Most Recent Book Title
Chocolatour: A Quest for the World's Best Chocolate
Book Description
The true purpose of Chocolatour is to educate, entertain, and entice people into exploring the world of chocolate–whether that be encouraging them to engage in chocolate-inspired travel, or simply to expand their knowledge of and interest in fine artisanal chocolate.

I am a big believer in the importance of creativity, and am inspired by the passion of the many chocolatiers and chocolate masters I have met since embarking on my research of the world of artisanal chocolate in 2009. Allow me introduce them and their chocolate creations to you. Please join me in this continuing journey as I explore the chocolate of the world.

Volume I of Chocolatour (published July 2013 and reprinted November 2013) focuses on the finest chocolatiers and chocolate makers of Europe and the UK. The book also contains a chapter on the cocoa-growing regions of Peru, Ecuador, and St. Lucia, a comprehensive chapter on the health benefits of chocolate, chocolate and wine pairings, world chocolate events, Chocolatour awards, and the A-Z Guide for Chocolate Lovers.

Volume II is currently being researched and will be published in 2016. This volume of Chocolatour will focus on the Americas and the Caribbean. Volume III is planned for 2018 and will focus on Asia, Africa, Australia/New Zealand, India, and the Middle East.

Chocolatour is published by Wizard of Words Productions of Matlock, Manitoba, Canada.
Additional Book Titles
"Before You Say Yes ... A Guide to the Pleasures & Pitfalls of Volunteer Boards, published by Dundurn Press in March, 2010.

Co-author, "The Manitoba Book of Everything" published by MacIntyre Purcell Publishing Inc in October, 2008.

Co-author, "Frommer's Newfoundland and Labrador" First Edition, published in 2004 by Wiley Publishing.

Location (city/state/country)
Matlock, Manitoba, Canada
Author bio
Doreen Pendgracs is a Canadian travel writer and photographer who has traveled to 30 countries to date. Her primary focus is cultural and culinary travel.

Pendgracs has a deep passion for travel, fine handcrafted artisanal chocolate, and high-creative people. Chocolatour enables her to combine all three passions into the contents of this, her fourth book. Other titles by Pendgracs include "Before You Say Yes ... A Guide to the Pleasure & Pitfalls of Volunteer Boards," co-author of "The Manitoba Book of Everything," and co-author of the first volume of Frommer's Newfoundland and Labrador.

She is a member of The Writers Union of Canada, the Travel Media Association of Canada, the North American Travel Journalists Assn, the Professional Writers Association of Canada, the Manitoba Writers' Guild, the Canadian Freelance Union, and Toastmasters International.

A Distinguished Toastmaster, Pendgracs enjoys giving informative and entertaining talks about chocolate at special events and chocolate dinners and tastings. She also leads chocolate tours to various destinations for small groups interested in learning more about the world of fine chocolate. Pendgracs lives in Manitoba, Canada, with her husband and cat near the shores of Lake Winnipeg.
Professional Speaker Topics
Chocolate Appreciation, Exploring the World of Artisanal Chocolate, Chocolate Travel, Freelance Writing, Making a Living as a Travel Writer, Travel Writing in Your Own Backyard, Toastmasters Can Change Your Life, Public Speaking Made Easy, Volunteerism, How to be a More Effective Volunteer, Understanding Feng Shui, Crowdfunding a Creative Project.
Favorite Quote or Personal Motto

I live every day as though it might be my last.

If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space.

Writing and living to travel.

A day without chocolate is a day without sunshine.

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