Sweet Invention: A History of Dessert

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Chicago Review Press, Oct 1, 2011 - Cooking - 400 pages
A social, cultural, and—above all—culinary history of dessert, Sweet Invention explores the world’s great dessert traditions, from ancient India to 21st-century Indiana. Each chapter begins with author Michael Krondl tasting and analyzing an icon of dessert, such as baklava from the Middle East or macarons from France, and then combines extensive scholarship with a lively writing style to spin an ancient tale of some of the world’s favorite treats and their creators. From the sweet makers of Persia who gave us the first donuts to the sugar sculptors of Renaissance Italy whose creativity gave rise to the modern-day wedding cake, this authoritative read clears up numerous misconceptions about the origins of various desserts, while elucidating their social, political, religious—and even sexual—uses through the ages.

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User Review  - fionaanne - LibraryThing

This sounded like such a yummy book but its really rather tasteless and bland. There's loads of interesting information about desserts and thier history and culture but the whole thing reads like a ... Read full review

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User 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

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Michael Krondl is a food historian and the author of Around the American Table, The Great Little Pumpkin Cookbook, and The Taste of Conquest. He is an award-winning cooking instructor, food writer, and former chef. His writing credits include Gastronomica, Nation's Restaurant News, and New York Newsday as well as multiple contributions to The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America. He lives in New York City.

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