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The New Taste Of Chocolate: A Cultural and Natural History

Maricel E. Presilla

When we met Maricel in 2012, we were inspired by the breadth of roles she holds in the chocolate industry: bean importer, chocolate historian, cultural anthropologist, and author. She specializes in Latin American culinary history and the heirloom cocoa bean trade.

The New Taste of Chocolate traces chocolate from its ancient Mesoamerican roots all the way to the New American Chocolate movement. The book explores the important role of cacao genetics and how harvesting, fermenting, and drying affect the final flavor of chocolate. All in all, it’s a fantastic deep dive into the world of chocolate.