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Life is Sweet: A Collection of Splendid Old-Fashioned Confectionery [Hardcover]

Hope and Greenwood
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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Book Description

1 Oct 2009

In this jolly little gem of a cookery book, Miss Hope and Mr Greenwood offer 50 of their most delectable sweet recipes - delights such as toffee and fudge, coconut ice, gums, jellies, nougat and, of course, perfect hand-made chocolates. Like the confectionery they sell in their shops, everything in the book will recommend the use of the best ingredients, including fresh cream, butter and natural vanilla, and never use artificial flavours. You will also be treated to a delicious array of sweet stories, historical anecdotes and scandal which are guaranteed to make you chuckle.

Exquisitely designed and lavishly photographed, Life is Sweet will tap into the current nostalgia for the confectionery we remember from our childhood and allow us to indulge our sweet tooth to the full.

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Life is Sweet: A Collection of Splendid Old-Fashioned Confectionery + Miss Hope's Chocolate Box + The Home-Made Sweet Shop: Make Your Own Irresistible Sweet Confections with 90 Classic Recipes for Sweets, Candies and Chocolates
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Product details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091932661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091932664
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 19.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"these easy-to-make sweet recipes will make your mouth water" (Daily Mail Weekend)

"A delicious bonbon of a book... Just crying to be popped in a Christmas Stocking" (Sunday Telegraph)

Book Description

A delightfully nostalgic collection of over 50 recipes for the best of Britain's confectionery and chocolates

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet delights 12 Oct 2009
I bought this book as a christmas present for my mother but after flicking through it a couple of times (and salivating over the photos quite a lot) i decided to try out a few recipes. I was not disappointed, they're easy to follow, full of funny anecdotes and the results are not just edible (which is definitely saying something considering how badly I cook) but rather delicious!

I'm lucky enough to have visited both of their shops in London and am now content that I can recreate a small part of that at home!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 1 Oct 2009
By milly
Lovely looking book with great pictures. Even if you don't make anything it's still a great book for eye candy. The instructions are clear and there is hints and tips with a lot of the recipes. At the beginning there is a helpful section on storing the sweets and a list of stockists at the back. I have already bookmarked a few recipes to try soon (coconut ice and syrup sponge nuggets...yum) and then plan my gifts for xmas. Great book to give as a gift.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Original 13 Oct 2009
By emilyw
I'm probably not the only person who does this, but I do like to read recipe books, just purely for the pleasure of reading them as much as to choose which recipes I'm going to try first - and this one is definitely the funniest I've come across yet! It's clearly a serious recipe book too though, from someone who really knows their confectionary (the owners of the lovely Hope & Greenwood old fashioned sweet shops). There's a great range of recipes, from simple chocolate truffles and classic creamy caramels to spicy chilli and lime flavoured chocolate shards, garden mint `peas' and unicorn mallowpops - perfect for presents or an unusual end to a dinner party. A beautiful book, full of gorgeous photos of tempting treats, this gets a big thumbs up from me.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breath of sweet air 23 Oct 2009
By P. Mann
I love the feel of this book - it completely manages to walk the fine line between quirky and over-the-top, while giving some amazing recipes for us to enjoy. I am not ashamed to say that many friends and family will be receiving this on Christmas day! Plus, being a bit of a tv chef connoisseur, I also think Miss Hope and Mr Greenwood would be great on TV, a breath of pepperminty fresh air after all the Masterchef craziness...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small pleasures, who would deny us these? 19 Oct 2009
By DubGirl
I stumbled across Hope & Greenwood's glorious shop of goodies on my way to see Oliver! at Drury Lane and I quickly loaded up on all the sweets and treats of yesteryear. What an added pleasure this witty book is! Lushly illustrated throughout and featuring an array of scrumptious recipes, it has made my life sweet indeed. Please sir, I want some more!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book, shame about the printing error 13 Oct 2009
I would have given this book a full five stars had it not had a printing error on the page for 'Fluffy Vanilla Marshmallows', which doesn't list all the ingredients. It's not too difficult to follow the recipe for another marshmallow recipe to make this up, but it's still quite a big error. I've made five of these recipes since buying the book (a recommendation in itself!) and I was very pleased with the results of everything except the cinder toffee, which calls for vinegar and honey, both of which taste very strong in the finished product and wasn't really what I was hoping for. The rest produced excellent results, the best being vanilla fudge. Although, I have found that the waiting and mixing times for the recipes - such as how long the mixture should take to get up to a certain temperature, or how long you should whip marshmallows, seems a lot longer than necessary.
Other than these complaints, the book is delightful - fun, witty, mouthwatering and all round beautiful to behold. Despite contacting the publishers about the recipe problem I've had no response, but I assume future printings of this book will correct the problems.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointed 21 Dec 2010
Loved the book but really disappointed in the rose and violet cream recipe, have a friend who adores these and thought this recipe would be close to the Prestat version. Wrong assumption, have now wasted 2 boxes of icing sugar and have yet to end up with any thing that vaguely resembles pizza dough let alone that can be kneaded on a work surface - recipe is definitely not correct.

Now off to desticky my work surface again before heading off to prestat and buying something that works.........
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed al all 19 Dec 2013
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Given this a 1 star because I have to but would rather give it no stars. I have tried a number of recipes from this book and have wasted a lot of ingredients. I though first that it was me but have messed around with quantities, timings etc and used other books and have had better luck. I am seriously unimpressed with this book and it has now gone the same way as the wasted ingredients-in the bin.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Life is very sweet
If you are looking for a nice book to inspire you for making sweet treats and candy I recommend this book. Beautiful recipes and photography. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Juko
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy, straighforward recipes
Unlike the Liddabit's Sweets and Candy Cookbook which I also bought at the same time, there aren't really... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Oscarina
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I am very pleased with this purchase. Full of lovely recipes only problem is where to start!
I would recommend this book and think it would also make an ideal gift for the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Rocky
1.0 out of 5 stars All style, no substance
I was really looking forward to making some of these sweets for a charity stall, but nearly every recipe I tried failed. Read more
Published 23 months ago by jmai
1.0 out of 5 stars Cute looking but recipes not well tested
This book looks great and is fun to read but I have tried a couple of recipes now and they have not turned out well. Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2011 by Smally
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING - and the author is lovely - I want her to be my mum!
Such a fabulous book and Miss Hope is on twitter and a well worth a follow -I bought this book as a gift and it isn't going anywhere!! Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2011 by Natascha McI-H
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
Love this book and will enjoy using it. The book has all the English charm. Miss Hope has the wired and funny sense of humour. Read more
Published on 31 May 2011 by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
OMG. Fabulous book. We tried the raspberry marshmallow and cinder toffee. It was fantastic and I am never buying rubbery jaw droppingly sweet marshmallow ever again! Read more
Published on 29 May 2011 by Nikki
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much quirky, not enough description
I'm now scared to try any more recipes from this book than I've already attempted, as they failed so miserably. Read more
Published on 12 April 2011 by J. Marriott
4.0 out of 5 stars mmmmmmmmmmmm............
Have only made the creamy honey and ginger fudge, and it was a definite hit with my boys. Can't wait to try out some of the other recipes.
Published on 31 Mar 2011 by Mrsfitz
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