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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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