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The Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments [Paperback]

David Lebovitz
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1 May 2010
Ripe seasonal fruits. Fragrant vanilla, toasted nuts, and spices. Heavy cream and bright liqueurs. Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Every luscious flavor imaginable is grist for the chill in The Perfect Scoop, pastry chef David Lebovitz’s gorgeous guide to the pleasures of homemade ice creams, sorbets, granitas, and more.

With an emphasis on intense and sophisticated flavors and a bountiful helping of the author’s expert techniques, this collection of frozen treats ranges from classic (Chocolate Sorbet) to comforting (Tin Roof Ice Cream), contemporary (Mojito Granita) to cutting edge (Pear-Pecorino Ice Cream), and features an arsenal of sauces, toppings, mix-ins, and accompaniments (such as Lemon Caramel Sauce, Peanut Brittle, and Profiteroles) capable of turning simple ice cream into perfect scoops of pure delight.

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  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (1 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158008219X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580082198
  • Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 18.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 279,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An American pastry chef living in Paris. I write about the bakeries, ice cream shops, chocolates, restaurants, and sometimes perplexing cultural differences. I blog about my experiences as well!

My books, The Perfect Scoop and Ready for Dessert are available in special UK editions, with measurements and ingredients tailored to what's available in the United Kingdom.

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‘David Lebovitz really stands out from the crowd as one of the best in the business. The Perfect Scoop is full of stunning recipes.’ - Rachel Allen

(Mail on Sunday)

‘The recipes look very good indeed, with some interesting flavour couplings’ - Anthony Worrall Thompson

(Daily Express (Saturday magazine))

‘Essential reading if you plan to delve into the frozen arts’

(The Guardian)

‘The ultimate ice-cream compendium for novices and professionals alike…inspiring photography’

(Caterer & Hotelkeeper)

‘The author is an aficionado of frozen desserts, and his enthusiasm is infectious.’

(Great British Food)

‘A dazzling array of recipes to suit every palate. Here’s hoping for enough sunny days to try every recipe.’


‘Fresh vibrant flavours that are both appealing and delectable… David Lebovitz’s visually sumptuous book on ice creams ticks these boxes. All the recipes we tried were easy to follow and delivered on their promises.’ Four stars ****

(Time Out) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

DAVID LEBOVITZ is a former pastry chef at Chez Panisse. He is also a sought-after cooking instructor, a frequent contributor to food publications, and a popular blogger. He lives in Paris, France, where he leads chocolate tours of the city.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect ice cream book 9 May 2009
I stumbled across the author when I was looking for help on the web on how to make caramel. Then I spotted his salted butter caramel ice cream recipe, which is frankly the best ice cream I've ever tasted (not in this book incidentally, but don't let that stop you buying it). So I asked for his book for my birthday and I have not been disappointed. The Gianduja Gelato (choc praline) is amazing, and there are a host of accompaniments, sauces and vessels to go with the ice cream. There is a section at the start about the basics which is useful if you're new to ice cream making. And he writes personal little notes about each recipe that I find really interesting. Lots of fab pictures too. If in doubt, google "salted butter caramel ice cream", make that and then you'll know why you need to buy this book.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
By onion
This is a sensational book. I have a couple of other cookbooks on icecreams but this is the best, hands-down.

It contains an almost overwhelming number of recipes (for icecreams, sorbets, other frozen desserts and other elements to serve alongside like sauces, cookies etc). It has great photography, the author is warm and informative, based on straightforward ingredients.

So far I have made the vanilla frozen yoghurt, the strawberry frozen yoghurt and the vietnamese coffee ice cream. All 3 have worked perfectly - the vietnamese coffee icecream, in particular, was the best coffee icecream I've ever tasted.

The only teeny negative point I can think of is the text lacks a bit of the cheeky, outrageous tone you get from the author's blog. But that's it. I now want to buy every other book David has written!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book - especially for beginners! 15 May 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A great cookbook. I was so impressed with it that I have bought it as a gift for a friend. I have a simple ice cream maker, the type where you freeze the bowl before you use it. When I first used the book I had never made ice cream before.
The recipes are varied, simple and easy to follow. Try the cinnamon ice cream as an alternative to vanilla - its delicious.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Y to the U to the MMY ! (YUMMY) 15 Jan 2011
By Lucinda
Do not buy this book if you are on a diet, or if you might go on one soon...

