RNELP, July 10, 2008 (view all comments by RNELP)
One of the best books I have read in a long time! Think tripping down memory lane as the character Charlie from the Chocolate Factory, dressed as Alice in Wonderland while they call you Bond, as in 007. This is where you will find it all-memories, freaky antectdotes, child labor injustices, and industrial espionage. Makes you think, laugh and crave for even more.........
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Melissa Endicott, November 27, 2007 (view all comments by Melissa Endicott)
This is one of my favorite books...it is simply hilarious! I love that it is a memoir of his candy-eatin' childhood enrobed in rich satire, political and social commentary, and a history of candymaking and marketing in 20th century America. And, learning a bit about candy production is fun as well. Thinking of 'baby vomit', 'Sixlets' and 'dead cuticle-like coconut' just makes me laugh all over again. Fabulous!
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Jeff McBride, January 22, 2007 (view all comments by Jeff McBride)
Semi-fascinating story about a few classic traditional candy business'. It was an OK read but lacked breadth. I'd only had a few of the candies described and I really would have enjoyed less depth on more candies. Still......I read it in two sittings and it made my mouth water!
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by Publishers Weekly,
"There are enough anecdotes from Almond's lifelong fixation that readers will feel as if they know him....Almond's awareness of how strange he is...is strangely endearing."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Almond...details with mouthwatering descriptions his visits to the minor league of candy makers who continue to churn out their distinctive products....Sweet, never sickly — and quite informative."
by Mark Knoblauch, Booklist,
"The decidedly regional nature of American candy production takes Almond to all sorts of destinations where he encounters those tastefully inventive minds who satisfy the country's sweet tooth."
by Library Journal,
"Flavored with the author's amusingly tart sense of humor, Candyfreak is an intriguing chronicle of the passions that candy inspires and the pleasures it offers. Recommended."
by Amy Sedaris,
"I got a real sugar rush and a cluster headache reading this bittersweet book by Steve Almond-joy, the sugar daddy himself. I won't sugar coat it — this book is one sweet treat."
by John Thorne,
"Steve Almond is the Dave Eggers of food writing."
by Hartford Courant,
"[A] fascinating exploration of the small American candy-making companies that persist in the shadow of such giants as Hershey, Nestlè and Mars and...a bittersweet personal memoir, is likely to make you [a candyfreak], too."
by Minneapolis Star Tribune,
"One word of caution: Reading this delicious narrative on an empty stomach will lead to a hasty trip to your local candy store to search for the delicacies Almond chronicles. Or at least that's what this sugar-addicted reviewer found herself doing."
by New York Times Book Review,
"Almond goes at the subject as if he were a giddy 5-year-old, creating an entertaining book full of repeatable tidbits about the candy industry."
by Chicago Sun-Times,
"[A] book that is part memoir of childhood candy consumption, part paean to small candy makers, and tremendously engaging throughout."
by The Oregonian (Portland, OR),
"As a fellow candy freak, I found Almond's illuminations highly enjoyable and, like Almond himself, I felt a pang of sadness when it was over."
by San Francisco Chronicle,
"Reading Candyfreak is like following a kid into a candy store. Not only is Almond a glutton for his subject, he's a hilariously uninhibited writer....Candyfreak is like a good candy bar: a piece of delicious, ephemeral fun."
by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,
"Skittish wordplay, comedy and hot-off-the-slab research mark this book as a winner among simple candy lovers, confectionoscenti and the freaks — those who enter a disassociative state when confronted with candy."
Almond embarks on a hilarious, sugar-high tour through America's last remaining independent candy companies.
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