Sweet Invention: A History of Dessert
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser 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