The story of chocolate: its place in history, from the Mayans to 21st-century artisan producers; the journey from tree to bar, from the plantation to the gourmet store; and terroir and flavours from around the world Discover more than 80 of the world's top producers and their bars - single origin, ethical and fair trade, classic and new flavours Learn to taste chocolate like an expert Take a bite of a chocolate bar. Beside the pleasure it gives, the chocolate leads you on a journey from the cacao bean grown on a far-away plantation to the final designer bar, but also on a more complex voyage through history, society, politics and economics. Throughout its 3000-year history, chocolate has been celebrated as a precious health-giving drink; it was not until the 20th century that sweetened chocolate confectionery and bars replaced 'real' chocolate. Today fine chocolate is part of the revival of interest in 'real' food. Small artisan chocolatiers and global producers alike are seeking out top quality beans from specific origins. Sarah Jane Evans brings the story of chocolate up to date, and profiles more than 80 of the world's leading fine chocolate producers, with her tasting notes on selected bars. Chocolate has over 500 chemical compounds that affect its flavour and this book teaches the chocolate lover how to taste, discover and enjoy its many flavours.