Inspired by: Our favorite summer chocolate books


One of our favorite summer activities is leisurely reading a good book. There’s nothing better than finding a cool spot, opening a box of chocolate truffles and getting lost in the pages. Books about chocolate? Now you’re talking.

Hungry for books to feed your literary chocolate craving? Read on for our suggestions!


For Non-Fiction, History Fanatics: The True History of Chocolate

Judging a book by it’s cover, you can tell The True History of Chocolate is going to be a fun read. Authors Sophia D. and Michael D. Coe delve deep into chocolate’s intriguing background with lessons in botany and archaeology. The Coes take readers on a ride that spans 4,000 years and crosses the continents many times over.


For Lovers of Corporate World Intrigues: The Chocolate War

Chocolate is serious business. The Chocolate Wars highlights the industry behind the world’s most popular confection. It’s a unique look at the rivalries and competition that helped push chocolate innovation forward. This book covers all the major players, including a few eccentric characters chocolate lovers have never heard of before.


Readers That Enjoy Stirring Young Adult Fiction: The Chocolate War

Let’s be honest, many thoughtful YA books are popular among us adults. The Chocolate War is one of those titles. The book’s story begins with a student’s refusal to sell chocolates for a school fundraiser. This simple act of defiance turns into a local scandal that reflects the school’s inner power struggles and the importance of individuality.

BONUS READ: Check out author Robert Cormier’s sequel Beyond the Chocolate War.


For Self-Help Book Devotees: Discover Chocolate: The Ultimate Guide to Buying, Tasting and Enjoying Fine Chocolate

Next, let’s travel back. More than a decade ago Clay Gordon penned the book Discover Chocolate: The Ultimate Guide to Buying, Tasting and Enjoying Fine Chocolate. As the name suggests, it’s considered a definitive guide for understanding the culinary essentials of chocolate. The gorgeous photos will entice you in and the clever, in-depth writing will hook any reader. You’ll learn about the types of chocolate, how to pair chocolate with wine and many other pointers for making fine chocolate incredibly enjoyable.


For Romance Loving Amateur Chefs: The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris

Finally, books don’t get any sweeter than The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris. The delightful story follows Anna Trent, a chocolate factory manager who’s clueless about making fine chocolate. A twist of fate brings her to the premier chocolate shop in Paris where she discovers love in more ways than one. Author Jenny Colgan also includes her favorite chocolate recipes in the back of the books.

Are you a fast reader that devours books? Add these chocolate-themed books to your summer reading list too!

Nicole Patel

Nicole Patel is the proprietor of and chocolatier for Delysia Chocolatier. In 2006 while pregnant with her first son, Nicole made a batch of chocolate truffles as holiday gifts. To the delight of friends and family, she continued to create chocolates as a way to relieve stress from her corporate engineering job. In 2008, a chance trip to Becker Vineyards led to Nicole being the first in Texas to make truffles using local wines. Within five years, what started as a hobby turned Delysia into one of the Top Ten Chocolatiers in the Americas, as selected by the International Chocolate Salon.