New Book Celebrates Chocolatiers

Looking to find the sweet side of Seattle? A new book on the chocolate makers is your roadmap to treats.

Authors Cornelia Gallen-Kimmell and Cordula Drossel Brown set out on a quest to find the talented chocolatiers of the area. Both from Germany, the women found that in the United States, chocolate was seen as an indulgence. The women wanted to celebrate the art of having the occasional chocolate, especially a handcrafted local chocolate.

Cordula & CorneliaThe result is Seattle Chocolatiers, a local history book that includes photos and descriptions of chocolate makers around the Seattle area.

Inside you’ll find the Eastside represented by talented chocolatiers like Woodinville’s Wellington Chocolates and Bellevue’s Vavako Chocolates. You’ll also find big names like Theo Chocolate.

From Seattle’s history of chocolate makers, to modern day bean-to-bar outfits, the 161 images in the book will leave you with a sweet tooth.

“In and around Seattle, we were so intrigued by all the creative people of all ages and backgrounds from all walks of life, unified in a proud and perpetually sunny mood about the best food on earth: chocolate,” Drossel-Brown said in an email. “We took classes and Vavakoread a lot, and grew deeper roots in the city.”

The book is part of the Images of Modern America series by Arcadia Publishing and can be found in local bookshops or online through Arcadia’s website.

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