Chantal reveals holiday reading recommendations to Woman & Home

CHANTAL COADY, founder of Rococo Chocolates and the Real Chocolate Movement, lives in London with her husband, James Booth, and children Fergus, 15, and Millie, 13. This summer, we want to get away from London and the Olympics after bidding for tickets and getting nothing, and would love to visit Bali, Japan and India.

We were married in Bali 20 years ago, James lived in Japan for four years, and we have a dear friend in India. We’ll see old friends, have long chats and enjoy delicious meals.


I’ll take Marina Lewycka’s Various Pets Alive And Dead (Fig Tree). I loved her first book, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
(Penguin). I adored Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
(Phoenix). My husband tells me that another of Torday’s novels, Name Your Link (Phoenix) is a very dark book with a convoluted plot. I expect to laugh and cry in equal measure.

Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield (Profile) is for my obsession with old-fashioned letter-press type. I used it at art school, and I’m sure I’ll understand more about this now-arcane printing process. I also have in my pile Edmund de Waal’s The Hare With Amber Eyes (Vintage), Kirsten McKenzie’s The Chapel at the Edge of the World (John Murray) and Between Two Fires by Laura Esquival (Crown).

Chantal Coadys Rococo: Mastering The Art Of Chocolate (W&N) will be published in November.

p.196 woman&home August 2012 ‘A BRAND NEW ATTITUDE’

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