"The Taste of Chocolate"

By Paule Cuvelier and Cathy Selena (Flammarion, $29.95) What it is: A two-volume book to bestow on a chocolate-loving sweetie, this beautiful set looks like a box of fine confections. Paule Cuvelier, the author, is director of the renowned French confection house Maison Debauve & Gallais. Volume 1, "The History of Chocolate," explores the cultural, economic and political history of its subject, as well as its cultivation; Volume 2, "The Taste of Chocolate," offers a wealth of information on chocolate varieties as well as a lot of recipes. Tribune photo by Antonio Perez
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