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To all you doubters who question why technologically advanced extraterrestrials would bother to visit Planet Earth, here’s the short answer: chocolate. They want our Mars bars, and they’ll vaporize anyone who gets in their way. Let’s not even discuss what they might do in order to lay their padded, ectoplasmic fingers on the delectables featured in Chocolate Chocolate, Lisa Yockelson’s cookbook for cocoa compulsives. The pictures alone are enough to send your average human into a diabetic coma; I actually had to snatch the book away from the wife to stop the poor, overwhelmed woman from licking the cupcake on its cover. Yockelson’s book is not for the weak-willed; it’s adults-only dessert porno for people willing to see their diets run aground on a rocky shoal of Rocky Road Mud Bars and Blast-of-Chocolate Fudge Tortes. I can’t wait to try one of these recipes. That is, if my wife or some equally strange life form doesn’t eat the book first. Yockelson reads at 7 p.m. at the Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. (Books provided by Olsson’s Books & Records.) Free. (202) 252-0012. (Michael Little)