November 21, 2016

Although for decades in the seventeenth century European missionaries and merchants extolled chocolate’s curative properties and even readily encouraged chocoholism, consumer response to chocolate was full of burning twists and diabolical turns.

Some of our best evidence...

November 15, 2016

The Cacaosopher is veering off script today, in this first full post-election week, to draw an unlikely connection between the Parks & Recreation comedy series and the 17th century’s Madame de Sévigné, the first vernacular advocate of chocolate as an immediate and indis...

November 9, 2016

By the mid-seventeenth century the wisdom of cookery, of which Lady Ann Fanshawe provides an excellent example, had also become part of a wider discourse on household management. Like home recipes, it too was managed and written by women. Hannah Woolley has been called...

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