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DISCOVER THE AMAZING POWERS OF CHOCOLATE!

Did you know?. . .

• Known as Mother Nature's "food of the gods," the medicinal benefits of chocolate were recognized as far back as 4000 years ago.



• Eating chocolate can help boost the immune system, lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes—even obesity!—and increase lifespan.



• A 1.5 ounce bar of quality chocolate has as much antioxidant power as a 5 ounce glass of wine—without the side effects of alcohol.



• Chocolate is chock-full of mood-enhancing ingredients, including phenylethylamine (the "love drug") and serotonin.



• Chocolate can relieve a host of ailments, including depression, fatigue, pain and PMS, as well as rev up your sex drive!

Drawing on the latest scientific research as well as interviews with medical doctors and chocolatiers, this fascinating book reveals how to live longer and healthier while indulging in one of nature's most decadent and versatile foods. Explore real chocolate (infused with fruits, herbs, and spices), Mediterranean-style, heart-healthy recipes, plus home remedies that combat everything from acne to anxiety. You'll also discover rejuvenating beauty and anti-aging spa treatments—all made with antioxidant-rich chocolate!

"Can dark chocolate boost brain power? This book shows you how regular intake of antioxidant-rich cacao foods is likely to do just that, and more."
--Ray Sahelian, M.D., author of Mind Boosters
Published: Kensington Books on Jan 1, 2010
ISBN: 9780758281890
List price: $11.99
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Not exactly stellar writing or a wildly innovative approach, but informational enough. The section on chocolate-based cures was a bit of a joke: almost every ailment was remedied with 2 oz dark chocolate. There are a couple of recipes I want to check out, but overall, this one is destined to be weeded out in the next move.read more
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I have to admit that I didn’t finish reading this book. I made it to page 167 of 294 (the last 60 of those pages are recipes and places to buy chocolate). It is so poorly written that I just couldn’t read it. My initial impression was that it needed a good editor, but after the first couple of chapters, I realized that what it really needed was a good author.There is very little original writing in this volume. Most of the material in it was previously published in Ms. Orey’s previous two books. It is obvious she merely copied and pasted passages from those books into the manuscript with no regard to narrative flow. She uses tables of information lifted directly from other sources (with proper attribution) without any discussion. The most egregious fault I found was her description of a tour of a chocolate factory. She was unable to make the tour, so she used the notes of a friend who did go on the tour. Just the notes in raw form, again copied and pasted into her manuscript.Some of her writing reads likes notes also. I found it very jarring to encounter sentences that were grammatically incorrect or that had no point. She tells the same stories over and over, each time as if it were the first time that the story has been used. Her tracing of the history of chocolate is marred by her lack of geographical knowledge. Countries wander from Central to South America and back again, depending on which page you are reading. As for those “healing powers”, she is correct in citing the trace nutrients found in chocolate. However, reputable scientists have pointed out that they are found in such minute quantities that you would have to eat 25 pounds of chocolate every day to gain any benefit from them. Ms. Orley smoothly skates past this little detail by recommending a “dosage” of 1 to 2 squares of dark chocolate per day as part of a healthy diet (she recommends either the Mediterranean diet or the French diet) along with regular exercise. She neglects to mention that it is the diet and exercise, not the chocolate, that is providing the health benefits.She lives in the San Francisco area and takes us on a tour of the chocolatiers in that city, breathlessly describing their incomparable chocolates, recommending that readers choose those chocolates rather than chocolates from anywhere else. She then goes on to admit that she eats plain old Hershey’s Dark Chocolate. From Pennsylvania.read more
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I was rather excited to get my hands on an early review copy of the book and was looking forward to browsing a collection of recipes that included chocolate in their ingredients. What I found instead were a few repetitious chapters that gave a sketchy background on the history of chocolate and its recorded health benefits. The author kept returning to a few points, repeating them over and over again at the end of each chapter: chocolate has health benefits to a diet in small amounts.The writing was choppy and did not move smoothly from subject to subject. There were a few pages dedicated to recipes, but they were buried in the back or scattered, in no particular order, through the other chapters. Cynically, this read like an advertisement for Hershey's, Godiva and certain other chocolatiers around the country dressed in a combination of quoted facts and "Did you know?"-esque language.It might be a good and informative read for someone who was less of a foodie.read more
