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The True History of Chocolate by Sophie D. Coe
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Feb 18, 11


This book was chalk full of facts and information, but Coe's writing style left something to be desired. It was too academic; often lacking clarity and coherence. In his introduction Coe indicates that he wrote this book based on the research and notes of his late wife, Sophia, who passed away unexpectedly from cancer. Thus, he's writing this book as a sort of tribute to his wife. I think that's sweet (no pun intended).

The first two chapters about chocolate in the Mayan and Aztec culture were worthwhile and well-researched, probably because Michael Coe is a Professor of Anthropology at Yale, but when it came to writing about chocolate in Europe and contemporary developments, the book fell flat and the information was often rushed, jumpy, or went off topic.

The most interesting things I learned from this book are that cocoa pods grow from the trunk of the cocoa tree, not from the branches, and that the drink was often used to disguise poison!
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