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The Chocolate Connoisseur: For everyone with a passion for chocolate Hardcover – 27 Oct 2005
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sensuous and entertaining (The INDEPENDENT on Sunday)
About the Author
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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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!
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.
Written by Chloe Dutre-Roussel, it tells of Ms Dutre-Roussels life from a girl in Mexico, eating nutella, to working with a top French Chocolatier for free, then onwards and upwards to her position with Fortnum and Masons.
With lots of interesting chocolate facts and figures, what 'proper' chocolate should look, feel, sound, smell and taste like. How to keep your own Chocolate Notebook and ideas on what to try depending on your own taste. Insider information on plantations and plants. But without being a lecture.
Very interesting to a wide range of chocophiles. Great gift idea.
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