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Cocoa and Chocolate
The late 19th century saw a boom in the popularity of chocolate and chocolate products in America. James Bugbee's 1886 work, published under the auspices of the Walter Baker Chocolate Company, provides background information on the botanical properties and manufacture of the cocoa plant, as well as a myriad of delicious chocolate recipes formulated for the home cook.
Paperback, 180 pages
Published January 3rd 2008 by Applewood Books
(first published 1886)
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A fascinating little book filled mainly with quotes dating back to the 1600s (and some earlier) from physicians, producers, explorers, and chemists about the benefits of chocolate and its by-products. There are even tables with a break-down of the composition. All reviews are positive, but that's because the book was published by a company with a vested interest; not that it's an issue because other historical sources confirm chocolate was once believed to be the panacea for many, many ills. The ...more