From Bean to Bar

A chocolate-lover’s guide to Britain

Andrew Baker's celebration of artisan chocolate-making in Britain.

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About the book

Chocolate arouses greater passion in its fans than any other food, and chocolate-making is one of the most exciting and dynamic areas in Britain’s burgeoning artisan food scene. This book is a celebration of chocolate-making in this country, designed to locate and bring to a wider audience the fascinating people making good chocolate in the right way.

Arranged geographically in a dozen regional chapters, each one is centred on a local hero but also casts light on other chocolatiers and bean-to-bar makers in their area. A profile of the area and its most characterful artisans is backed up in each chapter by a locator map and data on transport links, supplier websites and other foodie points of interest.

Part travelogue and part biography, always informative and entertaining, there will be practical information that readers can use to make their way around Britain, tasting as they go, or to order lovely chocolate from their armchair while reading about the people who make it.

Among the people and places to be included are Duffy Sheardown, a former Formula One racing engineer who makes bars of chocolate in a shed in Cleethorpes that are prized by chocolate connoisseurs all over the world; Willie Harcourt-Cooze, a glamorous globetrotter who grows cocoa in Venezuala and makes chocolate in Uff culme, Devon (sold in Waitrose); and the passionate young women of Dormouse, who from tiny premises in Manchester are winning international accolades.

A peek inside

Read a few pages from Andrew Baker's book (click to download).

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About the author

Son of veteran newsreader Richard Baker, Andrew Baker is well known in chocolate circles for his blog on the subject and is often called upon to judge chocolate competitions.

A long-established journalist, he is Features Editor of the Telegraph Weekend sections and author of Where Am I and Who’s Winning? (Random House).

He is an experienced radio broadcaster for Radio Five Live, and presents regular podcasts for the Telegraph. He lives in London.

More details

Available from: 22 August 2019
Price: £15.99
ISBN: 978-0-7495-8183-1
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 272

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