The Philosophy of Chocolate : 12-9780712354349

The Philosophy of Chocolate : 12

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Author(s): Bilton, Sam,
Binding: Hardback,
Date of Publication: 19/10/2023,
Pagination: 112 pages, 25+ Mono Illustrations,
Series: British Library Philosophies,
Imprint: British Library Publishing,
Published By: British Library Publishing,
Book Classification: Society & social sciences,
Dimensions: 136 x 206 x 15
ISBN13/EAN/SKU: 9780712354349

What makes chocolate so alluring? Why is it the inspiration for endless culinary creativity? Sam Bilton explores our complex relationship with this versatile confection, which is made from the humble beans of the tropical cacao tree.

Divided thematically, the book moves between the ceremonial uses of chocolate and its reputation as an aphrodisiac, investigates its reputed health properties and poisonous possibilities. Other chapters reveal the darker side of its production in the Americas, through slave labour and exploitation of indigenous populations, as well as its commercialisation as a sweet treat in Western cultures, and chocolate consumption around the world.

This mouth-watering, illustrated book is rounded off with tasting tips and chocolate recipes to leave you feeling fully replete.