The Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accessories Hardcover – 30 Apr 2007
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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.
I enjoy making and eating ice-cream all year round, but the cold and wet summer we had this year really put me off. Our ice-cream machine, which has been working hard for more than 7 years, didnt see much action this summer. So when we had some brief sunshine and warmth last month, I opted for an intensive ice-cream making session. I know I m a bit late in the game, but I finally got my hands on Davids new book which is full of great recipes and just like his blog, there is an interesting story behind each one. Nordljus, Wednesday 5 September --Nordljus; Wednesday 5 September
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
The recipes are varied, simple and easy to follow. Try the cinnamon ice cream as an alternative to vanilla - its delicious.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's my ice cream bible. I've yet to try a recipe that's failed.Published 1 month ago by Sleevetugger
A brilliant book. Lots of easy to follow recipes for delicious ice creams. Lots of interesting info about ice cream making, different techniques etc too. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This book was suggested by my mate, and the book is great with great recipes, and great stories behind the recipes.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not really for novices. Also not enough pictures of end product. However there are many and varied recipes, so maybe when I have tried a few more I may re- evaluate my ratingPublished 7 months ago by jackyS
Brilliant, well balanced, well-tested recipes. Haven't found a dud one yet. I get rave reviews from my friends for the finished ice cream. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Heager
Good book, well illustrated. Bit disappointed with some of the recipes as they are a bit "way out". Read morePublished 11 months ago by myfanwy234