Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Celebrate Chocolate Year-Round--Not Just Today!

By Cal Orey, The Writing Gourmet

I woke up today to a lot of emails with the words: "Today is National Chocolate Day." Hmm. To me, every day is chocolate day. It's true. Yes. Yes you can incorporate chocolate (moderation is key) in your diet (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks) for your health's sake. Nope, chocolate isn't just for Halloween, the upcoming holiday season and V-Day. Chocolate--the good dark stuff--is a health food that you can savor year-round...

By Cal Orey
Kensington Trade Paperback, December 29, 2009
ISBN: 0-7582-3820-7, $14.00/$17.50 (CAN)
(Available now for pre-order at all online booksellers including and
Foreword by Will Clower, Ph.D., author of The French Don’t Diet Plan

“Decadent” and “sinful” are words commonly associated with chocolate, but they no longer apply. Approximately 4000 years ago, in Central America, the Mayan Indians considered cocoa beans “food of the gods” because of its medicinal benefits. Later, it got tagged as a “bad” fatty food. But by the end of the 20th century, a twist of fate turned chocolate back into a health food.

THE HEALING POWERS OF CHOCOLATE traces the origin of chocolate, from bean to bar, from centuries ago to the present day. In creating this informative and fascinating book, renowned health expert and author Cal Orey (who lives near San Francisco, one of the nation’s chocolate hot spots) interviewed America’s top chocolate makers and chocolatiers, nutritionists, medical researchers, and chocolate lovers to find out how this ancient “food of the gods” can prevent and fight common ailments and diseases.

The result is a lively comprehensive guide to the wide world of quality chocolate, from 70% dark truffles to Italian biscotti baked with extra virgin olive oil, in America and around the globe. With proven data for eating dark chocolate containing cocoa flavanols to reduce heart disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity, and dozens of pesky ailments, this book—with a European twist—takes you on a magical chocolate tour, complete with wit, charm, and entertaining personal anecdotes from ancient folklore to the 20th and 21st century.

From Ancient Folk Medicine to Modern Health Wonder, Discover the Amazing Powers of Chocolate!

* Discover the healing powers of dark chocolate and cocoa—now widely recognized as an accepted “health food” and “SuperFood”—versatile cure-all.

* Find out how chocolate’s powers can lower the risk of developing heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and weight woes.

* Learn how chocolate contains more antioxidants than green tea and red wine—without the alcohol.

* Put dozens of chocolate home cures to work for treating acne, anxiety, brain fog, cabin fever, cough, depression, fatigue, and other ailments.

* You’ll also find chocolate beauty and anti-aging treatment—from masks, manicures to bubble baths and body wraps—made from antioxidant-rich chocolate teamed with natural plant extracts.

Incorporating cutting-edge scientific research, plus Mediterranean-style heart-healthy chocolate recipes, from Sicilian Mole to Dark Chocolate Mousse, THE HEALING POWERS OF CHOCOLATE is a well-rounded one-of-a-kind resource that will show you why savoring this no longer forbidden “food of the gods” is the 21st century trend.


  1. Today, an anti-chocolate post from another blogger woke me up big-time. Sure, some folks don't love chocolate but do they know all what chocolate can do for them and have they entered Chocolateland? Prob not.

  2. Hey, your book looks great. Gotta order, but trying to get my Holidays under budget, so don't worry, my order's coming!