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Food and 1492, Chocolate Part 2

Here’s a 1692 diary entry from fourteen year old Mariana Calderón y Oliveira. Iberians in colonial Mexico delighted in American chocolate. Mateo, Mariana’s Iberian born brother in law, drank and ate so much chocolate that her father asked him what doctors in Spain thought about chocolate. Mateo, who argued that Spanish food was better than Mexican, replied, “blessed be the Lord because he put on the earth blessed chocolate, and the doctors say that there is nothing better in the world on which one can get fat, and because fat is pretty, we all eat a lot of chocolate.” 

Food and 1492 Stories & Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Food+and+1492+

Mott Green, Grenada Maverick Chocolate Maker: [Listen Now 29 min] http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/foodprog/foodprog_20130616-1300a.mp3

The True History of Chocolate: [Listen Now 29 min11 sec] http://www.eatfeed.com/food-of-the-gods-a-sacred-history-of-chocolate/

Chocolate and Dollar Currency In Zimbabwe: [Listen 3 min 57 sec] http://www.npr.org/2012/05/25/153425459/how-crumbling-u-s-dollars-bailed-out-zimbabwe

Eating While Poor in the Mississippi Delta

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