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Field Guide to Candy

Field Guide to CandyThe Field Guide to Candy is a handy little guidebook to, as the subtitle says, make and identify virtually every candy imaginable. Not having a master list of all the candies out there, I can’t confirm this statement, but there are 113 recipes in the book as well as a number of variations – and that is a lot of candy! The book is written by Anita Chu, who is also the author of the Field Guide to Cookies and the blog Dessert First.

The book is set up like field reference guides you might use for bird watching or star gazing, only with some detailed recipe instructions thrown in. Each entry starts with a description of the candy, followed by the history and general notes about working your way through the candy-making process for that particular piece. The recipe is next, followed by a yield estimate and storage notes. Storage for candy is even more important than for other baked goods because candies can be very sensitive to changes in the humidity levels in the air. There is a full-color section in the center of the book with photos to illustrate each of the recipes, and towards the beginning you’ll find an overview of materials and ingredients you’ll need to get started with candy making.

The approach of this book is good considering that candy making requires a fairly scientific approach. The instructions are clear and direct, and you shouldn’t have any trouble following along with them and making candies similar to store-bought favorites at home, whether you want to make Simple Truffles or your own Candy Corn. The only thing that I really wish the book had done differently is to have included the page number of the recipe on the same page as the photo in the inset of the book, but only because I like to look at the pictures before the recipes and it would make that process a tiny bit easier.

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  • dawn
    September 28, 2009

    I can’t even imagine the research that went on to bring this book together. You know?

  • jaime
    September 28, 2009

    Being gluten-free I don’t do much baking but still find your blog educational (I’ve also been bookmarking a few items as gifts for people I know who do love baking). However…candy is one thing I can still enjoy most of the time! This will be a great chance to make my own favorites without all the extra chemicals and dyes. I snuck a peak at the contents on amazon and it explains things very well to a novice like me and also adds interesting historical background to recipes. What a great find 🙂 thank you thank you!

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    September 28, 2009

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  • aphrodite
    September 30, 2009

    cool, they’re really using the term FIELD GUIDE, like from the movie Spiderwick Chronicles,, but its an informative article..

  • tia
    October 1, 2009

    thanks for reviewing this! I saw this book a few days ago and I wanted to buy it but wasn’t sure… so your review is helpful.

  • Shiyuan
    October 29, 2009

    Love your blog, but did you actually try any of the recipes in this book?

    I purchased this book from Amazon.com based largely on your recommendation, but it really sucked.

    Candy making is a science – every step has to be followed in exactly the right way for the result to turn out good. This book is tiny, & doesn’t give enough specificity in the directions for a person who does not have ESP to figure it out.

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