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Cocoa in a Nutshell by James Duncan Davidson, Michael Beam

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The animal on the cover of Cocoa in a Nutshell is an Irish setter. Bred as a sporting dog in the 19th century, the Irish setter’s agility and energy made it a prime companion for pheasant and quail hunters. By the 1890s, the dog’s attractive, silky red coat and elegant build boosted its popularity as a show dog. For the past century, breeders have created a larger dog with a longer coat, with deep chestnut red or patches of red and white hair. The dog is also popular as a family pet. Described as loyal, gentle, energetic, and happy, the Irish setter gets along well with children. Some hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers also adopt the Irish setter as a therapy dog.

Colleen Gorman was the production editor, and Colleen Gorman and Ann Schirmer were the copyeditors for Cocoa in a Nutshell. Mary Brady, Jane Ellin, Claire Cloutier, and Linley Dolby provided quality control. Reg Aubry wrote the index.

Emma Colby designed the cover of this book, based on a series design by Edie Freedman. The cover image is a 19th-century engraving from the Dover Pictorial Archive. Emma Colby produced the cover layout with QuarkXPress 4.1 using Adobe’s ITC Garamond font.

David Futato and Bret Kerr designed the interior layout. This book was ...

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