Flights of Fantasy in Gingerbread: Chapter Titles

Edible Architecture: Flights of Fancy in Gingerbread

1.   The Magic of Gingerbread Houses

When Christmas approaches, sights, sounds, and the delicious smells of the season fill the air and help to bring light to the darkening nights.  A holiday custom that doesn’t seem to have a direct relationship with any other Christmas celebrations, is the tradition of decorated gingerbread houses. Adorned with frosting and tasty candies on rough German-style gingerbread, these original and colorful houses, have a unique, and delicious origin………

2.   Ginerbread Through Time

Gingerbread and using ginger to season foods and drinks has a long history that stretches back to antiquity.  Gingerbread has been around for thousands of years, since the times of the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, and honey cakes made by using ginger can be traced to ancient Rome……..

3   Hansel and Gretel: Eating Their Way into the Witches House

The origins of gingerbread houses seem to be inextricably linked to the children’s tale of Hansel and Gretel………
illustrators, symbolism, historical parallels…

4.   Hansel and Gretel – The Story

Hard by a great forest dwelt a poor wood-cutter with his wife and his two children. The boy was called Hansel and the girl Gretel. He had little to bite and to break, and once when great dearth fell on the land, he could no longer procure even daily bread. …….

5.   Children’s Stories in Gingerbread

Many children’s stories and rhymes are often used as subjects for  gingerbread houses.  For mny years, a holiday tradition at New York’s  Botanical Gardens in the Bronx, has been Gingerbread Adventures…………..

6.   Bergen – A Gingerbread Town in Norway

Every year since 1991, the people of Bergen, Norway, build a city of gingerbread as a Christmas tradition. A true community collaboration, this gingerbread city is the largest (in area) in the world, and every year,  kindergartens, schools, businesses and thousands of individuals contribute gingerbread structures that are placed in the village. …..

7.   The White House Tradition

Since the 1950s, it has been a tradition of the White House in Washington DC, to have a special gingerbread house for the enjoyment of the thousands of guests that are entertained and visit during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.  For the last year of President Obama’s presidency in 2016, approximately 68,000 guests visited the White House during the holiday season……..

 8.   Architectural Masterpieces in Gingerbread

A gallery of amazing buildings…….

9.   Architects Building in Gingerbread

Could there be a better pairing than architects and chefs working together to create gingerbread houses?  One of the holiday traditions at the Seattle Sheraton Hotels is their Gingerbread Village –designed by local architects and created by Sheraton culinary staff…….

10.   An Architectural Style

“Gingerbread”  in architecture and design refers to a style that features elaborately detailed elements.  Even though the term occasionally is used for highly detailed and decorative styles, in general it refers to the work of American designers of the 1860s and 1870s.  The style was used to decorate both public and private buildings, and it also became known as stick style — where every possible external vertical or oblique surface of the buildings and arches were decorated with fanciful hand-carved wooden latticework…….

11.   Creating Architectural Monuments in Gingerbread

During the past few years, the Waterbar restaurant in San Francisco has showcased impressive   gingerbread masterworks for the holiday season.  Created by the pastry Chef Angela Salvatore, creations have included intricate replicas of Candlestick Park,  followed by AT&T Park,  the Palace of Fine Arts, and the   masterpiece for 2016 was an astonishingly realistic:replica of the city’s Ferry Building with its Tuesday Farmer’s Market…..

12.   Building a French Chateau

Every yearthe Pastry Chef for The Westin St Francis Hotel San Francisco has been creating extraordinary French chateaux in gingerbread for the holiday season.  The  only hotel located on San Francisco’s Union Square –it  opened over a century ago in 1904, and  has been a witness to much of the city’s rich and colorful history, and continues to be  an elegant and distinguished part of San Francisco’s heritage.   The beautiful Sugar Castle, originally designed  in 2005, resembles a French Chateau with grand circular towers, and colorful illuminated windows…..

13.   Dining in Gingerbread

Life-size gingerbread houses have been built at a number of hotels around the US during the past few year, but not all of them allow guests to step inside, let alone have a meal for six.  But an Arizona hotel  took it to the next level by creating one that guests can actually eat inside……

14.   Breaking Records

Even the Guiness World Records have gotten into the excitement by rating gingerbread houses —  noting which is the Largest Gingerbread House  and which is the largest Gingerbread Village in the World…..

15.   The Ultimate Gingerbread Village

One of the most intriguing stories in the gingerbread house world is the history of Jon Lovitch’s GingerBread Lane, in New York.  In 2016, GingerBread Lane won the Guiness Record Title for the largest confectionary village in the world — for the fourth consecutive year!

16.   Entering a World of Gingerbread Competitions

Gingerbread house competitions have been the rage in the US and Canada for many years and it’s not difficult to understand why.  Designing and building an award-winning gingerbread house combines the skills of baker, architect and visionary. For a family-designed gingerbread house, it takes many hands –both adult and child-size to construct the dream home.  The largest competition is sponsored by the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina and it has built a reputation for attracting 400 of the best gingerbread house designers from across the nation

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