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Not exactly stellar writing or a wildly innovative approach, but informational enough. The section on chocolate-based cures was a bit of a joke: almost every ailment was remedied with 2 oz dark chocolate. There are a couple of recipes I want to check out, but overall, this one is destined to be weeded out in the next move.
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I have to admit that I didn’t finish reading this book. I made it to page 167 of 294 (the last 60 of those pages are recipes and places to buy chocolate). It is so poorly written that I just couldn’t read it. My initial impression was that it needed a good editor, but after the first couple of chapters, I realized that what it really needed was a good author.There is very little original writing in this volume. Most of the material in it was previously published in Ms. Orey’s previous two books. It is obvious she merely copied and pasted passages from those books into the manuscript with no regard to narrative flow. She uses tables of information lifted directly from other sources (with proper attribution) without any discussion. The most egregious fault I found was her description of a tour of a chocolate factory. She was unable to make the tour, so she used the notes of a friend who did go on the tour. Just the notes in raw form, again copied and pasted into her manuscript.Some of her writing reads likes notes also. I found it very jarring to encounter sentences that were grammatically incorrect or that had no point. She tells the same stories over and over, each time as if it were the first time that the story has been used. Her tracing of the history of chocolate is marred by her lack of geographical knowledge. Countries wander from Central to South America and back again, depending on which page you are reading. As for those “healing powers”, she is correct in citing the trace nutrients found in chocolate. However, reputable scientists have pointed out that they are found in such minute quantities that you would have to eat 25 pounds of chocolate every day to gain any benefit from them. Ms. Orley smoothly skates past this little detail by recommending a “dosage” of 1 to 2 squares of dark chocolate per day as part of a healthy diet (she recommends either the Mediterranean diet or the French diet) along with regular exercise. She neglects to mention that it is the diet and exercise, not the chocolate, that is providing the health benefits.She lives in the San Francisco area and takes us on a tour of the chocolatiers in that city, breathlessly describing their incomparable chocolates, recommending that readers choose those chocolates rather than chocolates from anywhere else. She then goes on to admit that she eats plain old Hershey’s Dark Chocolate. From Pennsylvania.
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I was rather excited to get my hands on an early review copy of the book and was looking forward to browsing a collection of recipes that included chocolate in their ingredients. What I found instead were a few repetitious chapters that gave a sketchy background on the history of chocolate and its recorded health benefits. The author kept returning to a few points, repeating them over and over again at the end of each chapter: chocolate has health benefits to a diet in small amounts.The writing was choppy and did not move smoothly from subject to subject. There were a few pages dedicated to recipes, but they were buried in the back or scattered, in no particular order, through the other chapters. Cynically, this read like an advertisement for Hershey's, Godiva and certain other chocolatiers around the country dressed in a combination of quoted facts and "Did you know?"-esque language.It might be a good and informative read for someone who was less of a foodie.
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This book is worth skimming for some of its tidbits of information. Otherwise, I found it repetitive and somewhat poorly written - I often had to reread sentences to figure out what the author was trying to say. Some of the recipes look good and I look forward to trying those ones. There are too many references from non-scientific sources that are supposed to support scientific claims for my liking. I would recommend getting this book from the library rather than buying it. However, as I said at the beginning, the book is worth perusing for some of the information that is presented in it.
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I found this book to be alright. It's focus on the chocolate, along with various other foods it can be combined with. The recipes don't look too bad, though the specific use of a chocolate brand for a recipe makes it more difficult to make. I have read better chocolate books however.
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This non-fiction book was an ER selection. Ms. Orey mentions several times that she used to write those "mini magazines you find at the grocery store checkout stands", and the quality of writing is the same. This reads like a mini magazine stretched out into a book, and it seems like much the same information is presented several times over. In addition, much information, such as on the health effects of chocolate on different conditions, is not referenced. For a light pop look at chocolate, a listing of where to buy quality chocolate around the world, and a sprinkling of recipes, this would be your book.
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