The original name for the chocolate tree means ‘Food of the Gods’. There can be no better description than this to evoke the mystique and romantic history of chocolate which is as diverse as myths, legends and court intrigues to piracy and smuggling.
Starting from humble beginning as a Coca drink prepared by Central American natives in the 15th Century, like tea in the 19th Century, Chocolate's position became elevated to to that of a status symbol, to be sipped by the rich and powerful in the fashionable 17th Century chocolate houses.
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- Our thoughts
- About the Author
Yes, we are a tea company - but in the course of sourcing our tea books, we found this one and couldn't resist it.
We think it's an informative yet light hearted read. An easy to carry little book that’s perfect for us chocolate lovers and those willing to try new ways of enjoying an old favourite.
And by the way, a square of dark chocolate and a cup of luxurious Assam, is a marriage made in heaven.
"A lady's diary entry for 11th March 1712 reads: 'Wednesday, from 8-10, drank two dishes of chocolate in bed and fell asleep after them' "
"Chocolate is an invention so noble, that it should be the nourishment of the gods, rather than nectar or ambrosia"
“Chocolate is not only pleasant to taste, but is a veritable balm for the mouth, for the maintaining of all glands in a good state of health; thus it is that all who drink it possess a sweet breath"
Beryl Peters is the author of a series of "Etiquette", books including:
Etiquette of an English Tea [our favourite, not surprisingly]
Etiquette for Coffee Lovers
Etiquette for the Traveller
as well as another great tea book "Tea and Conversation".
Published by Copper Beech Publishing Limited, 1st July 1997
14 by 10 by 1cm
ISBN 13: 9781898617174