Cocoa And Men - Journey Into The World Of Chocolate - Alfred Conesa
- Author (s): Alfred Conesa
- Publisher: Nouvelles Presses Du Languedoc
- Publication: 24/10/2012
- Number of pages: 240
- Number of books: 1
- Expedition: 1965
- Dimensions: 25.00 x 29.00 x 2.80
So many destinies hidden in a simple bite of chocolate! To reveal them to us, Alfred Conesa ran around the Globe, from Brazil to Bali, passing through Panama, Cuba, Sao Tome, Ivory Coast ... Small producers from all these countries shared their daily lives with him. and their traditions, sometimes thousands of years old. And they described to him the often brutal exploitation experienced by their ancestors. Above all, they passed on their faith in cocoa cultivation that respects people and the environment. The author - who is committed - has also met industrialists working in the same direction, to promote original cocoas, which give increasingly fine chocolates (such as wines), with varied and individualized aromas. And he admired the know-how and creativity of the best chocolatiers, famous or yet to be discovered, who from this authentic dough give birth to masterpieces. He brought back a thousand anecdotes, testimonies and original photos from these trips. He has also unearthed, everywhere, old documents and contemporary works inspired by cocoa, to perfect this unique, magnificently illustrated book, stuffed with exclusive information and steeped in the experiences of so many enthusiasts, from the most modest cocoa farmer to the most famous chocolate maker.
Alfred Conesa, research director, was president of INRA (National institute for agricultural research) in Alsace and Languedoc-Roussillon, advisor to two ministers for agricultural research and president of Agropolis, an international agricultural research organization for development, particularly in the tropics. This opens many doors for it - even the most prestigious - to promote sustainable southern agriculture and fair trade. We already owe him La fabuleuse Aventure du café (Les Editions de Paris, 2006).