Though many think of chocolate simply as a delectable treat to satisfy a sweet tooth, nutritional research of recent decades has revealed that chocolate can have vital health benefits. Dieticians Shara Aaron and Monica Bearden, who began publicizing this research in the late 1990s and promoting chocolate for its nutritional value, here offer a thorough introduction to the darkly delicious substance. They give not only a culinary but also a cultural history of chocolate around the world, describing in detail its many forms and its benefits, highlighted with tasty photos, tips, trivia, and ancient and modern recipes for everything from chocolate truffles to chocolate shampoo.
"A chocaholic's delight for its wonderful illustrations and excellent text.... This is an informative and enjoyable reading experience for anyone who savors chocolate. The authors bring credentials as dietitians to the book, but this is really just fun to read."—Bookviews.com