Sweets by Tim Richardson
A History of Candy

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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. "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

About Tim Richardson

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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.
Published December 5, 2008 by Bloomsbury USA. 402 pages
Genres: History, Cooking, Parenting & Relationships, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Non-fiction

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Sweets: A History of Temptation by Tim Richardson 392pp, Bantam Press, £15 The names of sweets have their own romance, a teasing (downright vulgar) allusiveness: curly andra, curly murlies, claggum, clack, gundy, and taffy rock bools from Scotland;

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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 n...

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