When you bite into one of my dark chocolate salted caramel pralines, you’re greeted by the snapping sound of the shiny outer layer as it exposes the gooey goodness of the buttery salted caramel filling forming the perfect marriage of salty, sweet, and chocolate.
I perfected my chocolate making skills while living in Brussels, Belgium, but my interests in experimenting with tastes and flavors goes back to middle school. At 12, I already distinguished herself as a budding foodie when I received the most extra credit ever awarded to a 7th grader in a cooking class (yes, in the 1970s cooking classes were part of the Los Angeles Middle School curriculum).
I originially entered college as a Food Science major, but soon realized I was more interested in the culinary and storytelling aspects of food than the scientific. My love of all things storytelling culminated in a Ph.D. in Folklore from the Folklore Institute at Indiana University.
After dabbling in high tech (Don’t be so surprised. When was the last time you saw a folklore job advertised?), I found my way back to chocolate through a circuitous academic route. My interest in chocolate elevated to a full-time pursuit when I moved to Brussels and was able to take chocolate-making classes, apprentice with chocolatiers, and write chocolate-shop reviews.
Today you can find me writing about chocolate, teaching chocolate workshops, and making chocolate—lots and lots of chocolate.
I live in northern Virginia with the great white cats of Sycamore Street and my rock & roll husband Dr. Gene.
Just when you thought the chocolate lovers diet was real… poof. It turns out the claim was just a hoax by a journalist. Science journalist Johannes Bohannon wanted to see how gullible the online press was with pseudo scientific studies. He got a team of researchers to help him do a fake study to prove that eating chocolate helps you lose weight. Because, really, who wouldn’t want this to be true.
They did the study. Published the findings in a pay-for-publication scientific journal and then did an online PR campaign to get the findings circulated. The press release went out in late March and the study’s findings went viral by April.
Bohannon didn’t let the hoax go on too long. On May 25, 2015 he announced that the study was bogus. The paper has been removed from the journal website after the hoax was revealed, but Bohannon has posted it so you can read it in its entirety.
I guess if the news about chocolate looks too good to be true, it is.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do You Bring Chocolates When You Do Events?
Of course. What would a discussion of Chocolate Therapy Group be without a little chocolate sampling? The only question remaining is should I bring milk or dark chocolates?
Can I get you to do a Chocolate Therapy session with my support group?
Do you ever combine a book group appearance with chocolate making or chocolate tasting?
Yes. All of the time. If you would like to schedule a book group chocolate therapy session, email me at email@example.com.
Where can I find your chocolate recipes?
All my chocolate recipes and chocolate making instructions are available on my blog Writing with Chocolate.