Bookcase Location: BOTTOM SHELF – Honorable Mention
Coffee table material, sumptuously photographed with engravings, paintings, portraits, graphs, maps, & collectible memorabilia. A compilation with each chapter written by different author(s). Contains the standard history (especially doting on European aristocracy) & a naturalist’s dream pictorial of how the cacáo bean undergoes processing on its transformative journey into chocolate, then tours the grand shops of Europe at break-neck speed. Chef/sommelier Hervé Bizeul conducts an excellent finale pairing chocolate with spirits, favoring eaux-de-vie over wine in classical & sound recommendations based on direct experience & expertise.