The first book I will be reviewing, and indeed my first ever blog post, will be Sweet Things by Annie Rigg.
It was one of the many lovely gifts I received for Christmas and at first glance I fell in love. The cover is everything I look for in a book, good quality, covered in sweets and even shiny.
Annie Rigg is an accomplished food writer and stylist, and it certainly shows throughout the book. From the first page to the very last there are beautiful pictures that certainly sparked my imagination.
There is a friendly overtone to the whole book, a focus on gift giving and relaxed writing style. I feel she really gets to the point of sweet making. It’s not only for the scrumminess but the joy of making and particularly making for others. As a round up to the gift giving theme there is a useful page at the back of the book with her own tips and advice on presentation and gift packaging.
Another thing I admired about the book is the variety of techniques and recipes included. From the simple piped chocolate hearts to the complex pastilles, the traditional vanilla fudge to the unusual goat’s milk and vanilla bean caramels
I am particularly fond of how she has tried to use everyday equipment and ingredients, although she suggest buying the best quality available of course. You can tell with each recipe description how passianate the author is about quality ingredients. Her knowledge of every ingredient used in this book is vast.
I have read this book from front to back and cannot find fault. If I was to be really picky I might say quality is over mentioned but I doubt if I was looking in the book for a recipe or two I would even notice.
Overall a fantastic book with easy to achieve, along with some more challenging but fun, recipes that I cannot wait to try (though this will have to wait until I have eaten my weight in excess Christmas goodies)
p.s. this review was written purely because I love the book, I am not gaining anything from the review and the links are not affiliate.