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Candy Is Magic: Real Ingredients, Modern Recipes by [Curl, Jami]
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Sweet rewards made with all-natural ingredients make Candy Is Magic shine. With Jami Curl's clear, easy-to-follow instructions, you'll be making lickable lollypops, chewy caramels, pillowy marshmallows, and fruity gumdrops to the delight of your family and friends. And believe me, if you offer up treats like these, you'll soon have more friends than you know what to do with!
DAVID LEBOVITZ, author of My Paris Kitchen

"We love Quin Candy in the Jeni's kitchen!We crush the hard candies and twirl the shards into our ice cream or sprinkle on top.Jami'sbrilliant, creative recipes turn outmagicalconfections as great as your favorite candy growing up, and yet better and more fun than it everwas."
JENI BRITTON BAUER, author of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home and Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts
"An eye-dazzling mix of basic cooking/chemistry lessons and a luxury coffee table topper studded with saturated images that recall geological surveys and precious stones. [...]Candy Is Magicis designed to kickstart creativity on every page;a torrent of recipes and ideas building and building to a crescendo of sugar fever all delivered in Curl s clear, detailed, relentlessly cheerful tone."
KELLY CLARKE, Portland Montly"

-Sweet rewards made with all-natural ingredients make Candy Is Magic shine. With Jami Curl's clear, easy-to-follow instructions, you'll be making lickable lollypops, chewy caramels, pillowy marshmallows, and fruity gumdrops to the delight of your family and friends. And believe me, if you offer up treats like these, you'll soon have more friends than you know what to do with!-
--DAVID LEBOVITZ, author of My Paris Kitchen

-We love Quin Candy in the Jeni's kitchen! We crush the hard candies and twirl the shards into our ice cream or sprinkle on top. Jami's brilliant, creative recipes turn out magical confections -- as great as your favorite candy growing up, and yet better and more fun than it ever was.-
--JENI BRITTON BAUER, author of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home and Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts
-An eye-dazzling mix of basic cooking/chemistry lessons and a luxury coffee table topper studded with saturated images that recall geological surveys and precious stones. [...] Candy Is Magic is designed to kickstart creativity on every page; a torrent of recipes and ideas building and building to a crescendo of sugar fever all delivered in Curl's clear, detailed, relentlessly cheerful tone.-
--KELLY CLARKE, Portland Montly
-Curl's enthusiasm for her craft makes this cookbook a pleasure to read; she is the ideal coach for would-be candy makers.-
--Publsihers Weekly


"Sweet rewards made with all-natural ingredients make Candy Is Magic shine. With Jami Curl's clear, easy-to-follow instructions, you'll be making lickable lollypops, chewy caramels, pillowy marshmallows, and fruity gumdrops to the delight of your family and friends. And believe me, if you offer up treats like these, you'll soon have more friends than you know what to do with!"
--DAVID LEBOVITZ, author of My Paris Kitchen

"We love Quin Candy in the Jeni's kitchen! We crush the hard candies and twirl the shards into our ice cream or sprinkle on top. Jami's brilliant, creative recipes turn out magical confections -- as great as your favorite candy growing up, and yet better and more fun than it ever was."
--JENI BRITTON BAUER, author of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home and Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts
"An eye-dazzling mix of basic cooking/chemistry lessons and a luxury coffee table topper studded with saturated images that recall geological surveys and precious stones. [...] Candy Is Magic is designed to kickstart creativity on every page; a torrent of recipes and ideas building and building to a crescendo of sugar fever all delivered in Curl's clear, detailed, relentlessly cheerful tone."
--KELLY CLARKE, Portland Montly
"Curl's enthusiasm for her craft makes this cookbook a pleasure to read; she is the ideal coach for would-be candy makers."
--Publsihers Weekly

"Curl's fearless approach is punctuated by the fact that all her recipes begin in her home kitchen. This means these are no large-scale recipes trimmed down (often with questionable results) for the home cook."
--ERIN PRIDE-SWANEY, Everett Herald

About the Author

Jami Curl is the founder of QUIN - a small batch, handmade candy company headquartered in Portland, OR. She was recently named one of Fast Company's 100 most creative people in food, and Bon Appteit dubbed her "the new Willy Wonka." Jami's work has also been featured in Food + Wine, Gourmet, Good Housekeeping, Real Simple, Martha Stewart, Martha Stewart Weddings, Sunset, O Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and many more.

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  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (18 April 2017)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01HA4LEYE
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Format: Kindle Edition
Candy Is Magic, Real Ingredients - Modern Recipes,  Jami Curl

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre:   food and wine, cooking. 

