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Sweet Tooth: The Bittersweet History of Candy Hardcover – May 22, 2012
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"100 Million Years of Food" by Stephen Le
A fascinating tour through the evolution of the human diet, and how we can improve our health by understanding our complicated history with food. Learn more
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“Kate Hopkins is excellent company – witty, self-deprecating and intensely curious – as she travels through Europe and the United States in search of the story of candy. Packed with nuggets of fascinating history, it is also a gentle chew on the nature of growing up and a search for her eleven-year-old self, who equated sugar with love and lived for the innocent pleasure of a sweet treat. Hopkins is not afraid to address the darker side of sugar's history, nor the bland hegemony and cynical marketing of today's mega-corporations – Cadbury World in England is like ‘an ecstasy trip gone horribly wrong' - but she is still at heart unashamedly and infectiously in love with candy.” ―Matthew Parker, author of The Sugar Barons and Panama Fever
“Kate Hopkins's scrumptious first-person account of her pilgrimage to resolve a midlife crisis by replicating her childhood candy consumption is served alongside her research into the surprising and often bitter history of candy. Hopkins's post-journey epiphany: Adulthood is when one has the money but has lost the desire to buy every candy in the shop. Sweet Tooth is illustrated throughout with Kate's Candy Bag sidebars, which describe and rate other treats against York Peppermint Patties: for example 1 York Peppermint Patty is equal to 1 Cadbury Egg but 1,645 black licorice jelly beans. Sweet Tooth indeed!” ―Elizabeth Abbott, author of Sugar: A Bittersweet History
“A pleasing chronology of candy through the ages.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“The author's track record as a stand-up comedian serves her well, producing good-humored, but never flip, comments.” ―Booklist
“The worldwide tour is great fun, and it is a delight to read her funny, self-deprecating reports. You can read her book, learn some important world history, and wonder at some very fancy or very plain candies. You won't risk a single cavity or gain a pound, unless (and this is a true risk) you find Hopkins's enthusiasm contagious.” ―The Columbus Dispatch
About the Author
Kate Hopkins's food blog The Accidental Hedonist has been named one of Time Magazine's 50 Coolest Websites. She is the author of 99 Drams of Whiskey and lives in Seattle, Washington.
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The ancient Egyptians may have combined nuts or seeds with honey, but there is no evidence of sugar making until around 500 AD. Naturally, the history of candy is closely linked to the history of sugar, and Hopkins does not skip reflections on the darkest part of this history, slavery. Not only was there a slave problem centuries ago, but we continue the problem today with that other irresistible treat, chocolate.Read more ›
All in all unless you know almost nothing about the way candy ( mostly chocolate and old fashioned candy, little mention was made of modern sugar candies like sours, Skittles, Nerds, Etc other than gummi bears) was made and is made today i dont think this book will prove overly enlightning.