The perfect gift for serious chocolate lovers who care about trade justice for cacao farmers. We've bundled Dr. Kristy Leissle's book, "Cocoa", with some of her favorite bars of chocolate, all of them made with cacao from Africa, her major area of study and expertise. Dr. Leissle has written a personal letter that is included in the bundle.
A copy of Dr. Kristy Liessle's book, "Cocoa"
A bar of Dandelion Gola Rainforest Sierra Leone 70% made with Sierra Leone's first shipment of cacao, organized by Dr. Leissle
Francois Pralus Ghana 75% Dark Chocolate
Michel Cluizel Cru De Plantation Vila Gracinda 67% Dark Chocolate
Askinosie Mababu, Tanzania 72% Dark Chocolate
Dr. Kristy Leissle provides an unvarnished look into the world of cacao in her new book, "Cocoa". She illustrates the complexity of the issues related to cocoa farming and production that certifications aim to over simplify. Her book has eight chapters that include topics such as, "Power in the Market", "Economics on the Ground" and "Trade Justice", to name three politically-charged subjects that often receive glossary coverage. Here you get an in-depth evaluation of the good, the bad and the trade-offs of well-meant strategies that may not work as expected.
Having lived in Ghana during her doctoral dissertation (and now), Dr. Leissle has credibility from her first-hand knowledge and experience that others don’t.
About Dr. Kristy Leissle
Dr. Kristy Leissle is a scholar of cocoa and chocolate. Since 2004, her work has investigated the politics, economics, and cultures of these industries, focusing on West African political economy and trade, the US craft market, and the complex meanings produced and consumed through chocolate marketing and advertising. Her recent book, Cocoa (Cambridge: Polity, 2018) explores cocoa geopolitics and personal politics.
Dr. Leissle is Affiliate Faculty in African Studies at the University of Washington; Research Associate for the development through trade organization Twin & Twin Trading; and Cultural Specialist for National Geographic-Lindblad Expeditions. She lives in Accra.