I love my kindle but there are some books, non fiction mostly, that I feel are better in print and this is one of them.
I read it on my kindle fire, at least there I can appreciate the stunning colour photos. and drool at the wonderful confects created.

When my kids were young I used to make toffee, mainly for toffee apples and millionaire's shortbread, something they all loved. ( And probably with a million calories in, though very delicious...)
Of course I burned it a few times, soon learned that soaking burned pans lifted off the burnt sugar in time, but the results of my experiments were always a bit hit and miss.
I didn’t have kitchen scales or a thermometer, used to use the cold water cracking method of timing, which isn’t accurate...somehow having several bad batches put me off and I stopped.
Reading this book though gives me the enthusiasm to restart, make some for Xmas gifts and birthdays, and just for fun.

The recipes are clearly set out and very well devised, so that the amateur cook can follow using the recommended tools.
There isn’t a need to buy too much, scales and thermometer seem to be the basic must haves, with other things recommended but not essential. The recipes don’t have 101 hard-to-find ingredients. That is so off putting when something you want to make has ingredients you just can’t find, or have to buy a huge pack to get the few grams needed for a few lollies or toffees.
The combinations used for flavouring sound delicious, and will also spur the reader on to their own ideas.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ingredient cost and accessibility somewhat off-putting 27 April 2017
By Anonymous - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Having been to Quin Candy many times -- I try to pop in when I'm in Portland as often as I can -- I was excited to see the owner was putting out a book. After having looked through the book I have to say that I was somewhat disappointed by the content and, more specifically, the ingredients she chose to use. I love that Ms. Curl uses fruits and natural ingredients where possible and commend that aspect of this book. Many of the main ingredients used in these recipes, largely the silver leaf gelatin and glucose, are ingredients that aren't easily sourced for the general consumer. Sure, I can get online and order these items, wait at least two days for them to arrive then get to make candy . . . but most of us don't want to wait so making a recipes from this book requires some serious planning ahead to ensure you have the items on hand in your pantry. Not only are these items not so easy to source but they are also expensive and for folks who aren't so comfortable making candy, investing close to $10 for the gelatin alone in just one recipe is something to consider. The sections on 'magic dust' and 'ice creams' were entirely unappealing to me; the author only provides a few uses for these 'magic dusts' yet dedicates a larger section to them in the book, for me they seem almost pointless. The ice cream section was, frankly, an insult to ice cream; putting sweetened cream into an ice cream maker and freezing it isn't ice cream, it's frozen cream. Her flavor infusions for creams are creative and would work great as bases for caramels and some other confections but just freezing cream? Why bother? As a professionally-trained pastry chef writing this, I found the recipes to mostly be written simply but also assuming a level of comfort and knowledge in the kitchen that new candy makers might not be so comfortable with. I sat on this book for a while, thumbing through it and debating internally whether I wanted to keep it or return it . . . I have decided to return it largely due to the accessibility and cost of the ingredients to make most of these candies.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an inspiring book, to create sweets to satisfy cravings without filling your body with preservatives and artificial flavours 19 April 2017
By Jeannie Zelos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Candy Is Magic, Real Ingredients - Modern Recipes,  Jami Curl

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre:   food and wine, cooking. 

I love my kindle but there are some books, non fiction mostly, that I feel are better in print and this is one of them.
I read it on my kindle fire, at least there I can appreciate the stunning colour photos. and drool at the wonderful confects created.

When my kids were young I used to make toffee, mainly for toffee apples and millionaire's shortbread, something they all loved. ( And probably with a million calories in, though very delicious...)
Of course I burned it a few times, soon learned that soaking burned pans lifted off the burnt sugar in time, but the results of my experiments were always a bit hit and miss.
I didn’t have kitchen scales or a thermometer, used to use the cold water cracking method of timing, which isn’t accurate...somehow having several bad batches put me off and I stopped.
Reading this book though gives me the enthusiasm to restart, make some for Xmas gifts and birthdays, and just for fun.

The recipes are clearly set out and very well devised, so that the amateur cook can follow using the recommended tools.
There isn’t a need to buy too much, scales and thermometer seem to be the basic must haves, with other things recommended but not essential. The recipes don’t have 101 hard-to-find ingredients. That is so off putting when something you want to make has ingredients you just can’t find, or have to buy a huge pack to get the few grams needed for a few lollies or toffees.
The combinations used for flavouring sound delicious, and will also spur the reader on to their own ideas.
The sky really is the limit when it comes to flavours, some you’ll like and some will get a pass...but all will be perfect if you follow the easy steps laid out here.

