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Take a delectable journey through the religious history of chocolate―a real treat!

In this new and updated second edition, explore the surprising Jewish and other religious connections to chocolate in this gastronomic and historical adventure through cultures, countries, centuries and convictions. Rabbi Deborah Prinz draws from her world travels on the trail of chocolate to enchant chocolate lovers of all backgrounds as she unravels religious connections in the early chocolate trade and shows how Jewish and other religious values infuse chocolate today.

With mouth-watering recipes, a glossary of chocolaty terms, tips for buying luscious, ethically produced chocolate, a list of sweet chocolate museums around the world and more, this book unwraps tasty facts such as:

  • Some people―including French (Bayonne) chocolate makers―believe that Jews brought chocolate making to France.
  • The bishop of Chiapas, Mexico, was poisoned because he prohibited local women from drinking chocolate during Mass.
  • Although Quakers do not observe Easter, it was a Quaker-owned chocolate company―Fry's―that claimed to have created the first chocolate Easter egg in the United Kingdom.
  • A born-again Christian businessman in the Midwest marketed his caramel chocolate bar as a "Noshie," after the Yiddish word for "snack."
  • Chocolate Chanukah gelt may have developed from St. Nicholas customs.
  • The Mayan “Book of Counsel” taught that gods created humans from chocolate and maize.

About the Author

Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz lectures about chocolate and religions around the world. A regular contributor to the Huffington Post, the Daily Forward, and elsewhere on the topic of chocolate, she has presented in five countries at chocolate festivals, libraries, museums, culinary events, and congregations. She co-curates Jews on the Chocolate Trail, a traveling exhibit created for the Herbert and Eileen Bernard Museum of Temple Emanu-El, New York City, on display October 2017–February 2018. Also, she created the blog On the Chocolate Trail (visit www.onthechocolatetrail.org). Prinz received a Starkoff Fellowship and a Director’s Fellowship from the American Jewish Archives as well as a Gilder Lehrman Fellowship from the Rockefeller Library to research On the Chocolate Trail. Rabbi Prinz is available to speak to your group or at your event. For more information, please contact her at onthechocolatetrail.org.

Book details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights; 2 edition (October 17, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 168336676X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1683366768
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
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