With over 3000 years of history, chocolate has coincided with the world of literature from time to time, as the central figure in classical novels or bestsellers, but also as a simple background to some most famous books. For example, back in 1700 the Italian writer Carlo Goldoni – renowned lover of the food of Gods – reported in his play “La bottega del caffè” about chocolate being used in gambling. The play “La Locandiera” covered similar ground.
So let’s discover other chocolate scented titles not to be missed!
Chocolat, Joanne Harris
This English writer tells the story of Vianne Rocher, a singular chocolate maker, who arrives in the small French village Lansquenet to open a chocolaterie. This attracts the attention of the locals and the criticism of the priest. Now a well-known movie, featuring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp.
Like Water For Chocolate, Laura Esquivel
We are in Mexico, in the small city of Piedras Negras. Here we find Tita, the youngest daughter of La Garza family, who is introduced to the magical world of the pre-Columbian kitchen by the old family cook. 12 chapters for 12 months, each of them including different recipe.
Gli uomini sono come il cioccolato (Men are Like Chocolate), Grube Tina
A straight-talking and funny novel, whose protagonist Linda is a beautiful and ambitious woman looking for true love. She tells us about her ups and downs with men who are able to make her mouth happy, apparently just like chocolate…
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, Roald Dahl
A sequel to the well-known book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, this novel follows the wonderful trip of Charlie Bucket together with his grandfather Joe and Willy Wonka. Using a glass elevator, Charlie tries to get his family living together inside the chocolate factory. But the elevator is in orbit! Very funny and good for all ages.
Daalder’s Chocolates, Philibert Schogt
Joop, a Dutch chocolate maker who moved to Canada, is standing in front of his chocolate laboratory, which is about to be bulldozed to make way for a car park. Joop cannot accept this: what can he do?