Sweets: A History of Candy

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Dec 5, 2008 - History - 400 pages
In Sweets, Tim Richardson takes us on a magical confectionery tour, letting his personal passion fuel the narrative of candy's rich and unusual history. Beginning with a description of the biology of sweetness itself, Richardson navigates the ancient history of sweets, the incredible range and diversity of candies worldwide, the bizarre figures and practices of the confectionery industry, and the connection between food and sex. He goes on to explore the role of sweets in myth and folklore and, finally, offers a personal philosophy of continual sweet-eating based on the writings of Epicurus.
"For anyone with a sweet tooth, Sweets is manna...This history of candy is full of delights."-New York Times Book Review
"Sweets is an informative, entertaining grab-bag of personal opinion, anecdote and culinary history." -Los Angeles Times
 

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If I retain even half the information in this book, I'd be surprised. He spends a long time on the history of the sugar trade and the early uses of it, which gets a little dry and repetitive, but then ... Read full review

Sweets: A History of Candy

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Richardson, a British editor and journalist, chronicles the history of candy and confectionery in this delightfully passionate and wonderfully witty survey. From the scientific explanation for a sweet ... Read full review

Contents

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Tim Richardson is a highly respected writer on garden and landscape design. His books include The Vanguard Landscapes and Gardens of Martha Schwartz, Avant Gardeners, and "Futurescapes". He lives in London.

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