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February 2004 Gourmet Guess Contest Prize



Three Books from
Collector's Press

This month Gourmet Guess winners will receive a set of three books from Collector's Press, including Candy: A Sweet History, Retro Romance, and The Century in Food, for a total suggested retail price of $86.00


Be a Kid in a Candy Store Again!

Candy: A Sweet History
by Beth Kimmerle

Chocolate, gummy, chewy, with nuts or without, what's your favorite? From Mr. Goodbar to Willy Wonka, candy features prominently in cultures around the world. In Candy: The Sweet History, Beth Kimmerle spotlights the star of refined sugar-the staple of childhood allowance-candy.

Relive the gooey glory years of candy in this retrospective of the confection industry. Selected for their nostalgic packaging, tempting tastes and wonderful stories, Candy pays homage to the companies and brands that have become American icons. PayDay, Chic-O-Stick, Tootsie Roll, and many more treats are featured in brilliant photos and images from the candy culture of the past. and for those with a sweet touch in the kitchen, basic candy recipes are also included.

The human sweet tooth has been active since ancient times—chewing gum was a favorite amongst the ancient Egyptians. Valentine's Day was never the same after Richard Cadbury packaged his candies in a heart shaped box in 1868, introducing the first box of Valentine's Day chocolates. Candy chronicles the history of sweet treats across the globe-following the footsteps from the cultivation of sugar cane to the first "combination" candy bar.

No longer the expensive after-dinner delicacy, candy continues to be a multi-billion dollar industry, with the average American consuming 12 pounds of sugar candy every year. Satisfying our collective sweet tooth and commemorating holidays, the future of candy is as bright as a child's eyes in a candy store.

Find Out:
What inspired the creation of M&M'S
Which candy manufacturers are still around after 100 years
How many Marshmallow Peeps are produced every day

Beth Kimmerle lives in New York City and specializes in retail product sales, development, and consulting. She has worked and consulted for old-school candy companies such as Fannie May and Fanny Farmer Candies, as well as newer candy companies, including Holopops, the makers of holographic lollipops.

by Beth Kimmerle
Hardcover w/jacket, $35.00
176 Full Color Pages
ISBN: 1-888054-83-2


Century in Food

America's Food Favorites
Remembered in New Book

The Century in Food:
America's Fads and Favorites
by Beverly Bundy

During the early 1900s in America, most food was fresh or at best home-canned. Today it's precooked, proportioned, neatly packaged, flash frozen or dehydrated, and waiting in the grocers' freezers or on the store shelves. At the turn of the century, it was common for the woman of the house-or in more affluent homes a servant-to prepare food in the fireplace. Today families still occasionally prepare food over an open fire: It's called a cookout or camping. For most Americans, it is no longer an every-day occurrence.

Food and food preparation have come a long way in the past decade as economic conditions, attitudes, and tastes have changed. The Century in Food: America's Fads and Favorites by award-winning food writer Beverly Bundy examines inventions, innovations, and ingenuity that have fed American appetites for the past hundred years.

The Century in Food is packed with taste-tempting popular recipes from each decade. It includes recipes for things like Bacardi Double-Chocolate Rum Cake, Playboy Paella, Sausage-Stuffed Baked Apples, and Chicken Fillets in Tomato-Wine Sauce. More than 400 full-color images, make it a treat for the eyes as well as the palate.

The enthralling history of American culture and cuisine that accompanies the recipes and pictures in The Century in Food puts it on a shelf above other cookbooks on the market today. The Century in Food: America's Fads and Favorites is a must for any cookbook collection, or anyone who just likes to cook.

Beverly Bundy is food editor for the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram. After graduating from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, she added to her knowledge while working as a journalist in Iran, Germany, Nebraska, Arizona, and Texas. She has earned numerous awards including top honors in column writing from the Association of Food Journalists in 2001. Her book is based on stories written for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The stories were a James Beard Award nominee for Best Newspaper Series in 1999.


Retro Romance

Help for the Hopeful Romantic

Retro Romance:
Classic Tips for Today's Couple
by Cheryl and Joe Homme

Whether you're a hopeful, hopeless, or hapless romantic, the new Collectors Press book Retro Romance: Classic Tips for Today's Couple is sure to put a sparkle in your eye and swing in your sweetheart's step.

Hearkening back to the days when you and your sweetie could park on a moonlit hilltop without the cell phone ringing or the pager beeping, Retro Romance is a modern-day manual with a retro twist for building more romance into your relationship.

Authors Cheryl and Joe Homme have written a practical guide for the romantic at heart, focusing on the details and simple things that couples can do to keep romance alive. Sincere, fun, and intelligent, Retro Romance is full of sweet, sensible tips and no-nonsense advice for improving your relationship, such as getting over tiffs, dividing chores, setting goals, leaving unexpected love notes, and much more.

Divided into chapters such as Priorities, Division of Labor, Food, and Gifts, each section contains not only the authors' wisdom, but "True Romance" stories from real people. Complete with tips on how to relax with your partner, use your body language to say I love you, laugh together, and plan dates, Retro Romance proves that chivalry is not out of style. Vintage illustrations and advertisements of couples in love recall a simpler time and remind us to remember romance.

Revive Romance and Find Out:
How remembering your manners can make or break your relationship
How to create quality moments with your partner
How to make your home a sanctuary for romance

Cheryl and Joe Homme, a private and romantic couple, have been honing their romantic skills for 25 years. It is their belief that romance is the foundation of all successful marriages. with delightfully appropriate timing, they celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary during the writing of this book. Cheryl and Joe reside in Palmer, Alaska, with their two sons. They have also written Storybook Culture: The Art of Popular Children's Books for Collectors Press.

Retro Romance: Classic Tips for Today's Couple
by Cheryl and Joe Homme
Hardcover w/jacket, $16.95
128 Full Color Pages
ISBN: 1-888054-80-8


Collectors Press, Inc.
PO Box 230986
Portland, OR 97281
fax (503) 684-3777

For more information, visit

The total suggested retail value of this prize package is $86.00


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