LIST OF TOP BOOKS ON CHOCOLATE


We have put together the ultimate list for chocolate-related books. From wonderful, captivating chocolate adventures to insightful and educational guides on chocolate and it’s history.

This page will cover various topics from chocolate novels to science and flavour. Or if it’s a new recipe your in search of there’s also a section on chocolate cookbooks! Scroll down to find your next chocolate read.

CHOCOLATE FICTION


TOP PICKS:

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.

If you’re a fan of murder mysteries, our next pick will be one for you – Agatha Christie’s “The Chocolate Box” is a thrilling novel which details one of the notorious Hercule Poirot’s first cases. Set in Belgium, the stereotypical and fictitious centre of chocolate – the story shows the irresistibility of after dinner chocolates.

Our next novel is one of romance, passion and family. Lauren Esquivel’s 1989 book “Like Water For Chocolate” is a delicate tale of love – the book is set in Mexico and details delicious recipes throughout. It’s a feast for the soul, diving into the lives of the all-female De La Garza family, following the youngest, Tita, on her bittersweet journey.

Moving on to the provincial French village of  Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, we meet the travelling chocolate maker; Vianne Rocher. “Chocolat” by Joanne Harris follows the single mother as she battles to keep her chocolate shop running under the scrutiny of the incredibly conservative town mayor. Read this heartwarming novel and discover how one chocolate shop can transform a village and it’s inhabitants.

OTHER CHOCOLATE STORIES:

  • Chocolate – by Sandra Boynton
  • The Poisoned Chocolates Case – by Anthony Berkeley
  • Room Full of Chocolate – by Jane Elson
  • Chocolate Fever – by Robert Kimmel Smith
  • The Chocolate Maker’s Wife – by Karen Brooks
  • Secrets of the Chocolate House- by Paula Brackston
  • The Chocolatier – by Jan Mora

CHOCOLATE FACTS

Part of the joy of the craft chocolate world is the access to wonderful knowledge on chocolate production and it’s history. Whether you want to learn about the chemical structure of chocolate, where cacao was first cultivated or how to make the ultimate chocolate brownie, take a look at our selection of non-fiction chocolate books below.

SCIENCE, TASTE AND FLAVOUR:

  • The science of chocolate – by Stephen Becket
  • Chocolate-The Reference Standard – by Georg Bernadini
  • Smellosophy – AS Barwich
  • The Missing Ingredient – Jenny Linford
  • Chocolate and Health – Springer

HISTORY:

Explore the origins of cacao from ancient Mayan and Aztec consumption to the development of the chocolate bar and everything in between. Take a look at the wonders and hardships in the rise of the cocoa bean.

  • Cocoa – Kristy Leissle
  • Cocoa and Chocolate 1765-1914 William Gervase Clarence-Smith
  • The true history of chocolate –  by Michael D. Coe and Sophie Coe
  • The Chocolate Tree – a Natural History of Cacao by Young
  • The Emperors of Chocolate – by Joël Glenn Brenner
  • Chocolate Unwrapped – by Sarah Jane Evans
  • Chocolate Islands: Cocoa, Slavery, and Colonial Africa – by Catherine Higgs
  • Chocolate Nations: Living and Dying for Cocoa in West Africa – by Órla Ryan
  • Chocolate: History, Culture, and Heritage – by Howard Shapiro

RECIPES AND CRAFT CHOCOLATE MAKING:

  • Yearbook: Chocolate from Farm to Table – by Pump Street
  • New Taste of Chocolate – by Maricel E. Presilla
  • Essence of Chocolate – by Robert Steinberg and John Scharffenberger
  • Cooking with Chocolate – by Angel Burns
  • ​​Adventures with Chocolate: 80 Sensational Recipes by Paul A. Young
  • Bake it better: Chocolate – Cat Black
  • Meaningful Work – by Shawn Askinosie
  • From Bean to Bar – by Andrew Baker
  • The Art and Craft of Chocolate – by Nathan Hodge (co-founder of Raaka)
  • Making Chocolate: From Bean to Bar to S’more: A Cookbook –  by Todd Masonis (Dandelion chocolate)
  • Chocolate: Indulge Your Inner Chocoholic – by Dom Ramsey
  • Casa Cacao: The Return Trip to the Origin of Chocolate – by Ignacio Medina and Jordi Roca
  • Bean-to-Bar Chocolate: America’s Craft Chocolate Revolution – by Megan Giller

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