Today is National Cocoa Day — sweet! Chocolate really does make everything better, so I’m tickled that even in 2020, the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year, I can celebrate something good and delicious.
My chocolaty reading recommendations include two titles for kids, who, as I happen to know, like chocolate, too. I could have included adult fiction books with a chocolate theme (of which there are many), but I decided I didn’t want to read fictional stories about chocolate; I want to eat it, and these books will make sure I do.
I know not everyone loves chocolate (unbelievable, but true), so I’ll keep an eye out for other food-related celebrations to balance things out. National Bean Day is just around the corner in January, and National Cabbage Day has its party in February, so hang in there — oodles of fun ahead.
• “Chocolate: Sweet Science and Dark Secrets of the World’s Favorite Treat” by Kay Frydenborg. How is chocolate made? Who discovered chocolate? And why is there controversy surrounding the production of chocolate? The answers to these questions and many more will be found by young readers in this historical and cultural review of chocolate.
• “Chocolate is Forever: Classic Cakes, Cookies, Pastries, Pies, Puddings, Candies Confections and More” by Maida Heatter. If you’re like me, you must eat chocolate. Really. And homemade chocolate treats are the best, so dive in to Maida Heatter’s “Chocolate is Forever” for divine, decadent and delicious recipes.