Chocolate Collective is celebrating World Book Day with a list of the most deliciously, decadent books.
To celebrate World Book Day, Chocolate Collective has come over all literary, with a list of the most deliciously, decadent books around. Chocolate can be passionate, magical and comforting, and the delicious taste has inspired these wonderful novels below. And the best thing about reading about chocolate, you get all the yumminess but with none of the calories.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Probably the most famous book on the list. For the very few people that don’t know the story, it’s about a young boy who wins a tour of the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world's most unusual chocolatier. When Willy Wonka decides to let five children into his chocolate factory, he hides five golden tickets in five separate chocolate bars, causing complete mayhem.
This magical book is all about the fun and fantastical element of chocolate. It has been capturing the imagination of young and old alike since it was first published in 1964.
Chocolat by Joanne Harris
This is a timeless novel of a straitlaced village's awakening to joy and sensuality as village newcomer, Vianne Rocher opens a chocolate shop that mysteriously gives the villagers things they didn’t even know they wanted! Every page offers a description of chocolate to melt in the mouths of chocoholics, francophiles, armchair gourmets, cookbook readers, and lovers of passion everywhere.
While we can’t promise Johnny Depp (who appeared in the beautiful film adaptation of Chocolat) our Deluxe Chocolate Truffle Making Workshops can introduce you, and the special person in your life, to the passion and pleasure of chocolate, as you take on the challenge of becoming budding chocolatiers together. Or, perhaps you want to give someone dear to you a unique gift that they never even knew they were craving, just like Vianne. One of our Chocolate Collective Gift Vouchers would be the perfect surprise.
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
The number one bestseller in America and Mexico for two years running, this book went on to become a global hit.
It is a sumptuous feast of a novel, about the history of the all-female De La Garza family. Tita, the youngest daughter of the house, has been forbidden to marry, condemned by Mexican tradition to look after her mother until she dies. But Tita falls in love with Pedro and he is seduced by the magical food she cooks, which just so happens to include chocolate!
This book encourages the reader to go for what they want…and I couldn’t agree more!
The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan
Anna, a chocolate factory worker from England, is given the opportunity of a life-time work in Paris with her former sweetheart, Thierry, a master chocolatier. This book is hopeful, laugh-out-loud funny, and irresistibly addictive, as you follow Anna on her journey to finding herself through chocolate.
I love the way this book shows what an art form making chocolate can be. One of my favourite things about running our chocolate making workshops is seeing complete novices walk through the door, and after one lesson, leaving knowing how to mix, pipe, cut, shape and coat chocolate to make delicious truffles. If Anna’s story teaches us anything, it’s that it’s never too late to learn a new skill and change your life for the better. Feeling inspired? Take a look at our upcoming Chocolate Workshop dates.
While this list is a light-hearted way to combine my love of chocolate and books at the same time, World Book Day has a serious message too. It is a registered charity on a mission to give every child and young person a book of their own. It’s also a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading. So, let’s make the most of this wonderful day and encourage as many children as possible to collect their free book and get reading.