My Chocolate-y Reading List

The discriminating chocolate lover includes one's favorite substance in every aspect of one's life, including one's reading list. Here are a few selections to get one started.

While I can truly say that I love chocolate, it's not like I live and breathe it or anything. Just because my reading list is limited to books about chocolate and I make my own chocolate frogs and bathe with chocolate flavored soap and play Chocolate Monopoly and put a chocolate mint on my own pillow every single night doesn't mean I'm addicted...

I can quit whenever I want to. I just don't want to.


Speaking of my chocolate reading list: I love reading about how chocolate is made, its history, why people eat it, and even the roles it plays in best-selling fiction.

I thought you might be interested too, so today I'm inaugurating a new category of chocolate-related books that have caught my fancy.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it's the reading list!

Every once in a while, I'll present a handful of books that you might fancy reading, and offer a little description for each.


Here's my first set of offerings, in no particular order. Enjoy!

1. Chocolate, the Consuming Passion, by Sandra Boynton. (Humor). Here's the famous author and illustrator's "over-researched" ode to chocolate and its consumption. After all, as she puts it, "fourteen out of ten people like chocolate."

2. The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse, by Robert Rankin. (Fantasy). Someone's sneaking around Toy City killing off famous nursery rhyme characters in fiendish ways, and leaving tasty hollow chocolate bunnies at the murder scenes. If plush detective Eddie Bear and his sidekick Jack can't find the killer, it might just mean the end of the world.

3. Naked Chocolate, by David Wolfe and Shazzie. (Non-Fiction). A zesty ode to the history, properties, and purported health benefits of the fruit of the cacao tree. The book's definitely enthusiastic, and it includes some fantastic recipes.

4. The Emperors of Chocolate, by Joel Glenn Brenner (Non-Fiction). This book offers a fascinating look inside two of today's top purveyors of ambrosia, the chocolate empires of Milton Hershey and Forrest Mars. Not only will you find out a lot about the politics of chocolate, you'll probably gain weight just from reading about it.

5. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier. (Young Adult). This is a classic story about a teenager's decision to buck tradition by refusing to sell chocolates for his school's annual fundraiser. Not too much chocolate action per se, but it's a riveting story about one boy's fight against brutal conformity.

So there you go: a brief reading list to get you going down the road to Chocolateville. I'll be back with the occasional update in the months to come.