buying all sorts of chocolate and creating a list of must visit chocolate locations around the world I thought Mort Rosenblum s writing was really interesting Although the book started slow for me with the history and time in Mexico, it quickly picked up once things turned toward modern times Really enjoyed it and will read it again

    30. Robin says:

      This is the History of Chocolate including the Legends and Lore surrounding it, the processes used in its manufacture and the many uses found for it It is a very interesting read although being a History book is it a bit slow at times If you are a lover of Chocolate and enjoy History than I recommend this book.

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