Chocolate Books Every Chocolate Lover Needs to Read

What better way to learn more about chocolate, its history, its culture, and everything else encompassing it than through reading? Whether you are just diving into the addiction of fine chocolate or are a long time chocoholic, we have a list of chocolate books every chocolate lover needs to read.

Chocolate Books


Cocoa

Kristy Leissle (Author) 2018

Cocoa Book
In this incisive book, Kristy Leissle reveals how cocoa, which brings pleasure and wealth to relatively few, depends upon an extensive global trade system that exploits the labor of five million growers, as well as countless other workers and vulnerable groups. The reality of this dramatic inequity, she explains, is often masked by the social, cultural, emotional, and economic values humans have placed upon cocoa from its earliest cultivation in Mesoamerica to the present day. 

Making Chocolate: From Bean to Bar to S'more: A Cookbook

Dandelion Chocolate (Author) 2017

Making Chocolate: From Bean to Bar to S'more:

From nationally-lauded San Francisco chocolate maker, Dandelion Chocolate, comes the first ever complete guide to making chocolate from scratch. From the simplest techniques and technology—like hair dryers to rolling pins—to the science and mechanics of making chocolate from bean to bar, Making Chocolate holds everything the founders and makers behind San Francisco’s beloved chocolate factory have learned since the day they first cracked open a cocoa bean.

Chocolate: Indulge Your Inner Chocoholic, Become a Bean-to-Bar Expert

Dom Ramsey (Author) 2016

Chocolate: Indulge Your Inner Chocoholic, Become a Bean-to-Bar Expert

Find out how to identify quality when buying, taste like a pro, or make your own chocolate at home and experiment with different flavor combinations. Take the leap from chocoholic to chocolatier with the help of more than 20 step-by-step recipes for truffles, fondant, cake, ice cream, and more. Eight step-by-step techniques provide mini master classes for tempering, flavoring, and even making your own bean-to-bar chocolate. Chocolate also traces the transformation from cocoa bean to bar, highlights the chocolate-producing countries throughout the world, and explains why chocolate is so addictive. 

Chocopologie: Confections & Baked Treats from the Acclaimed Chocolatier

Fritz Knipschildt (Author), Mary Goodbody (Contributor) 2015

Chocopologie: Confections & Baked Treats from the Acclaimed Chocolatier

Rich, smooth, and intensely flavorful, chocolate inspires a passion like no other. In Chocopologie, master chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt takes chocolate to luscious new heights, incorporating it into recipes both classic and new, for ultra-indulgent desserts, heavenly truffles, easy anytime snacks, and so much more. Chocolate for breakfast? Why not! Sprinkled into granola, it’s practically health food. Cocktail hour? Make it doubly wicked with chocolate martinis or spiked hot cocoa. Knipschildt’s artisanal chocolates, sold at gourmet stores across the country, are famous for their playful and innovative flavor combinations, and that playfulness shines in this charming book. In addition to winning recipes for treats, including cookies and bars, cakes, candies, and other sweets, Knipschildt shares fascinating and helpful tips, advice, and information about chocolate, drawn from his personal experience and formal pastry training.

Fine Chocolates 4: Creating and Discovering Flavours

Jean-Pierre Wybauw (Author), Serdar Tanyeli (Author) 2014

Fine Chocolates 4: Creating and Discovering Flavours Hardcover – November 24, 2014

Belgium is well-known for its delicious chocolate. In Fine Chocolate 4, Jean-Pierre Wybauw expresses in clear, concise language how to create and shape your own chocolates. He also takes a closer look at the different flavorings you can use and combine, a topic which was never explored before in a book. Various mouth-watering and original praline recipes are described in detail. The interesting background information and superb photographs will invite anyone to indulge in this sweetness.

The True History of Chocolate

Sophie D. Coe (Author), Michael D. Coe (Author) 2013

The True History of Chocolate Paperback – Illustrated, June 28, 2013

This delightful tale of one of the world’s favorite foods draws on botany, archaeology, and culinary history to present a complete and accurate history of chocolate. It begins some 4,000 years ago in the jungles of Mexico and Central America with the chocolate tree, Theobroma Cacao, and the complex processes necessary to transform its bitter seeds into what is now known as chocolate. This was centuries before chocolate was consumed in generally unsweetened liquid form and used as currency by the Maya and the Aztecs after them. The Spanish conquest of Central America introduced chocolate to Europe, where it first became the drink of kings and aristocrats and then was popularized in coffeehouses. Industrialization in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries made chocolate available to all, and now, in our own time, it has become once again a luxury item.

The New Taste of Chocolate, Revised: A Cultural & Natural History of Cacao with Recipes 

Maricel E. Presilla (Author), Penny De Los Santos (Photographer) 2009

The New Taste of Chocolate, Revised: A Cultural & Natural History of Cacao with Recipes [A Cookbook] Hardcover – Illustrated, November 24, 2009

More than two hundred years ago, the great Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus christened the cacao tree Theobroma cacao, “food-of-the-gods cacao.” Truly, chocolate is the closest thing we mortals have to ambrosia. But not all chocolate is created equal, a fact we instinctively know when we bite into an exceptional piece of chocolate. What qualities set artisanal chocolate apart from mass-marketed brands? How does chocolate impact our health? How will the rising popularity of microbatch chocolate affect the industry? To find out, The New Taste of Chocolate, Revised takes us on a journey beginning with Maya and Aztec chocolate rituals, followed by exploring the significance of cacao through the ages, up through groundbreaking contemporary genetic discoveries.

