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Sweet Things: chocolate, candies, caramels & marshmallows - to make & give [Hardcover]

Annie Rigg
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Book Description

12 Sep 2013
From traditional toffee, fluffy clouds of marshmallow and creamy maple and pecan fudge to sherbet with lolly dippers, the recipes in Sweet Things are the stuff of childhood dreams. Soft, delicately flavoured nougat bars, topped with vanilla caramel and covered in chocolate are just big enough for three or four (big) bites and far surpass the shop-bought equivalent. Crisp butterscotch popcorn with just a hint of sea salt is the perfect adult indulgence, a box of Praline Hearts makes a delightful Valentine's Day gift and chocolatedipped honeycomb is tailor-made for Father's Day. The recipes come with failsafe instructions that will ensure success every time, even for novice confectioners, plus creative packaging ideas, making this the ideal book whether you want an imaginative present for someone special or merely to treat yourself.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Books (12 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857831801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857831804
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 19 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Annie Rigg is an experienced freelance food stylist and writer. She has worked on numerous books and best-selling magazines, such as Sainsbury's Magazine, Olive, Delicious, Country Living and Good Food Magazine. She has worked with a number of top chefs, and used to cook for world-famous singers and bands on tour, including Tom Jones, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd and The Rolling Stones. Amongst her titles is 'Gifts from the Kitchen' published in 2010.

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'They are the sort of sweets you imagine to be the preserve of high priced chocolatiers and delis, but the genius of this book is that it makes them all seem achievable at home without any specialised equipment other than a sugar thermometer and a chocolater thermometer.' John Koski, Daily Mail 'Annie Rigg is a food stylist as well as a writer, and it certainly shows in the gorgeous photography here. The dishes come with fail-safe instructions that will ensure success every time, even for novice confectioners, plus creative packaging ideas, making this a great buy whether you want an imaginative present for someone special or merely to treat yourself.' Great British Food Thoroughly modern[...] the ideas cover everything from caramel made with goats' or coconut milk to fruit pastilles and Turkish delight flavoured with pomegranate and blood orange. I tried the maple pecan fudge and, having foolishly overcooked it the first time, had a successful batch with enough to give as a present and keep to eat. The honeycomb, crystal candy stick and peanut butter cup recipes are all winners too, and with tips on packaging the finished articles, Rigg has sweets all wrapped up.' --Emma Sturgess, The Metro

About the Author

Annie Rigg is the author of Gifts from the Kitchen (Kyle Books 2010). A much in-demand food stylist, she has worked for Sainsbury's Magazine, Olive, Delicious, Country Living and Good Food Magazine as well as a number of top chefs.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps not a good book for beginners 6 April 2014
Format:Hardcover
Prior to receiving this book as a gift my only sweet making experience was marshmallows and bonfire toffee. So it was with great excitement that I first looked through this book with it's gorgeous photos and layout and delicious-sounding recipes.

I have now made several of the recipes and have found this book to be rather disappointing. The gingerbread marshmallows turned out great and were much loved by everyone who had them. The fig, pistachio and honey balls worked out well, too (although I suspect this is due to the fact that it's basically a lot of ingredients mixed in a food processor...not a lot of room for error), but apart from those I've had nothing but problems.

The peppermint creams were my first attempt at one of the recipes, and although they were edible, the mixture wasn't as stiff as it should have been, despite following the recipe exactly. That's ok, I thought, it's because I'm a beginner. On to the fruit roll-ups - at one stage she describes having to cook the mixture until it is 'a loose jam consistency'. What does this even mean? I MAKE jam and I had no idea what 'loose jam consistency' is! The finished product was unuseable and had to be thrown away. Yesterday I attempted the turkish delight; I followed the recipe exactly, although again there was a bit of vagueness with the texture being described as that of 'softly whipped cream'. Today I am left with a gloopy mass of flavoured stickyness which has had to be thrown away.

