Chocolate Sommelier - Journey Through the Culture of Chocolate

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Take an extraordinary photographic journey into the history, production, and flavors of everyone's favourite food: chocolate.

Considered the "food of the gods" by the Aztecs and Mayans, chocolate was consumed as a virtuous drink by rulers, warriors, and noblemen - and now by millions of people every day. This magnificent volume, with stunning photographs by Fabio Petroni and mouthwatering original cocoa-based recipes, is a chocoholic's delight. From the origins of cocoa cultivation, to the secrets of the harvesting and drying the beans, all the way to the art of the processing, Chocolate Sommelier immerses you in the flavors, scents, and infinite variety of chocolate.

About the Authors

Clara and Gigi Padovani have been called the "chocolate couple" of Italian food writing. They have written about 30 books together, translated into six languages, including Street Food all'italiana and Tiramisu. On her own, Clara has written Passione Nutella and Dolci del sole. Gigi was a journalist at "La Stampa" newspaper for 30 years, and is now a gastronomic critic for the L'Espresso restaurant guide; he is a member of the National Studies Center of the Italian Academy of Cooking. His books include Mondo Nutella and Slow Food.