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Field Guide to Candy by Anita Chu
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Jul 16, 2010

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Really good design on this book, like noticeably so. Excellent layout, good use of space, just generally pleasant to flip through and easy on the eyes. Good fonts too. (Why is it that in some books they tell you what font was used and others they don't? I always look for this info; I wish it was standard.)

The book is a fairly comprehensive collection of recipes for candies. It is generally lucid and informative, although I wish it were a bit clearer on some topics. e.g. what's the difference between toffee and caramel and nougat?

candy-related concepts with which I was previously unfamiliar:

the 'cold water test' for cooking sugar syrup, and six stages therein
tempering chocolate
chocolate 'seizing'

nougat is sugar + egg whites, aerated
american candy bar nougat is different
agar for gummies comes from seaweed
candy canes come from church (like a shepard's canes)
sugarplums were candied nuts

It's all pretty interesting

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