Sugar-Plums and Sherbet: The Prehistory of Sweets

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This excellent study of the ingenuity of sugar boiling and the manufacture of those intriguing avatars of childhood happiness: the humbug, the gobstopper, the peardrop and the stick of rock is now published in paperback. As well as a history, it is also a recipe book, with twenty tried and tested methods for sweets ancient and modern. The byways of knowledge that are illuminated make this so rewarding. There have been studies of modern-day sweeties and their immediate antecedents, but this goes further back, to ...

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Overview

This excellent study of the ingenuity of sugar boiling and the manufacture of those intriguing avatars of childhood happiness: the humbug, the gobstopper, the peardrop and the stick of rock is now published in paperback. As well as a history, it is also a recipe book, with twenty tried and tested methods for sweets ancient and modern. The byways of knowledge that are illuminated make this so rewarding. There have been studies of modern-day sweeties and their immediate antecedents, but this goes further back, to the late Middle Ages. As much as a history of sweets, it is also a study of sugar and its place in our early diet.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781903018286
  • Publisher: Prospect Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Series: None Series
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 4.98 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Mason is also the author of Traditional Foods of Britain.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7
Introduction 9
I In the sweet shop 15
II Why sweets are not puddings: some definitions 21
III Sucrose, sugar loaves and cassonade: facts about sugar 29
IV Boiling and measuring: the alchemy of sugar 45
V Candy complexities 65
VI Written in sugar: pulled sweets and seaside rock 81
VII Sweet acidity: fruit drops and fruit preserved 99
VIII Lost meanings: comfits 119
IX Consuming wealth and eating words: sugar paste 137
X At the interface: sherbet 153
XI Against the cough: liquorice and marshmallow 165
XII A late developer: toffee 179
XIII For the look of the thing 195
XIV The sugar archives 209
App.: Practical notes 217
Notes and references 223
Bibliography 235
Index 241
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