I guess the most difficult thing for any specialist cookbook focussing on a single dish is to keep it interesting for the reader and make it seem like the book is something more than just a list of slight variations on a theme. The Icecreamists tries very hard, maybe too hard, to make its variations on ice cream seem compelling and it mostly succeeds - but like many of the recipes, it's a very rich mix. The graphical style of the book borrows heavily from the Punk aesthetic of designer Jamie Reid (Never Mind the Small Licks, Here's a Tablespoon?) interspersed with cool pictures of frozen treats made to make your mouth water.
The ice creams themselves are given endlessly inventive pun titles like Choc & Awe, Gingiana Jones, Under the Cherry Spoon and Alexander McCream - that's Dark Chocolate, Asian Spiced Ginger, Mascarpone & Amarena and Spiced Pumpkin ice creams respectively. The book also includes the recipe for Baby Gaga, the infamous breast milk ice cream that caused a huge stir when The Icecreamists first put it on sale a couple of years ago.
If you're going to eat ice cream you might as well go the whole way - and then a bit further - ice cream is never going to be a slimming food. If, like me, you'd rather savour a spoonful of something extraordinary and delicious than suffer a bowlful of supermarket slop then this might be the ice cream cookbook for you. Its endlessly inventive combinations of flavours and textures attempt to create a new kind of frozen cuisine with ice creams, sorbets, cocktails, sundaes and ice lollies. They're almost all, like the book itself, shamelessly indulgent and over-the-top but really, what's the point of ice cream that isn't?