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    Chloe Doutre-Roussel(Author)

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Do you love chocolate? Most of us do! In Britain we eat an estimated 660,900 tonnes of chocolate a year - an average of 11kg each. But much of what we eat isn't good chocolate. The 'chocolate angel' Chloe Doutre-Roussel is a woman with a mission - to teach the world about chocolate. Even if you've spent a lifetime eating the worst milk chocolate, there is still time to harness your tastebuds and become a connoisseur. More than just a book about chocolate, this is the story of one woman's personal journey through chocolate. Chloe loved chocolate as a child growing up in Mexico, and now devotes her working life to researching, tasting and sourcing the finest chocolate from all over the world. In The Chocolate Connoisseur, she reveals the secrets of what chocolate to eat, when to eat it, how to eat it, and most importantly, how to overcome the idea that chocolate is an indulgence. She debunks the myths and explores the fascinating psychology of chocolate. For Chloe, chocolate is a passion, a focus that enables you to structure your life positively. 'You need to know what brings you happiness - and how to invite the ingredients for happiness into your life.

sensuous and entertaining (The INDEPENDENT on Sunday)Written with passion and verve, this encyclopedic book... is an encyclopedic and definitive guide. (LADY) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • By cclocke on 20 December 2014

    This is a fun book but full of misinformation, especially regarding the different varieties of cocoa beans and the chocolate production process. See www.chocolatereview.com.au (in the book review section) where they list the errors in this book and provide corrections. The only sections of the book that can be trusted for accuracy are the chapters based on the author's personal experience as a chocolate buyer for Fortnum and Mason - her daily schedule, personal chocolate preferences, and tasting regime.The author misleads readers into thinking she used to work as an agronomist for the UN when in fact, she worked for the UN in development, not agronomy. I would have enjoyed this book if the author had kept it at the level of personal experience. Instead, she makes false claims about her expertise and tries to "educate" the public with misinformation. If you want to learn scientific facts about chocolate, read The Science of Chocolate or any other book written by someone with proper qualifications and experience. Or even do some quick research on Google - the information you get there will probably be more accurate than the "facts" in this book!

  • By Myrtle on 22 March 2006

    I ordered this on the strength of reviews and when it appeared in person I was struck firstly by it's weight, it's neat little size and the elegant and charming dust jacket. Yes, I was won over before I had even opened it! Miss Doutre-Roussel covers her life-long passion with enthusiasm and knowledge. Chapters include the history of chocolate, cocoa trees, the manufacuring process, health implications, chocolatiers of the future and more. I did tire, though, of her constant urging to aspire to becoming a chocolate connoisseur and I did'nt really need to know that she wakes up at 5am every morning to the sound of classical music.....

  • By Pink Lady on 3 March 2010

    A really informative book about chocolate and its history with recipes and ideas...really good for someone who knows their chocolate...or who would like to.

  • By Alan Sturgess on 15 December 2005

    This is the 'Reader's Digest' of chocolate.It's the Wikipedia of chocolate.It's the Pick 'n' Mix of chocolate.It's the chocolate dip of chocolate.Get the idea? This isn't a book that follows a single thread or theme (like 'The true history of chocolate'), this book dips into all sorts of topics from history to myth to recipes to just about everything.It's also a very touchy-feely book because it's small in size; beautifully produced in the hardback version, on high quality paper and feels almost good enough to eat. (I wonder what it would taste of? Any bets?)If ever there was book to curl up with to read as your fingers idly sort and riffle through a nearby box of luscious chocs, this must be a top contender.

  • By Amanda Howarth on 12 March 2006

    Beautiful hard-backed book printed on shiny quality paper in a very handy size. Very easy to read style of writing.Written by Chloe Dutre-Roussel, it tells of Ms Dutre-Roussels life from a girl in Mexico, eating nutella, to working with a top French Chocolatier for free, then onwards and upwards to her position with Fortnum and Masons.With lots of interesting chocolate facts and figures, what 'proper' chocolate should look, feel, sound, smell and taste like. How to keep your own Chocolate Notebook and ideas on what to try depending on your own taste. Insider information on plantations and plants. But without being a lecture.Very interesting to a wide range of chocophiles. Great gift idea.

  • By Surfer Nomad on 17 September 2013

    This is a great book about one of the great pleasures in life, also gives an insite ion to healthy chocolate abuse!!! great comfort reading

  • By Adrenalin Streams on 10 February 2009

    Chloe-Doutre-Roussel is a fantastic saleswoman for top quality chocolate. This short book is easy to read and gives the basics of what happens from cacao tree to bar. It also sets out helpful tips on how to improve your chocolate tasting skills and what to look for in quality chocolate. I read the book on first publication 3 years ago and it inspired me to undertake much more detailed research into cacao and chocolate. While some of Chloe's facts may need to be taken with a pinch of salt, her sheer enthusiasm (occasionally becoming perhaps a bit gushy) for the subject is infectious!


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