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Author Michael Krondl writes about food and history. He has penned several books, including The Taste of Conquest: The Rise and Fall of the Three Great Cities of Spices and Sweet Invention: A History of Dessert among others. He has edited and contributed to several Oxford University Press volumes on food and culture, including The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets. He teaches at the New School and the City University of New York and has lectured at multiple venues including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian, and San Francisco’s Exploratorium.
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"Delicious Topic! This was a very comprehensive look at a favorite treat, chocolate. From how and where the cacao plant grows clear through to the current geopolitical aspects of its production, this seminar was so enlightening. Loved the history and variations created over the centuries also. Most interesting was the story of chocolate as it evolved in America in foods, drinks, cereal, candy. Speaker even discussed its ingestion by children vs adults (with distinction between men and women, who knew?). The closure brought up the issues regarding cacao production in Africa (mainly) and use of child labor using dangerous instruments (e.g., machetes). I learned a lot and will re-watch to ensure I remember more."
– Sandra S., viewing from Boston, MA
"An excellent look at one of our favourite foods from many point of view. Most worthwhile seminar with both the light and the dark (excuse the pun) sides. So interesting about Mars bars and their "lack" of chocolate...and the women who helped make chocolate a normal item in home baking."
– J., viewing from Vancouver, CA
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