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Sugar-plums and Sherbet: The Prehistory of Sweets

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Sugar-plums and Sherbet: The Prehistory of Sweets

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    Laura Mason(Author)
This is the first book to look beyond the brilliant colours of the sweet-shop shelf and talk of the humbug, gobstopper, peardrop and the stick of rock. As well as a history, it is also a recipe book with twenty tried and tested methods for sweets ancient and modern: the Penande from 16th century, the Manus Christi from the 17th, Mrs McLintock's Orange Tablets from the 19th and Chocolate Fudge from the 20th. The book has a comprehensible discussion of the technicalities of sugar-boiling as foundation for a history of individual sweet types and the fashions of their consumption since the Middle Ages. The book is illustrated throughout with prints and drawings which describe both the products and their means of manufacture. Particularly handsome are the drawings of sweeties by the Dartmouth graphic artist Simon Drew. Did you know how they got the letters into rock? How they twisted barley sugar? The difference between fudge and tablet? The connection between humbugs and an Arab sweet from 13th-century Spain (where it was borrowed from the Persians)? Laura Mason has written about sweets before, but never so completely.

Combining a rare and felicitous blend of rigorous scholarship, social history and unashamed nostalgia...a book which will delight everyone.-- The Times, July 16 1998Good things are here: a rich flavour of the past mixed with sound advice from an experienced sweet-maker.-- Glasgow Herald, June 4 1998This is a fascinating book full of off-beat information.-- Saga Magazine, September 1998With careful attention to detail, she has produced an erudite and fascinating publication which maintains Prospect Books' reputation as publisher of first-rate works on the history of food.-- Oxford Times, September 1998

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  • PDF | 250 pages
  • Laura Mason(Author)
  • Prospect Books; First Edition edition (3 Jun. 1998)
  • English
  • 10
  • Food & Drink
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  • By Finakilly Chris on 14 May 2014

    A superb account of the history of all things sweet and confected. Contains some super recipes at the back and illustrations of sweets in old prints that I found inspirational - for example how candied fruits were hung in windows and the tiny glass cups ice creams were served in. I think anyone who has ever been a child would enjoy this nostalgic trip into the land of gobstoppers, 'Spanish', sherbert and so on, along with an intelligent historical commentary. A huge resource I turned to again and again when writing An Appetite for Violets.

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