May 19, 2004
I wanted to love Candyfreak. Occasionally, I'll watch FoodTV's "UnWrapped" and be amazed by the art and technology that goes into my favorite snacks, and I expected a amimilar approach to candymaking in this book. On this note Steve Almond's book does a good job. When Almond sticks to the history and manufacture of candy, the book is enthralling, but when the book strays into memoir, I was disappointed.
My next book is the second Haruki Murakami novel I will read this year, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World: A Novel. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle was fantastic, and I'm expecting nothing less from this novel.