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Sweets: A History Of Temptation

Sweets: A History Of Temptation

The History of Temptation

by Tim Richardson

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/06/2004

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that everyone loves sweets. However keen we might be on fine cheese, vintage wine or acorn- fed Iberian ham, much of the time we'd be happier with a Curly- Wurly. But why do we like sweets so much? Why is there such an enormous variety of types, a whole uncharted gastronomy in itself? And where do they all come from?Many of the sweets we recognize today have a lineage going back hundreds of years. Sugar was first transported around the world with the exotic herbs and spices used by medieval apothecaries. By association, the confectioner's art was at first medical in nature and many sweets (such as aniseed balls, which were a medieval cure for indigestion) were originally consumed for reasons of health.Other sweets came in- to being in the worlds of ritual and magic. Chocolate, for example, was mixed with chilli and used as a libation by the Aztecs. It subsequently appeared in other rather more palatable drinks around the world, but not in the solid form we now recognize until about 150 years ago. But the special significance of a gift of chocolate remains...Whatever their manifold origins, sweets are still a feature of every human society around the world. Tim Richardson's book tells the extraordinary story of comfits and dragees, lozenges and pastilles, sherbets and subtleties. Like a box of chocolates, it's something you can just dip into- or scoff all at once.
ISBN:
9780553814460
9780553814460
Category:
Cookery / food & drink etc
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-06-2004
Publisher:
Transworld Publishers Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
416
Dimensions (mm):
198x127x25mm
Weight:
0.28kg
Tim Richardson

Tim Richardson is a garden historian and critic of contemporary landscape architecture whose published work incluldes English Gardens in the Twentieth Century, Arcadian Friends: Inventing the English Landscape Garden and Great Gardens of America (9780711228863).

He writes regularly for newspapers and magazines including the Daily Telegraph, Gardens Illustrated and Country Life. Tim was founding editor of New Eden, gardens editor of Country Life and landscape editor at Wallpaper* magazine. He is a trustee of The Garden History Society and serves on the gardens advisory panel of the National Trust.

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