From Bean To Bar: A Chocolate Lover's Guide to Britain

Andrew Baker (Author) 2020

From Bean to Bar: A Chocolate Lover’s Guide to Britain Hardcover

Chocolate arouses greater passion in its fans than any other food, and chocolate-making is one of the most exciting and dynamic areas in Britain’s burgeoning artisan food scene. This book is a celebration of chocolate-making, designed to locate and bring to a wider audience the fascinating people making good chocolate in the right way. Arranged geographically in a dozen regional chapters, each one is centered on a local hero but also casts light on other chocolatiers and bean-to-bar makers in their area. A profile of the area and its most characterful artisans is backed up in each chapter by a locator map and data on transport links, supplier websites, and other foodie points of interest. Part travelogue and part biography, always informative and entertaining, there will be practical information that readers can use to make their way around Britain, tasting as they go, or to order lovely chocolate from their armchair while reading about the people who make it. Among the people and places to be included are Duffy Sheardown, a former Formula One racing engineer who makes bars of chocolate in a shed in Cleethorpes that are prized by chocolate connoisseurs all over the world; Willie Harcourt-Cooze, a glamorous globetrotter who grows cocoa in Venezuala and makes chocolate in Uffculme, Devon (sold in Waitrose); and the passionate young women of Dormouse, who from tiny premises in Manchester are winning international accolades.

Cocoa: An Exploration of Chocolate, With Recipes

Sue Quinn (Author) 2019

Cocoa

Chocolate has beguiled us for centuries. From the spiced drinks sipped by the nobility in ancient Mexico to the artisan bars filled with weird and wonderful flavor combinations we devour today, chocolate has always had a magical pull on our senses. Exotic, indulgent, hedonistic and sensual, its power over us somehow exceeds the sum of its parts. This ground-breaking exploration of chocolate, by award-winning writer and lifelong cocoa enthusiast Sue Quinn, will intrigue, inspire, surprise and fascinate you in equal measure. In these pages is a wealth of cultural, historical, and culinary information about the story of chocolate through the ages and across the world, illustrated with vintage packaging, iconic advertisements, and stunning illustrations. Interspersed throughout the book are 80 sweet and savory recipes to tantalize the taste buds, such as Salted Caramel and Lime Chocolate Sauce; Triple Chocolate and Liquorice Cake with Treacle Praline;Spelt, Chocolate and Cranberry Crackers; and Coffee, Chocolate and Chipotle-Glazed Beef Short Ribs.

The Art and Craft of Chocolate: An enthusiast's guide to selecting, preparing and enjoying artisan chocolate at home

Nathan Hodge (Author) 2018

The Art and Craft of Chocolate: An enthusiast's guide to selecting, preparing and enjoying artisan chocolate at home Flexibound – Illustrated, August 21, 2018

In The Art and Craft of Chocolate, world-renowned chocolate maker Nathan Hodge takes you on a grand tour of chocolate—from its processing, history, and trade to how it's made, bean to bar. The book includes the basic principles of chocolate-making at home and  recipes for traditional moles, drinks, baked goods, rubs, and more.

From Cocoa Beans to Chocolate (Who Made My Lunch?)

Bridget Heos (Author), Stephanie Fizer Coleman (Illustrator) 2018

From Cocoa Beans to Chocolate (Who Made My Lunch?) Paperback – Illustrated, February 6, 2018

Ice cream might be your favorite dessert, but do you know how it's made? This new series explains just that. Come along on the journey as common household foods travel from farm to factory to table. Learn how grapes are made into jelly and peanuts are made into peanut butter. With clear process explanations and charming illustrations, this series answers the questions of curious and hungry kids. A child wonders where chocolate comes from and learns about cocoa farmers and how cocoa beans are harvested in West Africa and chocolate makers and how cocoa beans are made into chocolate at at factory. This illustrated narrative nonfiction book includes a map of where cocoa trees are grown, glossary, and further resources. 

Theo Chocolate: Recipes & Sweet Secrets from Seattle's Favorite Chocolate Maker

Debra Music  (Author), Joe Whinney (Author), Leora Bloom (Author), Charity Burggraaf (Photographer) 2015

Theo Chocolate: Recipes & Sweet Secrets from Seattle's Favorite Chocolate Maker Hardcover – September 22, 2015

Who doesn’t love chocolate? Here are delicious sweet and savory chocolate recipes, along with the fascinating story of how North America's first organic and Fair Trade chocolate factory came to be (and why they are so passionate about how their chocolate is made). Theo Chocolate is dedicated to making the world a better place. From bean to bar, Theo Chocolate uses organic ingredients and is committed to Fair Trade practices, working closely with farmers around the world who grow the cocoa beans used in their chocolate. This book not only shares Theo's story and their passion for doing the right thing, but also celebrates the decadent pleasure of enjoying excellent chocolate thanks to 75 recipes to make at home along with full-color photographs throughout.

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