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The Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments Hardcover – May 1 2007


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (May 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580088082
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580088084
  • Product Dimensions: 27.1 x 19.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Fedoruk on Nov. 15 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book for any ice cream lover. The author does not only provide great recipes, but also suggests food pairings. For example, there's a recipe for saffron ice cream, but what kind of meal would that accompany? You'll find out. What I found particularly helpful was his coverage of procedures and his advice on selecting quality ingredients for the best results. These recipes are easy to do at home and don't take long; I've tried several so far.

There are recipes for the traditional ice creams we all know and love, as well as some gourmet delights. Try the Guiness Milk-Chocolate recipe -- delicious! (Nine people had the pleasure of tasting it -- all loved it.)

For those of you who appreciate attractive gourmet cookbooks, this one will not disappoint.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mylène Bergeron Francoeur TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Nov. 26 2010
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This book had striked my fancy long before I was able to get my Kitchen Aid ice cream maker attachement. I'm obviously a fan of David Lebovitz's work, but I think it's for the good reasons; because his book is truly outstanding and easy to use.

As usual with David, he is starting with 19 pages on ingredients and equipment, but also on good hygienic practices (one subject that is too much often skipped nowadays).

Then, you'll be able to flip trough the contents of the book:

Ice creams,
Sorbets and sherbets,
Granitas,
Sauces and toppings,
Mix-ins,
Vessels.

What I like about the book is that it is so much more than just a guide to ice cream. Most authors want to keep everyting apart (big "fat" icecream in heavy desserts tomes, and the light and refreshing "healthy" sorbets and granitas in health cookbooks), but why ? It's like we wouldnt be able to enjoy both textures and flavors. Also, thinking one is better than the other is quite a misconception. There is still a lot of sugar in a sorbet (more than you'd think !) and you can decide to make your ice cream lighther by using leaner alternatives to 35% cream).

In the style of David, each recipe starts with a few words about the recipe, explains where is came from, tells how he invented it, or wathever else cross his mind. The paragraphs are short and a good introduction to the recipes, it gives them personnality. Also, all measurements are by weight as well as in volume, which is very useful. Instructions are as clear as they can get. Some flavors are very common and comforting, like chocolate and vanilla ice cream, or imaginative, as in parsley ice cream.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Natalie Canning on Nov. 6 2012
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I purchased this book for my husband's birthday this past Spring and we have used it constantly since. I know several people who have purchased ice cream makers this year who have asked me for tips and tricks on ice cream making. I tell them the same thing every time - "Buy The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz". He has a wealth of tips and tricks and he manages to be clear while still being concise. We tend to stick with the custard based ice creams (beyond delicious) but have tried recipes from all sections of the book - ice creams, frozen yogurts, sorbets, "extras", etc. and can honestly say it is one of the most consistent recipe books I've ever owned. You can tell that unlike many cooking/recipe books, these recipes have been tested to perfection.

Mr. Lebovitz puts a lot of emphasis on quality of ingredients throughout the book and I have to second this advice. If you are someone who is going to use vanilla pudding mix when he suggests vanilla bean don't buy this book. The quality of the ice cream that these recipes produce is also a result of the quality of ingredients he suggests and you use.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cloe on March 8 2013
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I got a real nice gift a few weeks ago: an Ice Cream Maker! I was really happy and could not wait to try it, but I just know nothing about ice cream, sorbert, etc, and I needed some help.

Well, thanks to other reviewers, I chose this book. And I love it. The author loves ice cream and takes the time to explain the basics (french syle ice cream, philadelphia style, but also mexican or indian...). And then he gives us lots of good, original recipes. Salty, sweety ice cream, but also sorbet, sherbet and granito recipes. He has many suggestions for each flavor of what to eat with it (hot chocolate fudge, caramel, brownies, etc). A part of the book gives recipes for sweet accompaniments. So, let just say that it is really a complete book.

And I totally desagree with the negative review. It is true that there is no recipes for pure strawberry ice cream. But the book gives us the basics... so take any recipes (french style, or orther) and ad/switch to have strawberry ice cream. Easy as that. When you have the basics, you can let your imagination go.

Meanwhile, I just can't wait to try the goat cheese ice cream, which I've been looking for for a while!
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The book is well written, has good introductory information, and a wide variety of recipes.
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By mfg on July 10 2014
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Great book!
Clear, easy to read with good advise. Different flavors than you would normally thinks of with ice cream and sorbets. The flavors remind me of all the great ice cream enjoyed in France.
A good buy for ice cream lovers.
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