August 15, 2018

Antonio Colmenero de Ledesma. Frontispiece, Chocolata inda,

Trans. Johann Georg Volckamer, Nuremberg: Wolfgangi Enderi, 1644.

Mythologizing has always been one of chocolate’s prime movers in Europe. From the first, it did not suffice to explain the benefits of the cacao...

August 1, 2018

Pieter Boudewyn Van Der Aa, Manière dont les habitants de la Nouvelle Espagne préparent le cacao pour le chocolat. Galerie Agréable du Monde. Leiden, 1728. BNF, PET FOL-VX-113

In spite of the masculinity of the preparers of cacao in the above 18th-C image, by all early-...

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