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Chocolate at Home: Step-by-step recipes from a master chocolatier

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To begin with lets dive into a world of pure imagination, as goes the famous line from the 1971 adaptation of “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory” originally written by much loved author Roald Dahl. Of course this classic novel gets a place on our chocolate list – perfect for demonstrating the wonder and joy that chocolate brings to our life, and of course teaching us all the lesson that good chocolate is worth waiting for; its best to savour, not scoff – unless you’re looking for the same fate as Augustus Gloop. Tensions between them increase when a group of about two dozen river gypsies, led by unflinching and stoic Roux, park their boats on the nearby river and Vianne and several others welcome them, whereas Reynaud is against their 'immoral' and 'sinful' way of life. Reynaud manages to convince most businesses in the village to deny the gypsies their service, although Vianne welcomes them and befriends some members of the group, namely Roux, Zezette and Blanche. In return, they invite her to their own celebrations by the river. However, most of them are forced to move up the river when Monsieur Muscat starts a petrol fire, while Roux squats in one of the derelict houses nearby. He continues doing odd jobs for Vianne, Armande and Narcisse and also comes to Armande's birthday party with Zezette and Blanche. Armande dies in her sleep later that night, while Vianne and Roux have sex in the garden after everyone else has gone home.

Megan Giller takes chocolate lovers on a journey through the history of America’s craft chocolate industry. Learn what to look for in a craft chocolate bar and how to pair chocolate with coffee, beer, spirits, cheese, or bread.Josephine Muscat, the wife of Paul-Marie Muscat. At the beginning of the book she is a silent fearful figure, the result of the incessant brutal treatment received at the hand of her husband. She starts to hope after Vianne offers her friendship, and finally she leaves her husband. Vianne offers her a job and residence at her chocolaterie, arguing that if she leaves the town, she'll never stop running. Under her guidance, Josephine transforms, becoming stronger, more self-confident and charming. This book includes interviews and quotes from industry experts looking at the future of fine chocolate. Raising the Bar doesn’t just look at the end product but analyses the changes occurring throughout the entire supply chain.

The National Youth Ballet staged this marvellous version of CHOCOLAT in 2011, using Rachel Portman’s original music from the film score, and choreographed by the young (and already very talented) Andrew McNicol.

Chocolate Non-Fiction

Another great book on the history of chocolate. The New Taste of Chocolate is filled with beautiful photography & illustrations and it uncovers the cultural history of cacao and how it’s consumed.

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