Each summer I look forward to ice cream. Now, I happen to love ice cream year-round, but it’s extra special in the summer. Since beginning this blog a few years back, I’ve picked an ice cream book (or two) to review each summer as well. So, here are 2018’s ice cream books.
The Ice-Cream Makers: A Novel
In a certain region of Italy there is a band of brothers–the men and their families who spend “the season” from March to October making and selling ice cream across Europe. For Giovani’s family the location of their shop is Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
Growing up Giovanni and brother Luca would spend part of the year in boarding school, part at home in Italy with their parents and then the summer the family would be together in the ice cream shop. This was truly a family enterprise–as it was for the other Italian ice cream familes. The shop was to be passed from father to son. Giovanni, though, loved poetry and, amazingly, he got his way and left the shop to run an international poetry festival. Brother Luca, though, had to stay and make ice cream.
What goes on in a family when tradition is ignored or refuted?
What a compelling story! I didn’t realize it was fiction! It was so believable, so true-to-life. I fell in love with grouchy Beppi, his long-suffering wife, the two sons and daughter-in-law Sophia at the first word. The very first word.
The Ice Cream Makers: A Novel by Ernest van der Kwast
The Perfect Scoop: Revised Edition
David Lebovitz has revised his classic ice cream cookbook, The Perfect Scoop, with twelve new recipes that include S’mores ice cream and some grown-up flavors. This book is a true ice cream-lover’s delight. As the subtitle states: “200 Recipes for Ice Creams, Sorbets, Gelatos, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments.” What’s not to love! Each technique is explained and illustrated with photographs to help insure a perfect result with each recipe. The Perfect Scoop: Revised and Updated by David Lebovitz
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