Sweets: A History of Candy

Sweets: A History of Candy

by Tim Richardson
     
 

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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

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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.

A delicious blend of anecdote, history, and investigative reporting, Sweets is the perfect gift for anyone who loves candy.

Editorial Reviews

Sweets lover Tim Richardson is the son of a dentist, but he's also the grandson of a candy maker. In Sweets: A History of Candy, it's obvious where his family allegiance resides. This delightful, carefully researched cross-cultural history of confections includes hundreds of fascinating facts about nugget-sized guilty pleasures.
Publishers Weekly
The grandson of a toffee maker and the son of a dentist, candy fanatic Richardson considers his book "the first-ever world history of sweets." Although that may be a dubious claim, his work is indeed jam-packed with quirky tidbits concerning Cadbury eggs, candy canes, Caramellos, caramel creams, Charleston Chews, chewing gum, Chewy Mentos, Chupa Chups, chocolate bars, conversation hearts and countless other confections. And while the prospect of an entire book about candy might make any sugar-loving reader feel like, well, a kid in a candy store, Richardson's lengthy account is at times tedious and suffers throughout from too much personal commentary (e.g., a list of his own "top ten sweets" and his idea for a new candy, the bizarre-sounding "ice cream chew"). The London-based journalist skews his study toward European sweets; although he does mention such American classics as M&Ms and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, he spends a considerable amount of time describing "Rock" ("a stick of peppermint-flavoured candy, coated in a lurid pink colour, with letters running through it"), Y&S and other candy that may be unfamiliar to American readers (the book was originally published in the U.K.). He also offers thought-provoking analyses of international candy preferences ("Taiwan is crazy for fruit jelly sweets") and thoroughly examines candy history, tracing its journey from East to West. Richardson hits the mark on occasion, such as when he comments on the importance of candy ("Sweets are the memorials of our innocence"), but his constant personal asides might make readers' stomachs ache. B&w photos not seen by PW. (Nov.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
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 tooth to the business side of the candy trade, Richardson leaves no detail unexplored. Drawing from science, geography, history, and literature, he looks at confectionery commodities, such as sugar and chocolate, and the origins of individual sweets, including chewing gum and marzipan. He also covers the colorful individuals of the sweets trade and companies like Hershey and Lindt. Richardson's text, with numerous references to English candies and sweets, has a definitely British flavor, but he also discusses American candies and the preferences and traditions of other countries around the world. This tempting treat is highly recommended for the culinary history collections of academic and public libraries.-John Charles, Scottsdale P.L., AZ Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher

“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582342290
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
11/28/2002
Edition description:
1ST US
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 9.58(h) x 1.43(d)

Meet the Author

Tim Richardson's grandfather worked for a fudge company; his father was a dentist. A contributing editor to Wallpaper* magazine and a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Times, he lives in London, where he is in the process of refining his own candy invention.

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