Ices: The Definitive Guide Paperback – 31 Jul 1995
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Most of the ice cream guides are slim volumes and packed with lots of full page colour photos - what a waste of money!
Ices:the Definitive Guide is drab by comparison but instead your money is spent on terrific and thorough content. Fully researched, well organised and covering all aspects, historical, technical and practical, this book is the launching pad for any competent ice cream and sorbet chef.
The book is well-written and its language is easy-going, but precise in descriptions, without being patronising.
Recipes are described in great detail and measurements are given in metric, US and imperial sizes. The book also gives many alternatives to ingredients, if the required ones cannot be found and there is even a more detailed section about the main ingredients to ice cream.
At the end, there is a section that explains (scientifically) how ice creams actually becomes ice cream, with the aim to enable you to make your own recipes by getting the balance right.
Recipes range from classics to very exotic mixes. And yes, there are a lot of them!
Overall a really great book I can recommend warmly. Only its organisation is a bit tricky, so use the index if you can (which is good).
I've tried maybe 1/3 of these so far, and virtually all of them so far work nicely. You don't need a machine, but it makes things easier. I really like all the various fruit sorbet recipes, but some of the traditional custard-based ones are just superb - honey ice cream springs to mind. The one I've had most compliments on, however, is an incredibly fragrant sorbet made with tinned lychees!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've had my copy for 12+ years and have never used any other book for Ice cream (and sorbet) recipes), Nothing ever fails to impress guests. A must buy - pity it's out of print.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Although some cooks swear by this book, I found the recipes far too complicated and long-winded; I can make delicious ice-cream without this much fuss!Published 10 months ago by stearns2
I found this book cluttered with lots of historical facts and the ice creams are fussy. I am not that sort of cook.Published on 28 Mar. 2014 by Patchwork432
I bought this book to learn how to add alcohol to my ice cream and it has taught me a lot more besides - strongly recommend.Published on 17 Sept. 2013 by Davec75
Bought this for a friend & she is very pleased with it - will be making ice creams for her grandchildren this summer.Published on 14 Nov. 2012 by maryelaine
I bought this book as part of my preparation to start making ice cream after a short trial many years ago. Read morePublished on 26 Aug. 2012 by Francisca
I was recently given an ice cream maker for my birthday and I was looking for a book with a wide range of interesting recipes which weren't just the ordinary. Read morePublished on 10 Jun. 2012 by XFNutty