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Summer Reading: Sweets: A History of Candy

This week's candy explosion made me realize it was high time I told you about a book I received a few years ago. My pal Jeff knew I had a thing for candy, and so he presented me with Tim Richardson's Sweets: A History of Candy.

In what can only be called an extraordinary view of candy through the ages, Richardson opens the doors to candy's sordid history. Along the way we look at various cultures, what they eat and why. While it is definitely an engaging read, I must warn you that it is not a recipe book, nor is it a coffee table book, it is most certainly a history book. In fact, some of the passages even read like text books, with lengthy descriptions and lots of intricate details. However, if you are interested in candy, sweets, world culture or anthropology, this book is certainly a fascinating read.

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tkoblondee tkoblondee 8 years
mmmm............candy!
laurafox laurafox 8 years
My kind of book!
missquiet missquiet 8 years
The cover certainly looks delicious. :D
cybele cybele 8 years
I wasn't that fond of this book. It could have been a cultural barrier thing with the references to things like rock and sherbet or the fact that it took half the book to get to something recognizable as candy. The descriptions were nice but it never addressed modern candy and all its variations.
llendril llendril 8 years
i am interested in candy, sweets, world culture, AND anthropology. thanks for sharing this book!
ALSW ALSW 8 years
Sounds really neat. And sweet! :)
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