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The Chocolate Connoisseur: For everyone with a passion for chocolate Hardcover – 27 Oct 2005


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (27 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749925647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749925642
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 480,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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sensuous and entertaining (The INDEPENDENT on Sunday)

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Chloe Doutre-Roussel was the chocolate buyer at Fortnum and Mason in London. An agronomist by trade, she now works as a freelance chocolate consultant and also runs chocolate tasting courses. She has worked in chocolate factories, and as a taster and adviser for chocolatiers.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Myrtle on 22 Mar. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I ordered this on the strength of reviews and when it appeared in person I was struck firstly by it's weight, it's neat little size and the elegant and charming dust jacket. Yes, I was won over before I had even opened it! Miss Doutre-Roussel covers her life-long passion with enthusiasm and knowledge. Chapters include the history of chocolate, cocoa trees, the manufacuring process, health implications, chocolatiers of the future and more. I did tire, though, of her constant urging to aspire to becoming a chocolate connoisseur and I did'nt really need to know that she wakes up at 5am every morning to the sound of classical music.....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pink Lady on 3 Mar. 2010
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A really informative book about chocolate and its history with recipes and ideas...really good for someone who knows their chocolate...or who would like to.
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This is a fun book but full of misinformation, especially regarding the different varieties of cocoa beans and the chocolate production process. See www.chocolatereview.com.au (in the book review section) where they list the errors in this book and provide corrections. The only sections of the book that can be trusted for accuracy are the chapters based on the author's personal experience as a chocolate buyer for Fortnum and Mason - her daily schedule, personal chocolate preferences, and tasting regime.

The author misleads readers into thinking she used to work as an agronomist for the UN when in fact, she worked for the UN in development, not agronomy. I would have enjoyed this book if the author had kept it at the level of personal experience. Instead, she makes false claims about her expertise and tries to "educate" the public with misinformation. If you want to learn scientific facts about chocolate, read The Science of Chocolate or any other book written by someone with proper qualifications and experience. Or even do some quick research on Google - the information you get there will probably be more accurate than the "facts" in this book!
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Alan Sturgess on 15 Dec. 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is the 'Reader's Digest' of chocolate.
It's the Wikipedia of chocolate.
It's the Pick 'n' Mix of chocolate.
It's the chocolate dip of chocolate.
Get the idea? This isn't a book that follows a single thread or theme (like 'The true history of chocolate'), this book dips into all sorts of topics from history to myth to recipes to just about everything.
It's also a very touchy-feely book because it's small in size; beautifully produced in the hardback version, on high quality paper and feels almost good enough to eat. (I wonder what it would taste of? Any bets?)
If ever there was book to curl up with to read as your fingers idly sort and riffle through a nearby box of luscious chocs, this must be a top contender.
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