Ice Cream Book Reviews
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Novels/Stories Book Reviews
The Ice Cream Theory - by Steff Deschenes
“My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it’s on your plate.” – Thornton Wilder
A very good bit of hand scooped advice in the form of a quote. There’s a lot of truth to it as illustrated in Steff Deschenes’s first book, The Ice Cream Theory.
The Ice Cream Theory is this young woman’s theory of how ice cream flavors relate to the types of people we associate with in life. Based on her own life’s experiences, the author takes you on an emotional and personal journey of relationships and lessons learned that are both thought provoking and entertaining. (At times, I found myself laughing out loud. I actually cried a couple of times too.)
Her writing style is conversational and down to earth. She is completely honest and without hesitation unveils her true self, leaving the reader feeling as if she were a close friend over for a visit.
Steff’s easy afternoon read will help you to see the beauty in each flavor of people in your life. You will realize just how essential they are to your own personal growth.
Like a much needed friend when you are feeling a little blue, Steff is there to lift you up and leave you better than she found you.
Throughout the book, you may find yourself craving ice cream. (Go ahead and give in. It’s torture to read about ice cream without satisfying the appetite.)
By the end of the book, you will be left with the urge to match ice cream flavors with the people in your life.
- A Month of Sundaes - by Michael TUrback
Practically everything you ever wanted to know about the ice cream sundae; it's history, origin, and evolution throughout the years. Packed full of interesting nuggets and original recipes (150 of them). I want this book! There is now a revised edition of this book available with "America's Top 5oo Sundae Places".
- Everybody Loves Ice Cream - by Shannon Jackson Arnold
Fun! Informative! A celebration of ice cream; more than just a cookbook. Lots of pictures (except there are no pictures of the recipes). This book includes a listing if 550 ice cream parlors with contact information and a description of what to expect when you visit them. It also has a University Creameries page. Anyone feel like traveling the US for some ice cream?
- Gelato! Italian Ice Creams, Sorbetti and Granite - by Pamela Sheldon Johns
Great pictures and very appealing recipes. My mouth watered as I read the recipes for Hazelnut Gelato, Chestnut Gelato, and Chocolate-Hazelnut Gelato. The Cactus Pear Sorbetto caught my eye since I had just created my
Prickly Pear Strawberry Sorbet
last summer and wasn't aware of any sorbet recipes that call for prickly pear. Great minds think alike...maybe?
- Ice Cool: An enticing guide to making ice cream and ice desserts with over 55 irresistible recipes - from creamy vanilla to rich chocolate ripple - by Sara Lewis
Lots of great pictures; including illustrations of ice houses. The instructions for recipes are organized in a step-by-step format with pictures (unlike many other ice cream cookbooks that I am not going to mention). There are even sections on using herbs, flowers, and spices for flavoring, ideas for serving ice cream, a section dedicated to chocolate, and rippling instructions. A nice find, I think.
- Of Sugar and Snow - A History of Ice Cream Making by Jeri Quinzio
A real authority on ice cream history, Quinzio takes you through time and maps out a more accurate account of its history and dispells the myths of where ice cream originated. Chock full of facts and even some historical recipes, this book is like an encyclopedia on ice cream.I want this book!
- The Complete Idiot's Guide to Homemade Ice Cream - by Dick Warren with Bobbi Dempsey
Informative. Good for those just starting to make ice cream. This book contains some history and 3 basic ice cream recipes to base other flavors from. It also has other recipes for: sherbet, sorbet, yogurt, gelato, toppings, sauces, waffle cones, sundaes, ice cream desserts, ice cream molds, and in the drink category...ice cream sodas, shakes, floats, malts, and smoothies. A very well organized book. Downside? NO PICTURES!
- The Perfect Scoop - by David Lebovitz
Nice Pictures! Inviting design. David Lebovitz, a real expert on the subject of ice cream, shares his culinary knowledge with very informative and helpful tips and explanations of equipment needed. The recipes in this book are not your average or typical ice cream recipes;they are a gourmet collection of international flavor inspired recipes - kind of a world tour of ice cream. Included are recipes for sorbets, granitas, sauces, toppings, fudge ripple, homemade marshmallows, cookies, cones, cookie cups, and more. An excellent book to have in your kitchen...I do!
- The Scoop: How to Change Store-Bought Ice Cream Into Fabulous Desserts - by Lori Longbotham
Although I am always disappointed when cookbooks don't have pictures, this particular book still drew me in without them. The author offers plenty of ideas and recipes for turning ordinary ice cream from the store into something extraordinary. She also gives tips and ice cream quotes throughout the pages. I want it!
- Make Your Own Ice Cream- by Rick Warren
This is actually an e-book that you can purchase for a minimal price through Apple iBooks. I found the pages to be clean and well organized packed with creative easy to follow recipes that were given really fun names like, "Banana Bean", "Butterscotch Crunch" (there's Toblerone as an ingredient), "Chocolate and Orange Mousse", "Black Forest", and "White Chocolate Zebra". I also love that the author included pictures of each recipe!!! Thank you! Besides some really intriguing recipes, Warren gives great ice cream making tips to help you create your own recipes. He even includes a glossary, which was very helpful as I didn't have a clue what the word "punnet" meant.
If you are interested in purchasing this, you can
find it on Apple iBooks store to be used for the iPad.
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