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 :
  • 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 medical herbalist and medical and horary astrologer. He is particularly interested in the practical application of astrology, which he uses primarily as an adjunct in the treatment of private herbal medicine clients. He received several academic awards while studying herbal medicine, and gained the London School of Astrology’s Certificate in 2006. Since that time, Marcos has developed his knowledge of traditional astrology through reading, home study, and experience in practice. He worked as a medical herbalist in King’s Cross for several years (2005-2007 and 2012-2013) specialising in complementary care for people living with HIV, and also practiced from Neal’s Yard remedies’ Therapy Rooms in Covent Garden for 9 years (2007-2016). He was a clinical supervisor and lecturer for Middlesex University’s Western Herbal Medicine BSc & MSc courses (2013-2017).

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