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About the Author

Anita Chu is a graduate of Tante Marie’s Professional Pastry program, a former baker for Bittersweet Chocolate Café, and the author of Field Guide to Cookies. She channels her love of sweets, writing, and photography into her award-winning Web site, Dessert First. She lives in San Francisco.
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Product Details

  • Series: Field Guide
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books; Gift edition (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159474419X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594744198
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,351,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. Cottrell on December 6, 2009
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i was fooled by the great name and lovely cover of this book. sadly, it could be ok as a novelty gift, but it's not much use as a cookbook.

first, the recipes aren't very good. i'm a hobbyist candy maker- not a pro, but i know caramel from brittle. the recipes in this book are poorly explained, and either overly complicated, or completely improbable, or both.

second, most of the book is filler (for example, the recipe for gummie bears is EXACTLY the same as the recipe for gummie worms, except the portions are double- why write out the entire recipe again?!). it is full of random thoughts and ideas that any decent editor should have cut out. how many times does a candy cookbook need to suggest that candy makes a nice gift? (certainly not every other recipe!)

lastly, the size, layout and formatting of the book make it impossible to use as an actual cookbook. it is certainly not a book you can have open on the counter while you cook. the inside pictures are small, not very appealing, and several of them seem unlikely to be homemade candy, plus they are all together in the photo section, not adjacent to the recipes.

the tidbits of history were interesting for several of the candies, but forced for others (why are you taking up space in my cookbook to speculate about where or when something MIGHT have been created?!), and certainly not worth the price of admission.
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I do a lot of cooking and baking for my family and friends so I tried a few of the recipes in this book and they really didn't work. Don't waste your time.
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I bought this book before Christmas and made several recipes as gifts. I found mistakes in at least two of the recipes. One is on page 254. It should say in #2 "combine the butter,,,". On page 216, it tells us to add vanilla in #2 and #4. What about editors? Did anyone check these things? Mistakes in half the recipes I try?????
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I enjoyed this book because of its compact size and coverage of candy. It does have quiet a few things and the recipes work. All the images are in the center of the book and it makes it easy to associate each candy with its instructions as they are labeled.
I would like to mention that the one thing that bothered me was with the Carmel. It said add two different kinds of sugar, but it only called for one, so I feel like something is missing from it. I did look at the other Carmel recipes in the book and sort of even out what it was asking for.
All in all this is a good book and the candy tastes great!
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I love eating candy... As much as I do making it! If you are the kind of person who enjoys creating things (and I bet you are, since you are looking at this book), then you will enjoy making your own sugary confections found in this book. The only but I have is the size of it. It's such a tiny book that you need to transcribe your recipe, because the book itself won't keep opened next to your usual place for putting books on the kitchen counter! (What? You don't have one of those? Uh? Is it only me, then?)
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I have checked out many books from the library on candy making, and most have been a disappointment. Here is a little book that is crammed with every kind of candy recipe you want...not just chocolates. It's a great reference. Every accomplished cook/baker will want this in his/her library.
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By GATUPR on December 18, 2012
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This book is really tiny but it does have a lot of pages. Not a lot of pictures but the steps are easy to follow.
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