The history of chocolate being consumed as a beverage can be traced back to over 1500 years ago when the indigeouns peoples of South and Central America included it as an important part of their societes. It has been used as a currency, a bitter drink to keep up strength and also as an offering to appease the Gods. However, the chocolate that we know and love today did not come about until centuries late when sugar was added, and milk chocolate was an even later invention. Over the years, chocolate has been seen as a naughty treat but if you choose the right kind it could possibly have more good effects than bad. Early consumers even believed it was an aphrodisiac. Montezuma, the Aztec king, was certainly convinced by it. This book gives a brief history of chocolate from the cacao bean. There are hints on how to enjoy it (as if you needed them), its possible hidden health properties, as well as recipes- sweet and savoury. Most people stick with the chocolate that they know and love, but trying a new chocolate variety could be a revelation; it may even change your life!