Chocolate: The popularity of chocolate is never in doubt, but what are the true origins of this most delicious of treats? Who are the greatest chocolatiers? Which countries eat more than others? Is dark chocolate really good for you? Answers to all these questions and many more are included in The Little Guide to Chocolate, a fun- and fact-packed book that explores all aspects of this global indulgence.
From the purest chocolates to the most bizarre flavors you can find and from the everyday to the decadent, this book is a light-hearted celebration of the history, taste and culture of chocolate. There are facts and statistics, amusing sayings, proverbs and puns, as well as quotations from the great and the good all about chocolate, why it's so nice and how best to consume it. Dip in to a few pages of this and you'll soon be reaching out for a slab of brown (or white) heaven in your hand!
Horrors: This little guide looks at the history of all things Halloween, from the earliest feasts and customs to the latest fun and games that are common around the world. We delve into the meanings of many of the symbols of Halloween, and examine the many different ways people celebrate around the world.
Christmas is the favorite time of the year for many of us, with present exchanges, food & drink and socializing with friends & family at the top of the agenda. But what are the true origins and meaning of this seemingly inexhaustible celebration?
Although most of our current customs only go back a few hundred years – Father Christmas as we know him dressed in red and white much less – there has been a festival at this time in the year for thousands of years. Although these days it is taken to mean the commemoration of the birth of Jesus, the date of December 25th was that of the winter solstice in Roman times, and other cultures have celebrated the darkest winter night for millennia. This book looks at all aspects of what the festive period means for people all over the world, beginning with a history of Christmas that looks at Yule, Nativity and Christmas as well as pagan celebrations.
The embodiment of Christmas, Father Christmas, has a whole chapter, and this jolly character we know and love has a long history, not to mention a big bag of presents! But wait – there's myrrh(!): quotes, jokes, sayings and words of wisdom and fun from around the world, as well as fun facts about how, where, when and why we celebrate – and we look at curious customs from around the world.