Back of Must Read: Chocolates and Confections I should have put self-control on my list of New Year's resolutions, because I haven't been able to resist temptation this month, especially when it comes to nostalgic candies, dragées, or any charming confection. At least one publisher appealed to my weakness when I received a copy of Peter Greweling's Chocolates and Confections at Home With the Culinary Institute of America ($23), I think my heart actually skipped a beat. Did it let me down? Find out and read more. Pros: Endless resources include an equipment list with pictures, information on legal standards, step-by-step technique photos, and troubleshooting. Covers all candy from rock candy to candy-coated fruit to chocolate molds and fondant. Layout is visually stimulating, but not too busy. Alluring flavor combinations and confections — like honey-lavender truffles, PB&J bars, and honeycomb-like sponge candy. Cons: Book is large and bulky, which makes it more ideal as a coffee-table book than a kitchen cookbook. Navigation isn't the easiest. For instance, a primer on fondant provides everything but the recipe, which doesn't appear until more than 15 pages later. Recipes: Everything from marzipan to meltaways, including: Rock candy Green tea truffles Cherry cordials Nougat torrone Turkish delight Imagery: Detailed photography is a highlight of this book, and it's both enticing and educational. For example, one photo shows the close-up differences between correctly and incorrectly tempered chocolate. The book also contains diagrams and flow charts that are helpful for understanding various confection techniques. Overall Rating: Although this large read may appear better suited for the coffee table, it's a wealth of information that truly belongs in any candy-maker's kitchen. Chocolates and Confections would be the perfect Valentine's Day gift for any aspiring pastry chef. View 21 Photos › Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 Photo 6 Photo 7 Photo 8 Photo 9 Photo 10 Photo 11 Photo 12 Photo 13 Photo 14 Photo 15 Photo 16 Photo 17 Photo 18 Photo 19 Photo 20 Photo 21 Comments arcticpuppet 7 years the photos are beautiful! Spectra 7 years I love making candy! I might have to see this book and possibly buy it. Bettye-Wayne 7 years Over Christmas I made candies for the first time... this looks like a great book! Daisy-Duke 7 years Just seeing the cover makes me crave a chocolate covered pretzel!