Today's WNW is a brief vocabulary lesson . . . with a point.
The word: theobroma
Let's break it down.
Theo comes from the Greek root for "god"
broma means "food"
So basically, theobroma means "food of the gods."
Can you guess what it means? No, not ambrosia. Something even better. Oh, yeah. You know.
Theobroma is the genus name for the cacao plant.
(Here's a picture of cacao pods I took myself at the NY Chocolate Show back in 2003.)
In short, theobroma refers to CHOCOLATE, and one of the main chemicals found in chocolate is called theobromine.
So why did I use WNW to share a chocolate vocabulary lesson today?
Because I have a special announcement:
My chocolate cookbook has been officially accepted for publication!
The original thought was the it might be out next fall (Oct 2010) just in time for Christmas shopping. The official release date is still up in the air, but there's a slight possibility it might come out a little earlier.
I'll keep readers updated!
In the meantime, I'm going to go celebrate with some of the Finnish chocolate my parents brought home with them.
(You haven't tasted milk chocolate unless you've had a Fazer Blue. Go ahead and feel jealous.)