Sweet Invention

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Sweet Invention

A History of Dessert

By Michael Krondl

Chicago Review Press, Hardcover, 9781556529542, 418pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2011

Description
From the sacred fudge served to India's gods to the ephemeral baklava of Istanbul's harems, the towering sugar creations of Renaissance Italy, and the exotically scented macarons of twenty-first century Paris, the world's confectionary arts have not only mirrored social, technological, and political revolutions, they have also, in many ways, been in their vanguard. "Sweet Invention: A History of Dessert "captures the stories of sweet makers past and present from India, the Middle East, Italy, France, Vienna, and the United States, as author Michael Krondl meets with confectioners around the globe, savoring and exploring the dessert icons of each tradition. Readers will be tantalized by the rich history of each region's unforgettable desserts and tempted to try their own hand at a time-honored recipe. A fascinating and rewarding read for any lover of sugar, butter, and cream, "Sweet Invention" embraces the pleasures of dessert while unveiling the secular, metaphysical, and even sexual uses that societies have found for it.


About the Author
Michael Krondl is a chef, food writer, and author of Around the American Table: Treasured Recipes and Food Traditions from the American Cookery Collections of the New York Public Library and The Great Little Pumpkin Cookbook. He has published articles in Good Food, Family Circle, Pleasures of Cooking, and Chocolatier, and has contributed entries to The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America. He lives in New York City.

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Praise For Sweet Invention

"Michael Krondl writes about the history of desserts with grace, wit, and a considerable sweet tooth."  —Nick Malgieri, author of BAKE! and The Modern Baker

"Frosted with eye-catching detail, layered with the rich and mouthwatering history of all things sweet, and leavened by inspired scholarship, Michael Krondl's history of dessert is a lush confection in its own right. . . . This is a must-read for all of us who care about food history, or have a sweet tooth."  —Ian Kelly, author of Cooking for Kings: The Life of Antonin Careme, the First Celebrity Chef

"Sweet Invention is a captivating journey of dessert travel. Beautifully written and fun to read, Michael Krondl manages to take us on a ride as kid in a candy store throughout the ages to modern day."  —Elizabeth Falkner, chef/pastry chef and author of Elizabeth Falkner's Demolition Desserts

"Exhaustive and enlightening history of desserts."  —Booklist