April 15, 2018

Last month Maria Sibylla Merian ranked among a host of intellectuals who had depicted cacao (see Pods, Pots, and Potions). This month we zoom in to study the caterpillars creeping through the image. The larvae featured on cacao have a special history, perhaps not unrela...

April 1, 2018

Aztec Methods

1) Grinding chocolate:

 Aztec woman grinding beans (foreground)

Bernardino de Sahagún, The Florentine Codex [Historia general de las cosas de nueva España],

c. 1575,  fol. 69 (verso), Medicea Laurenziana Library, Florence

2) Frothing chocolate:

Aztec Noblewoma...

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