Thursday, December 03, 2009

Holiday Gift Guide: Field Guide to Candy by Anita Chu

For some of us, the true meaning of the holidays can’t be found in spiritual lessons. It isn’t in the gifts we give or get or even in the time spent -- or avoided -- with friends and family. Rather -- again, for some -- true holiday meaning can be found in the volume of sweetness we collect, consume and -- if the bounty is sufficient -- share.

Sharing that bounty of sweetness on this holiday might be helped somewhat by Field Guide to Candy (Quirk) an amazing compendium of all that is sweet. In case you’re wondering about that, dig this crazy subtitle: How to Identify and Make Virtually Every Candy Imaginable. Need I say more? Not really. If that was all the information you had, it would be all you need. Except, I guess, that it works. If you’re actually a serious sweet aficionado, this is the sort of book you’ll find yourself referring to again and again. It’s well organized, well and sensibly illustrated and the recipes are boiled right down to basics, with straight-forward instructions and easy to find ingredients.

For gift giving, Field Guide to Candy satisfies almost every requirement. Who doesn’t love candy? And this is a book that includes recipes that even children could make with just a small amount of supervision. A bonus: Field Guide to Candy is small enough to fit into a generous stocking. A sweet gift on several fronts!

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