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Holiday Gift Idea - Field Guide to Candy Book

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 Posted by Rita A

Here is a very informative and useful book Field Guide to Candy by Anita Chu. This little book is perfect for any candy fanatic. It is a recipe book and reference book on how to identify and make virtually every candy imaginable. Candies from around the world are included. There are over 100 recipes and variations on candy classics. Lollipops, truffles, jellies, caramels, marshmallows and many more. There is history of candy, tips on candy making and serving suggestions. The book is broken down into chapters of All Things Chocolate, Fruits and Jellies, Sugary Sweet, Creamy, Sticky, Chewy, Nutty, Fun and Simple Classics plus indexes with more information.

What a fun book to browse through. I love the size of it. It measures 6" x 4.5", just like a field guide. Most of the pages are black and white text with a color photo of every recipe in the middle of the book. There are descriptions and history before each recipe type along with candy making notes available to help with the process. Oh the recipes are scrumptious. White Chocolate Lemon Truffles oh my. Gumdrops, gummy bears and gummy worms. Licorice, lemon drops, butter mints and lots of fudge recipes. Something for every sweet tooth. Although I love the size of the book, it is cute and fun like a field guide, it is also my only complaint. The pages are so small that the recipes are spread over a few pages, making it easy to lose your place. My book will not stay open to the page I want, it keeps closing, I had to weigh it down. I love the information, the recipes and dealing with the size is not a deterrent to using this gem of a cookbook.

The author Anita Chu has her own website Dessert First with featured recipes from her books.

Field Guide to Candy can be ordered from Irreference or Amazon. Check with your local bookstore.

Instead of filling a stocking with sweets, place Field Guide to Candy in the stocking and let someone have fun making their own candy treats. This is a fun book that is One 2 Try.

Many thanks to Melissa of Quirk Books for providing the review copy.

Disclosure: I received a gratis copy for this review. No monetary compensation was offered or accepted. The opinions above are my own. Others experience may vary.