I can't believe that all of this is just beginner's bad luck - her recipes are well laid out and seemingly easy to follow, but I find her vagueness at crucial points to be very hard to follow. 'Cook at a low-to-medium heat' - but is the mixture meant to be bubbling? Barely simmering?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 11 Oct 2013
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I have searched for a good book which includes making a range of sweets - so many of the books stick to chocolates and toffee, with the token sweet - not this book - it has lots of lovely recipes for sweets that you wouldn't believe you could make at home. The recipes are easy to follow, the ingredients are easy to find, there are lovely pictures, and the results are so tasty. I bought this book as a gift for someone - but I can't give it - I want it too much myself! So I'm going to have to buy another! Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for home made Christmas gifts 8 Nov 2013
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Lots of wonderful ideas for home made chocolates and sweets with recipes which are easy to follow. Wonderful illustrations. The only difficulty is choosing which to make next!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great range 19 Oct 2013
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I am so excited about this book, it arrived this morning and I couldnt decide which recipe to try first, i settled on the turkish delight,it worked beautifully. The most impressive thing about this book is the range of sweets to make, a good range of inventive truffles, marshmallows, pastiles, fudges, lollipops, brittles, noughat, and plenty more. I have a lot of cookbooks and i wont hesitate to reccomend this one. Will update this review when i have tried more recipes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 3 Feb 2014
By Sue C. VINE VOICE
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I have always been a fan of Annie Rigg's books because her recipes work. This is another great book full of super recipes for very tempting sweets. The recipes are quite sophisticated and therefore, this is really a book for adults, but within the grasp of an averagely competent cook. The orangettes turned out very well and were much appreciated, as was the nougat (more difficult to make, but so much cheaper than buying it!). Looking forward to working my way through the recipes.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book but not comprehensive enough 23 Oct 2013
By L
Format:Hardcover
I was really excited about this book arriving and it has been lovely to spend the evening drinking coffee and deciding what to make first. There is a great range of different things to try and lots of recipes for things like nougat, marshmallow and toffee caramels that I would never have thought to try before.

However I'm disappointed about the lack of background information on some the techniques needed. There is a lovely chocolate section however info on how to temper the chocolate correctly to get professional results is added as a footnote to one of the recipes half way through the section. And due to the recipe it's attached to it only includes temperatures for dark chocolate. Ina book about making sweets I thought this would be described in depth. Whilst I'm sure this information isn't difficult to find out, it's a shame it's not included.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Book 4 Jun 2014
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A lovely, well presented little book with lots of inspirational ideas for home made gifts for friends and family - or to make for the village fete.
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5.0 out of 5 stars sweet thing's 10 May 2014
By Susan
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Bought this for a friend's birthday present, and had a quick look first, was tempted to keep it because it looked really good with lots of must do recipes, my friend loved it too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
great book!! I really love that the recipes are easy to follow and there are pictures showing most of the sweets, so you know what to aim for. Read more
Published 9 days ago by mouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Great homemade gift ideas
A really great mixture of confectionery favorites. Great gift ideas.
Published 19 days ago by Florence
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Looking forward to trying some recipes
Published 19 days ago by toni
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book, i look forward to making lots of these.
Published 29 days ago by Adam Woodhouse
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book
Published 1 month ago by pudseycarol
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab book for a sweet tooth
I love this book. It's nicely presented and looks easy to follow. I'm dying to try out some of the recipes - just need to finish my new year diet! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Helen Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Pictures
Lovely book to look at, however, the sweets are very time consuming and expensive to make. Fortunately, I do a lot of cooking so after several unsuccessful attempts making caramel... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Deborah
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty book
with lovely indulgent sweet things to make. The recipes are good and the pictures inspiring. All the recipes I have tried so far work
Published 6 months ago by Jacdotbee
5.0 out of 5 stars Could look at this all day!
I love looking at this book. The pictures are great and the recipes are clear and set out step by step. I have made sweets before so this book is a welcome addition. Read more
Published 6 months ago by JD
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