Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure - Samira Kawash

Title: Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure

Author: Samira Kawash

Publish Date: October 15, 2013

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Format: Hardcover

Page Count: 403 pages

Source: Library

Date Read: February 8-26, 2020

 

Review

The author is the self-monikered "Candy Professor" (her website). She wrote an academic look at candy that was overall very interesting as it entertained. However, she needed a content editor to do a better job focusing on candy and not going off on LONG tangents on non-candy food manufacturing. Unfortunately, that part takes up the first 30-50% of the book. I think the lack of candy focus in this part plus the dry academic writing would turn off non-history buffs/readers. Once we get into the World Wars and into the technological leaps in the 1950s and after, the book picks up a lot and is very enjoyable. The last part of the book talks more about trends and how candy influences non-candy food and drinks; this really makes the book still timely in 2020.