My Chocolate-y Reading List, Part II

Our intrepid reviewer Pete is back, with another set of chocolate-based books to add to your collection.

Howdy, folks. It's been a while since I introduced you to some of the titles on our favorite reading list. Well, I believe it's high time for another installment, because you can never have too much chocolate in your life.

These are great books every one, and frankly the only thing better would be if they were printed on chocolate -- which would, of course, be any choco-reader's dream come true. Chocolate Science isn't quite there yet, but they're working on it. No, really, they are.

Tasty reading

As before, you'll find both fiction and non-fiction books on this reading list. The only thing they have in common is the subject matter. Here's the latest handful, each with a brief description and an Amazon link so you can buy if the mood strikes. The numbering is continued from the original list.

The books themselves:

6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl. (Children's Fiction). The classic chocolate fantasy, upon which two different movies have been based. When a poor little boy named Charlie Bucket finds a Golden Ticket to Willie Wonka's Chocolate Factory, his life is changed forever. (Note: This book is marketed for juveniles, but it's a fun read for grown-ups, too.)

7. Essence of Chocolate: Recipes for Baking and Cooking with Fine Chocolate, by Robert Steinberg and John Scharffenberger. (Cookbook). A passionate examination of all the ways that cooking chocolate can be used, from chocolate-flavored tortilla soup to the finest of cakes. The pictures alone required that I include this on the reading list. They'll make you drool, so have a napkin handy.

8. The True History of Chocolate, Second Edition ,by Sophie D. Coe and Michael D. Coe. (Non-Fiction). An engaging history of chocolate from the perspective of two anthropologists, which takes "brown gold" from its origins in Central America to its modern manufacture. It's a great way to fill in those gaps in your knowledge about chocolate.

9. Dying for Chocolate, by Dianne Mott Davidson (Mystery). No chocolate reading list would be complete without one of the many mysteries that include our favorite ambrosia, and here's one starring Goldy Bear, Ms. Davidson's famed culinary sleuth. When a suitor dies after eating one of her meals, Goldy sets out to prove that the apparent accident was actually a murder.

10. Hot Chocolate: 50 Heavenly Cups of Comfort, by Fred Thompson. (Cookbook). A minor opus regarding the many ways that chocolate can be prepared in its liquid form, by a renowned food writer (not the actor/politician of the same name). Thompson takes exquisite care to show you precisely how true hot chocolate should be made -- from bar chocolate, not powdered mix.

These latest signposts on the path to Chocolate Heaven barely scratch the surface of what has to be one of humanity's favorite obsessions. So keep an eye out: our chocolate-y reading list will surely continue to grow as time passes.

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