Sweet Invention: A History of Dessert
From the sacred fudge served to India's gods to the ephemeral baklava of Istanbul's harems, the towering sugar creations of Renaissance Italy, and the exotically scented macarons of twenty-first century Paris, the world's confectionary arts have not only mirrored social, technological, and political revolutions, they have also, in many ways, been in their vanguard. Sweet Invention: A History of Dessert captures the stories of sweet makers past and present from India, the Middle East, Italy, France, Vienna, and the United States, as author Michael Krondl meets with confectioners around the globe, savoring and exploring the dessert icons of each tradition. Readers will be tantalized by the rich history of each region's unforgettable desserts and tempted to try their own hand at a time-honored recipe. A fascinating and rewarding read for any lover of sugar, butter, and cream, Sweet Invention embraces the pleasures of dessert while unveiling the secular, metaphysical, and even sexual uses that societies have found for it.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - lindapanzo - LibraryThing
I love cultural histories of various foods and so, when I saw this, I thought "desserts, what's not to like?" I can't quite pinpoint why but I never could get into this title. Not bad but not great either. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - mstrust - LibraryThing
Beginning thousands of years ago with the sweet milk and cheese treats of India and coming up to the current trendy cupcakes, this seems to cover every bit of information concerning baked goods from ... Read full review