The Secret Life of Chocolate

The Secret Life of Chocolate

by Marcos Patchett


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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, though. 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. The book delves into the ancient history of the human relationship with the cocoa bean tree, Theobroma cacao, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781911597063
Publisher: AEON Books
Publication date: 06/19/2020
Pages: 734
Sales rank: 966,764
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

Marcos Patchett is a medical herbalist. 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 Western Herbal medicine BSc and MSc courses at Middlesex’s Integrative Medicine training clinic in Hendon. Marcos is also an enthusiastic student of Renaissance and Medieval astrology. He is frequently invited to give talks on contemporary herbal medicine and traditional medical astrology internationally. Marcos currently lives and works in London.

Table of Contents

Disclaimer ix

A Word on Animal Experiments xi

Introduction xiii

Part I Chocolate Roots

Chapter 1 A potted history of chocolate 3

Chapter 2 Bodies of chocolate 27

Part II Medicinal Chocolate

Chapter 3 The chocolate apothecary 67

Chapter 4 Pharmaceutical chocolate 105

Chapter 5 Chocolate, love, and bondage (Part I) 147

Chapter 6 Associates and accomplices 191

Chapter 7 Chocolate, love, and bondage (Part II) 213

Chapter 8 Chocolate formulary 251

Part III Metaphysical Chocolate

Chapter 9 Death by chocolate 297

Chapter 10 The dark side of Venus 335

Conclusion 379

Endnotes 383


Appendix A Expanded monograph 423

Appendix B Mini-monographs 523

Appendix C Selected interviews 595

Appendix D Experiences 637

Appendix E Mexican and Guatemalan Cacao suppliers and growers 643

Bibliography 647

Acknowledgements 695

Index 697

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