The Secret Life of Chocolate

Author(s) : Marcos Patchett

The Secret Life of Chocolate

Book Details

  • Publisher : Aeon Books
  • Published : March 2020
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : 350
  • Category :
    Forthcoming
  • Catalogue No : 40255
  • ISBN 13 : 9781911597063
  • ISBN 10 : 191159706X
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The Secret Life of Chocolate is a book about chocolate. Not the sweet, mass-produced fatty confection most of us are familiar with. This is about old-school chocolate: pre-Colombian, Central American, bitter-spicy-foamy, intense, blow-your-socks-off chocolate.

Chocolate beverages made with roasted beans, water, spices, and indigenous plants. Delving into the ancient history of the human relationship with the cocoa bean tree, Theobroma cacao, it dissects the pharmacological properties of chocolate to the fullest possible extent; and divulges the mythical and magical associations of human interactions with this incredible plant.

About the Author(s)

Marcos Patchett is a practising medical herbalist, astrologer, and science-loving atypical hippie. He graduated from Middlesex University’s Herbal Medicine BSc course with first degree honours and the Elsevier science prize for plant pharmacology in 2005. He worked as a medical herbalist in King’s Cross for several years, specialising in complementary care for people living with HIV, and practiced from Neal’s Yard remedies’ Therapy Rooms in Covent Garden and Notting Hill. He worked as a dispenser in Middlesex University’s Archway training clinic, and later went on to become the clinical supervisor for the Western Herbal medicine BSc and MSc courses at Middlesex University’s Integrative Medicine training clinic in Hendon. Marcos is also an enthusiastic student of Renaissance and Medieval astrology, and has developed his knowledge of traditional pre-Enlightenment astrology and medicine in parallel to his herbal practice through reading, home study, and experiment. He is frequently invited to give talks on herbal medicine and traditional medical astrology internationally. Marcos lives and works in London, and currently practices from home, because the commute’s easy and the management is extremely relaxed.

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