Madame Cocoa’s Library

My adventures in chocolate didn’t begin with a taste, they began with a book. For more than 10 years I’ve collected books on chocolate – stories, cookbooks, and lessons from mentors, archaeologists, historians, professors, chocolate makers, chocolatiers, cooks, and travelers. I’ve read their books, and been fortunate to meet many of these authors and chocolate adventurers. I love used book bookstores for random finds, and choose to support local bookstores when I’m looking for something in particular. Many links for these books take you to my favorite local store, BookPeople. You can also explore my chocolate bookshelf on Pinterest.


“…in order to make a truly exquisite chocolate, countless subtle equations must be solved, from which we benefit without even having been conscious of them.”
~ Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, The Physiology of Taste (1825) from a translation by M.F.K. Fisher

Recommended Books on Chocolate:

The Chocolate Companion by Chantal Coady

Pure Chocolate by Fran Bigelow

Chocolate, Pathway to the Gods by Dreiss and Greenhill

Discover Chocolate by Clay Gordon

Chocolate, A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light by Mort Rosenblum

The Essence of Chocolate by John Scharffenberger

Chocolate Obsession by Michael Recchiuti

The Chocolate Connoisseur by Chloe Doutre-Roussel

The True History of Chocolate by Sophie and Michael Coe

Sweets, A History of Candy by Tim Richardson

Paris Sweets by Dorie Greenspan

The Great Book of Chocolate by David Lebovitz

The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz

Mast Brothers Cookbook by David and Michael Mast

The New Taste of Chocolate by Maricel Presilla

Where Am I Eating? An Adventure through the Global Food Economy by Kelsey Timmerman

Raising the Bar: The Future of Fine Chocolate  by Pam Williams