Chocolatology: Angel York and Darin Wick
Nom nom, what a perfect follow-up to Valentine's Day! Chocolatologists Angel York and Darin Wick have partnered up to bring delicious vegan chocolate recipes to the world, and more importantly, Spokane, WA! While Angel is unable to attend, Darin will be at Auntie's to discuss their shared knowledge via their book, "Chocolatology: Chocolate's Fantastical Lore, Bittersweet History, & Delicious (Vegan) Recipes". We'll be prepped with some giveaway chocolate, and might even get to taste test some recipes!
Illustrated by Cat Callaway, "Chocolatology" "gives the casual cook dozens of ways to incorporate this stellar ingredient into everyday dishes, and takes intrepid food scientists a step farther, into the art of sourcing beans, making chocolate from scratch, and enjoying 17th Century chocolate concoctions. Unlike many books about chocolate, this one offers a balanced, evidence-based overview of cacao’s health and nutritional value. Chocolatology takes a close look at the chocolate industry and its history, and introduces readers to a variety of trade initiatives and suppliers that are working to improve the lives of cacao growers and their employers" (microcosmpublishing.com).
Angel York is a local activist and community organizer who studied history at UC Davis after years of working at restaurants in national parks (and other adventures). She has eaten more chocolate than she ever expected to eat. In her Junior year of high school she discovered that chocolate and carrots go well together. Her social group was unconvinced. She swore she'd write a cookbook someday just to include this information, but had no idea she meant it.
Darin Wick is a bike repair teacher who majored in Technocultural Studies at UC Davis. He has learned more about chocolate than he ever expected to know. He has been documented as a chocolate lover as early as one year of age, but his first memory of eating chocolate involved a large chocolate rabbit.
Cat Callaway has drawn a great many things but until recently few of them had been chocolate. She is a graduate student in Biology at San Francisco State University studying fungal systematics.
Where does chocolate come from? What is its history and science? And how do you incorporate it into every meal of the day and then some? Angel York and Darin Wick invite you into the world of chocolate, walking you through its lore, history, and uses.