Life is full of twists and turns and around every one of them, I find chocolate. Or it finds me! I am a mere consumer/novice with an open mind to learning.
This year I hope to educate myself much better on this thing called chocolate.
My preference: Dark chocolate, bordering on black.
I live in the midwest U.S. and dang, it's cold here!
My daytime occupation is staff nurse in a busy intensive care unit at a rather large teaching hospital. By night, I am stir crazy! I like to mix and make things, ranging from cross stitch to sewing, to andmade olf-fashioned soap, to shampoo, conditioner and body lotion. My most current challenge was making homemade marshmallows.
I am thankful to be in the midst of seasoned pros and I look forward to learning a few things!
I'm located in the Rocky Mountains....it's cold here too! Thank goodness for great chocolates that warm our hearts as well as our bellies! I'm pretty new myself but I have noticed that the members of "the chocolate life" are very friendly! I hope you'll enjoy this site as much as I have!
Richard - it's Beckett, not Beck.
The Science of Chocolate provides a good overview of chocolate basics and a tiny bit of history. If you do plan to go into production then the more complete version, which costs a couple of hundred dollars, is one of the definitive reference guides and is highly recommended.
Link to The Science of Chocolate (hardcover - Amazon)
Link to Industrial Chocolate Manufacture and Use (hardcover - Amazon)