The book truly is full of utter deliciousness! I bought it recently, along with an ice-cream making attachment for my Kenwood, so I was/am a total beginner in the world of making ice-cream. This book has everything that I was looking for:

- a solid introduction detailing how ice-cream is made, how the different ingredients work together, plus tips and tricks etc.
- A wealth of recipes, that really do work, from the basic to the more esoteric
- Engaging writing

There really is every type of recipe in here, from far from 'bog-standard' vanilla and chocolate etc, to the literally sublime chocolate-peanut butter. Mmmmm!!
There is also a chapter on sorbets and sherbets, another on Granitas, and finally Sauces and Toppings and then Mix-Ins.

I cannot say I have made much of a dent in all the recipes form this book...just counted, there are 73 recipes in the ice-cream chapter alone! And that is not including the sorbets, granitas etc. But everything I have made has been easy for a beginner to understand, and has really worked. And has been delicious.

Despite my addiction to buying cookbooks, I genuinely won't need nor buy another ice cream book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Ice Cream 18 Feb 2012
By L. Ross
I bought this book after reading many of the existing reviews.
My expectations were high and they were not disappointed. The recipe for Chocolate sorbet turned out to be superb - the chocolate sorbet turned out creamy with a lovely strong taste of chocolate. I used the very best cocoa I could buy. I have also made lemon ice cream which was fine but next time I will try the lemon sorbet. When the fresh fruit comes back in season I'm looking forward to trying some of the fruit ice creams and sorbets. The book is beautifully written and the recipes easy to follow. Indeed A Perfect Scoop in every way.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely ice cream book 17 Jan 2012
Recently my mum bought an ice cream maker and I bought her this book after seeing a recipe featured on the bbc food website by the author which looked fab.

This book certainly did not disappoint, there are some stunning recipes and I'm thinking of buying a 2nd copy for our house. The instructions are well written and the photography is great, but moreover the recipes are stunning.

Very very happy!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth giving up shop bought ice cream for! 15 Jan 2011
By D21
I stumbled upon this book when looking for a place to start making ice cream using a machine and was initially impressed by the sheer variety of recipes on offer (I would never have thought to include cheese in an ice cream before reading this book!).

When it arrived I was incredibly impressed by the sheer detail offered into how to master the basics - how to make a custard, how long to leave flavours to steep and even such simple concepts as using cool mixtures in the machine rather than warm.

Once I'd mastered the basic vanilla I couldn't wait to start tucking into some of the more exciting recipes and to date I have made the following:
Dark chocolate raspberry
Sour Cream strawberry
Peanut butter and chocolate
Pear and caramel
Pear & Pecorino cheese

And (with the exception of the cheese one which I found a bit too crazy for my palette) they have all been delicious (particularly the pear caramel / coconut) and since buying this book I have given up my haagen dazs habit as everything coming out of this book tastes so much better :)

Bottom line - if you have an ice cream machine or are at all serious about ice cream, this book is an essential purchase!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great comprehensive book on ice cream making. The "ultimate chocolate ice cream" turned out to be the best chocolate ice cream I've ever tasted. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Quintin Townsend
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great book with lots of ideas and recipes. Good for dreaming and reference too. Well worth the rather high price.
Published 15 days ago by Egbert Bear
5.0 out of 5 stars It made me want to buy a professional ice maker
I only bought this book for ice cream recipes and I don't think I need another one. I have made over 30 ice creams and were all a success. Read more
Published 23 days ago by C. Androulaki
5.0 out of 5 stars A really wonderful book on ice cream
A really wonderful book on ice cream, lots of flavour choices and lovely photos, although not a photo of every recipe . Read more
Published 23 days ago by Lois W
5.0 out of 5 stars Good range of different desserts
Lots of yummy scrummy desserts which I have been following using my new ice cream maker. There is something for everyone in this book. Easy and more complex recipes.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs GM Maksymczuk
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect book
I was recently bought an ice cream maker and was looking for inspiration for different recipes. This book has it all - ice cream recipes, including some unusual ones, recipes for... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs B
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
bought this as a prressie for my nephew who is currently doing cookery.
fantastic gift.
arrived very quickly.
packaged well. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Melanie cannon
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful ice cream
Amazing recipes: this book has some truly sublime recipes for ice creams, sorbet etc, particularly if you have an ice cream maker.
Published 7 months ago by Fran James
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Decided to branch out on the ice cream making and this book received very good reviews. I would recommend it myself as a novice who has achieved very good results. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jacqueline
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite ice cream book by far
I have about six or seven books dedicated to ice creams and sorbets and this one beats them all hands down. Read more
Published 8 months ago by M. H. King
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