The True History of Chocolate


A richly detailed and illustrated investigation into the story of the world’s favourite food


ISBN: 9780500294741 Category:

Sophie D. Coe, Michael D Coe


Chocolate – ‘the food of the Gods’ – has had a long and eventful history. Its story is expertly told here by the doyen of Maya studies, Michael Coe, and his late wife, Sophie. The book begins 3,000 years ago in the Mexican jungles and goes on to draw on aspects of archaeology, botany and socio-economics. Used as currency and traded by the Aztecs, chocolate arrived in Europe via the conquistadors, and was soon a favourite drink with aristocrats. By the 19th century and industrialization, chocolate became a food for the masses – until its revival in our own time as a luxury item. Chocolate has also been giving up some of its secrets to modern neuroscientists, who have been investigating how flavour perception is mediated by the human brain. And, finally, the book closes with two contemporary accounts of how chocolate manufacturers have (or have not) been dealing with the ethical side of the industry.

Additional information

Weight 282 g
Dimensions 13 x 19.6 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 April 2019
Number of pages 280
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 13 x 19.6 cm
Weight 282 g


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