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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC Audio) (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0660186462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0660186467
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 13.4 x 2 cm

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e8094e0) out of 5 stars The dessert that CHANGED THE WORLD! 22 Jun. 2006
By Cliff Milledge - Published on
Format: Hardcover
SALT: The Spice that CHANGED THE WORLD, COD: The Fish that CHANGED THE WORLD, BETA: The Video Format that CHANGED THE WORLD... I was a little tired of these histories of "things" that attach such gravitas and world-altering qualities to the subject in question. Thankfully Ice Cream has no such pretensions. It is what it is: a delicious history of ice cream.

Powell digs into the fact and fiction surrounding ice cream's history, and we're often delighted to find that the myths and legends are every bit as fascinating--and sometimes more telling--than the actual facts. The author has a light and personal narrative style that makes this a quick, fun read, which fits the subject matter well. It may not CHANGE THE WORLD, but it will certainly make you hungry. Perfect for throwing into the ole beach bag or as a gift, but to be fair to the receiver, make sure you include a pint of the good stuff to go with it.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e809534) out of 5 stars Interesting Look At The History of Ice Cream 19 Nov. 2007
By Frederick S. Goethel - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The history of ice cream, at least what can be definitively determined to be fact, is interesting and historic. There are numerous facets to the subject, and the author takes a look at most of them, however the lack of detail can sometimes be frustrating. Many times, the entire history of a major segment of the industry is boiled down to a few pages.

In addition, I found several factual errors, not the least of which was stating the Benjamin Franklin was an American president. Those types of errors tend to make me wonder about how accurate the remaining portion of the research is.

Finally, I found it distracting that the author jumped around in history from chapter to chapter. There was no straight chronology, but rather a twisted tale back and forth through the ages.

With all that said, the writing is well done and this would make for a great "quick" history of the subject.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e11f2a0) out of 5 stars Cold Case 6 Nov. 2008
By Kevin Killian - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Marilyn Powell has written a cultural history of ice cream that starts way back, and she pushes at the definition of "ice cream" to include all sorts of wet or cold and sweet things that you or I would not have in the house. Did you know that before the invention of home refrigeration, ice cream was a dish only kings could afford to eat, kings and peasants in icy countries? The Crusaders brought ice cream back to England and France from the Moorish and Islamic countries they attempted to conquer, and thus it has Arabic roots: we get the word sherbet from the Arabic, and it is probably Italy that thought first to add milk or dairy to the sugared ice treats folks were enjoying until then, not knowing any better.

Even in Beowulf, the carousing soldiers quaff not only mead, but the delicious proto-ice cream a grateful king left out in the snow. Ms. Powell lives in Canada (Toronto to be precise), so her cultural history is very Canadian-centric. She goes back to a local mansion and pores through the household bills, noting that the high society people who lived in this fabulous Spadina House, Alfred and Mary Austin, once ordered enough ice cream for 310 guests in the summer of 1900. She also notes that Canadian literary treasure Timothy Findley recalled his mother, in the Depression, making "snow bread," out of freshly fallen snow. Powell's chapters are studded with recipes all of which sound professional enough, if not exactly tasty.

She is also familiar with the Quebec custom of throwing hot maple syrup into fresh snow, and then it hardens into a taffylike substance she relates dimly to the "taste for cold" which she argues has shaped Western civilization for millennia.

We see how changing consumer needs, hedged in by modern technology, developed one innovation after another: the ice cream cone, the Eskimo pie, the banana split, right down to today's artifical hemp and soy milk-and-sugar substitute "frozen dessert."

Ms. Powell writes the sort of book about ice cream that Virginia Woolf might have written--it's discursive, it's recursive, her style laps back and forth between past and present as if trying on party dresses, there is a continual appeal to friends and neighbors for associative anecdotes. It's appealing, but don't dip your toe in unless you can stand a lot of indecision about which way to go next.
HASH(0x8e8097bc) out of 5 stars Excelent! 24 Jun. 2013
By Gabriella Muller - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The book is very good, it was in perfect condition and arrived on time at my house in Brazil for a low price.
HASH(0x8e8095f4) out of 5 stars Five Stars 4 July 2015
By Raymundo - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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