Chocolatour takes you around the world, in search of the most beautiful, innovative, and delectable chocolate and noteworthy chocolate events.
In this first volume of Chocolatour, author Doreen Pendgracs introduces you to chocolate masters in Belgium, France, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, and Holland, as well as the UK. She also takes you to cacao growing regions in Peru, Ecuador, and St. Lucia and includes a fascinating chapter on the health benefits of chocolate. Plus a global A-Z Chocolate Lovers’ Guide for the chocolate journey of your life.
Here are some editorial reviews of the book:
Ask anyone to list some things they love, and I m willing to bet that chocolate and travel would be near the top of that list. So, what could be better than a book that combines the two? That s exactly what Manitoba-based author Doreen Pendgracs has done in Chocolatour: A Quest for the World s Best Chocolate. This travel narrative, as Pendgracs calls it, gives us the inside scoop how the chocolate that we love goes from the cacao pod to the luscious treat that melts in our mouth. Pendgracs visited cocoa producers and farmers in Ecuador, Peru, and St. Lucia. This is where the cacao, also called cocoa, crops are grown, and thanks to more fair trade agreements, that production is helping many families in those countries to have very decent incomes growing what they love. From there, we go with Pendgracs to meet chocolatiers, chocolate makers, and chocolate masters in several countries in Europe: France, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, and to the United Kingdom. She (and occasionally a travel companion) discovered and Pendgracs shares with us the best places to find the exact chocolate you seek. How do you know which type of chocolate you might like best? Pendgracs explains the personalities of the chocolate that will best match your personality or mood. Yes, mood. There are biochemical reactions to chocolate that happen in our brain, which alters mood, and there are very valid health benefits, including mood-boosting, which Pendgracs researched and explains well. So, you ll know why you have those chocolate cravings and why, as the saying goes, resistance is futile. This isn t just a book about chocolate and its origins. Pendgracs also points out places to stay and eat so you can get the best experience in each locale. Some of the best parts of each chapter are the Fun Facts, and the Noteworthy Chocolate for each place. Adding to the fun of the book are the Chocolatour Awards, which Pendgracs admits are subjective, and the A-Z Guide for Chocolate Lovers. Those should definitely help you decide where in the world you d like to go on a chocolate quest. Accompanying the text are some stunning photos, mostly taken by Pendgracs, that will definitely whet your whistle for the travel and of course the chocolate and this, Volume One, is just the beginning. Pendgracs is continuing her research and travel and is working on Volumes Two and Three in the Chocolatour series, which will take us to different parts of the world of chocolate. She is also busy organizing chocolate events in many communities, and will be conducting her own chocolatours the first one is planned for Switzerland in 2014. So, if chocolate and travel are on the top of your most favourite things, be sure to see how these can be combined going with Chocolatour: A Quest for World s Best Chocolate. —Women Business Owner Today magazine
This is such a well written and engaging read. I am learning so much about chocolate and where it comes from. It is fascinating to learn that chocolate, like all substances, has distinctive characteristics and can be identified by the nose and the taste. Then there are the chocolatiers who are masters and magicians who create some wondrous chocolate delicacies from the pure chocolate that comes from some dedicated growers. It is so worth the read. ~Susan P. Cooper —Goodreads.
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Before You Say Yes . . . A Guide to the Pleasures and Pitfalls of Volunteer Boards
Doreen Pendgracs has sat on various boards of directors for more than twenty-five years. During that time, she has gleaned valuable information that she shares in an easy-to-understand, conversational style for novices and seasoned members alike. Whether you’re asked to sit on a trade union board, a non-profit board for a community group or church, a business-focused board of an association or chamber of commerce, or the board of a charitable organization, Before You Say Yes … gives you the inside scoop on what questions to ask and what you need to do before you take the plunge.
Pendgracs leads the reader through the intricacies of management style, board etiquette and responsibilities, Robert’s Rules of Order, directors’ and officers’ insurance, and financial obligations and compensation. You’ll also discover what happens in the case of a lawsuit or how to implement a disaster plan, how to welcome new board members and deal with difficult people, and what benefits board membership can bring to your personal life and career.
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|Print Version (includes postage to the UK) $27 CAD
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Buy direct from Doreen and get a personalized copy. Please be sure to provide your mailing address on the PayPal order form when you make your purchase to avoid delays. Reduced prices are available on orders of 5 books or more. All sales are final.