By Nora Vasconcelos
This week I’ve been thinking about how wonderful chocolate is. This product has been present in the world for a very long time, ever since it was prepared by the ancient Mexicans peoples, when they used to grind the cacao (cocoa) beans to make a watery preparation with different flavors that were used as tonics either for the soul or for the body, to the time when the cacao beans became an important part of the international trade between the new and the old continents during the XVI and XVIII centuries, until this product was processed and perfectioned by European companies such as Nestle and Lindt.
Most of these stories have become part of several novels that talk about the ancient Aztects and Mayans, or about those times when the Europeans crossed the Atlantic Ocean to come to America amazed by all the different products that were found in the new land.
Some other stories have been captured in books that talk about the history of the companies and their recipes such as The Ghirardelli Original Chocolate cookbook, or The Hershey, Pennsilvanya Cookbook.
A recent novel published that talks about the wonders of this delicious product and its amazing properties to cure a hurting soul, is the one called Chocolate Chocolate, by Frances and Gine Park.
For the children there are some books, such as Curious George goes to the Chocolate Factory by Margaret and H. A. Rey
Of course there have been some movies where chocolate’s the main theme, such as Chocolat which is based on the book by Joanne Harris, published in 2000.
And now, after this culinary and historical tour, the first question that comes to my mind is… fancy a chocolate?