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BETTER THAN SEX: Chocolate Principles to Live By
by Theresa Cheung, Conari Press, $14.95

I love chocolate. But nobody loves it more or understands it better than Theresa Cheung in her new book, Better Than Sex. I’ll be the first to admit that I have turned to chocolate for an endorphin rush on a lonely Saturday night, but I was skeptical about the claim this title made; that is, until I read it.

Between the covers of Better Than Sex, lies the truth about chocolate. We learn that chocolate really doesn’t promote acne, nor does it cause high cholesterol. It’s not bad for you, unless eaten by the truckload, and actually has a good many nutrients. Plus, eating an ounce of dark chocolate a day (at least 70% cocoa content) has been shown to improve the health of women.

Beyond these myth-busting facts about chocolate, are Ms. Cheungs’ Chocolate Principles to Live By, which are described in seven chapters with titles such as “Discover the Sweet Center”, “Chocolate Makes You Feel Good” and “A Little Chocolate Goes a Long Way”. One of my favorite chapters, “Let it Melt in Your Mouth”, suggests that we not only do so with our favorite confection but in our day-to-day lives as well. Cheung sums it up when she tells us, “Chocolate is a consuming passion the world over. What if we could devour life with the same kind of commitment and passion?” This chapter explores the reasons why so many of us turn to chocolate in times of sadness or loneliness, and suggests that we examine our feelings on a deeper level in order to solve emotional problems, rather than sublimating them. But the good news is, we still get the chocolate in the end.

And best of all, the second appendix called “Guilt-Free Indulgence”, provides us with great recipes for chocolate desserts that sound utterly divine. The Best Brownies in the World, Profiteroles with Chocolate Sauce and Chocolate Sponge Cake are just a few of the tantalizing desserts on the list. Which brings me to my only problem with this book- Which recipe should I try first?

www.Dishmag.com / Issue 54 - September 2018
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