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Fantastic addition to my collection
on October 3, 2012
I've been anticipating getting this book for a little while - so when it arrived yesterday, I was pretty thrilled (and no, not just because my UPS guy is pretty cute).
This candy cookbook makes sense - it doesn't just explain the "how" of making candy, it explains the "why" of making candy. For example - unlike other cookbooks that I own, that give a couple of sentences to tempering chocolate, this one gives over ten pages. And, it's complete with color glossy photos of how the chocolate should and should not look. There are another ten pages about how to cook sugar to it's different stages - and again, the pictures and exact descriptions are great. I also love that when a recipe tells you to bring something to a certain stage, it also tells you about how long it should take so that you can adjust your heat accordingly - this is a great detail.
Chapters are broken up by types of candy, like chocolates, creamy, crispety crunchety, and bar candies. There's also a helpful chart at the beginning that tells you which candies are vegan, gluten-free, dairy free, as well as which are great to gift, easy to ship, or good to make with kids. Also, if a recipe calls for an ingredient or a tool that's out of the ordinary, there's always a reference to where you can purchase it.
This is exactly what I wanted in a cookbook. It really emphasizes that cooking and candy-making should be fun, and that you're going to end up with a product that's so much better than anything that's mass produced. I look forward to making these recipes, and staining the book with chocolate, sugar syrup, and nougat.