Bitter Chocolate Anatomy of an Industry

ISBN-10: 1595583300
ISBN-13: 9781595583307
Edition: 2008
Authors: Carol Off
List price: $27.95
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Description: Award-winning author and broadcaster Carol Off reveals the fascinating - and often horrifying - stories behind our desire for all things chocolate. Whether it's part of a Hallowe'en haul, the contents of a heart-shaped box or just a candy bar  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 4/1/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 328
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.528
Language: English

Award-winning author and broadcaster Carol Off reveals the fascinating - and often horrifying - stories behind our desire for all things chocolate. Whether it's part of a Hallowe'en haul, the contents of a heart-shaped box or just a candy bar stashed in a desk drawer, chocolate is synonymous with pleasures both simple and indulgent. But behind the sweet image is a long history of exploitation. In the eighteenth century the European aristocracy went wild for the Aztec delicacy. In later years, colonial territories were ravaged and slaves imported in droves as native populations died out under the strain of feeding the world's appetite for chocolate. Carol Off traces the origins of the cocoa craze and follows chocolate's evolution under such overseers as Hershey, Cadbury and Mars. In Cote d'Ivoire, the West African nation that produces nearly half of the world's cocoa beans, she follows a dark and dangerous seam of greed. Against a backdrop of civil war and corruption, desperately poor farmers engage in appalling practices such as the indentured servitude of young boys - children who don't even know what chocolate tastes like. Off shows that, with the complicity of Western governments and corporations, unethical practices continue to thrive. Bitter Chocolate is a social history, a passionate investigative account and an eye-opening expose of the workings of a multi-billion dollar industry that has institutionalized misery as it served our pleasures. "From the Hardcover edition."

In the Garden of Good and Evil
Death by Chocolate
Liquid Gold
Cocoa on Trial
The Geopolitics of a Hershey's Kiss
No Sweetness Here
The Disposables
Dirty Chocolate
Chocolate Soldiers
Class Action Cocoa
The Man Who Knew Too Much
Stolen Fruit
Bittersweet Victory
Epilogue: In All Fairness
Source Notes
Acknowledgements
Index

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