The Discovery of Chocolate

The Discovery of Chocolate

Book - 2001
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A young Spaniard sets off for South America in 1518 with Cortes and the Conquistadors, propelled by his love's declaration that she will not marry until he returns with a special treasure -- a symbol of their love -- that no man or woman has ever before received. But during his travels he falls in love with Ignacia, a native woman who introduces him to the secrets of the most delicious drink he has ever tasted: chocolate. Their passionate affair is cut short by the chaotic conquest of Mexico.

So begins this charming and adventurous story about the magical substance we now know as chocolate, and of the passions and obsessions it has inspired from its earliest days. Our hero later discovers that his lover had secretly added the elixir to life to his chocolate drink. This allows him to travel through history: to Paris during the time of the Revolution, to Vienna in the nineteenth century, to late Victorian England, and to Hershey Pennsylvania -- accompanied all the while by his trusty greyhound, Pedro. unable to die, he searches to recapture the magic of Ignacia's chocolate -- and to learn to love life just as fully. Playful and intelligent, this is a romantic story about love and loss inspired by a very enchanting substance.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2001.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060184810
Branch Call Number: RUNC
Characteristics: 264p. 22cm.


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Jun 06, 2016

I read some of James Runcie's mystery stories after seeing adaptations on PBS"s Masterpiece Mystery program. "The Discovery of Chocolate" is unlike Runcie's other stories, in that it is a complete story. This novel is thoroughly engaging from the start, wonderfully descriptive, fantastic yet convincing, and extremely well told. Highly recommended.

Snod83 Jan 16, 2011

Mmmmmm, this book is wonderful and delicious! Be sure to have your favourite chocolate with you while you read this. And a good chunk of time to read it completely as you will not want to put the book down! You'll learn about the history of chocolate worldwide, and there is a great love story as well. I definately recommend this title, a very enjoyable read!

Oct 01, 2001

A young Spaniard, Diego de Godoy travels with Cortes and the Conquistadors to the New World. He is engaged to a beautiful young woman at home and has promised her to bring back to her a piece of treasure. It is with his first sip of cacahuatl, or chocolate, that he finds passion and true love. The lovely Ignaicia is everything he has never known before and he is enchanted with her and her chocolate making skills. During the seige he leaves her vowing to return and she presses into his hands a vessel that contains a special chocolate drink that he is to imbide while on the way back to Spain. When he does, he lets his faithful greyhound lick out the bowl. What he laters finds out is that Ignacia has mixed the Elixir of Life in this one drink. Now Diego, and his canine companion, must live forever,traveling across several centuries looking everywhere for the perfect chocolate and his one true love.


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