I want to get back into toffee making, know now why my attempts at fudge went wrong, and the lollipops, those clear ones with little seeds etc in for decoration, I really want to try those. Maybe some candy canes for the tree at xmas too. I love all things glitter and metallic so I thought I could add some edible gold leaf or some gold dust to the clear lollies and have a bit of edible glitz for xmas.

Stars: Five, an inspiring book, to create sweets to satisfy cravings without filling your body with preservatives and artificial flavours.

ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An amazing, comprehensive and totally inspiring cook book that truly lives up to its title. 25 April 2017
By Janis - Eclectic Mumma - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
New disclaimer due to new Amazon rules: I was gifted a free electronic copy of this book, via Netgalley, by the publisher. I am not obligated, nor being forced, to post a review – I’m doing it of my own free will as I enjoy reviewing.

On advice from Amazon, and based on their emailed reply I can say – “My review is given voluntarily and the Author/publisher does not require a review in exchange for the book, or attempt to influence my review.”

I would like to thank Ten Speed Press for providing me with a free electronic ARC of this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for an open and honest review.

Holy Cow! Now I am a dyed in the wool sweet tooth and chocoholic – despite my whole foods and healthy foods life. And so I simply had to get a chance to read and review ‘Candy is Magic’ – and the book lived up to its title!

What an amazingly thorough and comprehensive book on how to not just make candy in its various sorts and sizes, but it covered all the essential basics about how to prep and create the flavour backgrounds and other ingredients needed to make the divine looking titbits shown within its pages.

Now did any of that make sense? I hope so, but I do almost feel like I’ve gotten a sugar rush just from reading ‘Candy is Magic’ and seriously have no regrets! There was a lot of moaning and groaning and “oh my god I can make that?!” exclamations made as I worked my way through.

I also feel that this book has given me an even greater respect for our chocolate and confectionary artisans. I honestly feel they don’t get enough credit for the time, dedication and creativity that goes into making proper, from scratch confectionary delights. I mean, I am not someone who will never buy cheap sweets over quality sweets… but there are some out there who go a bit silly when being asked to pay a couple of bucks for one item. If they bothered to read such books as ‘Candy is Magic’ I would like to hope they would realise why that one piece costs so much and that they savour every delicious mouthful! I know I do when I get to visit my favourite artisan chocolatiers and confectioners. ;-)

Though saying all that, I do wonder if I am cut out for this level of confectionary making as, quite honestly, there is a lot of dedication and creativity needed and I do wonder if my skills are ready to be stretched that far. Heck, I’m still mastering a toffee glaze compote and raw chocolate… I might not be ready for the hard core candy making as shown in this amazing book.

Okay, as it’s a non-fiction book, time for my formatting feedback… It’s a Ten Speed Press book so, yeah, nothing to fault! Their images, their page layouts, their overall formatting – easy on the eye, easy to follow, sublime. Can you tell this is something I have come to expect from anything produced by Ten Speed Press? ;-)

Would I recommend this book to others?

Well, I would… though I really don’t know anyone at the skill or dedication level who would want to take this sort of confectionary work on. I mean, don’t get me wrong, it is an amazing book and the recipes are something people of various skill levels could do… I just don’t know if I know anyone this dedicated to candy. Fruit leather, raw chocolate and refined sugar free treats is more the sort of thing my peers are into and so it is a book I would recommend as it teaches you how to make your own natural and yummy treats… but I honestly don’t know how many of my friends would then race out and buy it.

Would I buy this book for myself?

I would… but I would then feel guilty as I don’t know when I would have the time and space in my chunky old avocado green 1980’s kitchen to have a go at making some of the things. I mean, if I am going to serve candy/confectionary to friends and family I would honestly much rather serve things like the recipes within ‘Candy is Magic’… but whether I would actually use it often enough to justify owning it? That I can’t answer.

Maybe if it was an e-Book I could hide it on my tablet for those rainy days when I want to melt sugar and have some fun. ;-)

In summary: An amazing, comprehensive and totally inspiring cook book that truly lives up to its title.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars and sweet drinks). Even within the many recipes 23 April 2017
By Kristine Fisher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Candy is Magic: Real Ingredients, Modern Recipes by Jami Curl is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early February.

Quite fancy and made bright with modern/contemporary, pastel, fluorescently-lit candy pics, Candy is Magic features Curl's personal stories, measurement & temperature rules, then recipes for lollipops, caramels, chews, marshmallows, gumdrops and much, much more (like ice cream, cake favors, sauces, and sweet drinks). Even within the many recipes, Curl's narrative voice is clear, encouraging (which is perfect, because the thought of a boiling saucepan of sugar lava frightens me), creative, and never once condescending or above-it-all.
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