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Sugar-plums and Sherbet: The Prehistory of Sweets [Paperback]

Laura Mason
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1 Aug 2003
Those who delight in food history will enjoy this book on the development of recipes for sweets in England beginning in the 17th century. Mason tracks down the meaning, traditions, technology, and method for such now lost favorites as confit, sherbet, seaside rock, and humbugs, among others, and inc

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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Prospect Books; New edition edition (1 Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903018285
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903018286
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 15.4 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 617,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Combining a rare and felicitous blend of rigorous scholarship, social history and unashamed nostalgia...a book which will delight everyone. -- The Times, July 16 1998

Good things are here: a rich flavour of the past mixed with sound advice from an experienced sweet-maker. -- Glasgow Herald, June 4 1998

This is a fascinating book full of off-beat information. -- Saga Magazine, September 1998

With careful attention to detail, she has produced an erudite and fascinating publication which maintains Prospect Books' reputation as publisher of first-rate works on the history of food. -- Oxford Times, September 1998 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A delight to dip into again and again 14 May 2014
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A superb account of the history of all things sweet and confected. Contains some super recipes at the back and illustrations of sweets in old prints that I found inspirational - for example how candied fruits were hung in windows and the tiny glass cups ice creams were served in. I think anyone who has ever been a child would enjoy this nostalgic trip into the land of gobstoppers, 'Spanish', sherbert and so on, along with an intelligent historical commentary. A huge resource I turned to again and again when writing An Appetite for Violets.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disjointed 21 Dec 2011
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I liked that the author separated sugar types by topics. However I found the chronological ordering within each chapter to be a bit confusing. The author seemed to jump back and forth in the time line in several chapters, stringing together unlikely groupings of subtopics. I was hoping for more historical accounting and recipes. I would say this is a good primer for an introduction to sweets, but is not very in depth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fascinating 31 Mar 2005
By Chef Leo - Published on Amazon.com
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Sugar-Plums and Sherbet is not a quick read, but it's a fascinating one. The author goes into the history, chemistry, and early manufacture of sugar candies in Britain, and even includes a few recipes for unusual treats. This book is full of facts you probably never knew. (For example: Sugar was considered a medicine when it first arrived in Britain. Or: some people boycotted sugar when slave labor was used to produce it.)

Anyone who is interested in food history will love this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great research1 29 Feb 2012
By Darci Noelle Maurer - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this book. It has great research and insight into candy making along with original references for recipes and the modern translations for tying them out. Definitely worth the buy if you like sweets!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars sugar history not short and sweet 23 Dec 2011
By Carl W. Sedon - Published on Amazon.com
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This is for anyone who is interested in how we got from there to here; in other words the history contianed in this beautiful book is still connected to our current consumption of sweets and our not-too-distant-memory of the neighborhood candy store and variety store. A wonderful journey back in time that of course does mention R. Dahl and the Willi Wonka era. a must read for cooks, writers, artists; in fact anyone not interested in the homogenized, mundane or commonplace. buy this and you will be amused. entertained and enlightened.
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