Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Healing Powers of Chocolate by Cal Orey

This book is a delicious sourcebook for the mildly curious nibbler to the most ardent chocoholic. In addition to providing current nutritional information extolling the health benefits of chocolate, Orey includes a chocolate timeline from the ancient 15th century Mayans to the creation of the first brownie recipe in 1897. Pertinent to the chocolate lover of today are surveys of the most creative chocolatiers of domestic and international fame.

If visions of truffles won't leave your head, combine your choco-cravings with a love of travel and take a chocolate tour in San Francisco or New York and when in Reno dine at "The Chocolate Bar" .

In addition to chocolate cures and folk remedies for common health ailments and cosmetic problems, Healing Powers is chocked full of mouthwatering recipes including appetizers, sauces, breads, entrees and of course luscious desserts.

If you need to talk chocolate, there is an online chocolate community at

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Special note to Valentine shoppers - Sixty-eight percent of men age 50 or older claim they would rather receive chocolate than flowers from their loved one on Valentine's Day.

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