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The Ultimate Ice Cream Book: Over 500 Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, Drinks, And More Paperback – Jun 2 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cookbooks (June 2 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688161499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688161491
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 458 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Weinstein is a man who takes his treats seriously. Although his instructions are sometimes too sober for the subject matter and require some commitment, the ice creams, sorbets, sweet and savory granitas, toppings and drinks are served up with flair. There are roughly 70 recipes for ice cream, each with a number of variations, and several dozen more for sorbets. On the conservative end are four recipes for plain old vanilla and three for chocolate. For the sophisticate, there are ice creams flavored with thyme, lavender and Earl Grey tea, as well as tempting varieties using less common fruits such as fig, passion fruit, mango and rhubarb. Mix-in ideas abound with such concoctions as Ginger Ice Cream with bits of candied chestnuts, Classic Mint Chip with mini chocolate chips or Cashew Ice Cream topped with Trail Mix made by adding coconut, sunflower seeds and raisins. Weinstein even offers main course ideas: How about floating a scoop of avocado in a gazpacho soup or freeing borscht into a granita? To top things off, he provides recipes for hot fudge and other toppings, as well as for black cows and sodas that will turn any kitchen into a soda fountain. July)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Here are recipes for just about every ice cream imaginable, from four different versions of plain old vanilla to Avocado Ice Cream (it's really more of a chilled guacamole served as a garnish for gazpacho). Weinstein includes dozens of basic recipes for ice creams, sorbets, and granitas, with innumerable variations, along with sodas and shakes, hot fudge and other toppings, and even homemade ice cream cones. Recommended for most collections.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26 2003
Format: Paperback
I don't usually share my thoughts about cookbooks that I buy, but I have to say that this book is truly addictive. When I first started making the ice creams in the book I stuck to the recipes that didn't require eggs. The author calls them Philadelphia style, but my family calls them delicious. All the ingredients called for are fresh. Fresh berries, fresh peaches, fresh cream. I like it that the strawberry ice cream requires so few ingredients. But my husband grew up eating frozen custard so I decided to try a few of the recipes that required a little more cooking. Beat the eggs, add the sugar, beat in some flour or cornstarch to help thicken the custard, heat the milk - it scared me at first, I'm not a great cook. But I did it. The custard was rich and smooth. Then came the fresh fruit. We're totally addicted. And it's nice knowing that there's nothing artificial going into our ice cream and frozen custards. I also like the fact that all the eggs we eat are being cooked first. After reading a few of the reviews here, I decided to try an experiment. So many people said they were staying away from the odd flavors, so I made some - sweet potato and green tea. We're hooked. They're so good. Someone else said you shouldn't add flour to ice. I made the mint ice cream recipe from this book without adding the cornstarch as the recipe called for. The ice cream was icy, grainy is what my husband called it. So I made it again just as the recipe required and it was perfect and has become an instant staple in our freezer.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Bradford on Jan. 20 2004
Format: Paperback
I own this book and Ben and Jerry's and I like them both. However, this one is my favorite because it is more comprehensive. It is also nicely organized by recipe. Many flavors will have recipe variations listed below the main recipe. The Ben and Jerry's book is quite old and only has a few of their popular flavors which are listed under generic names and not the names sold in stores. If I did it over again, I would save some money and only get this book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By H. Grove (errantdreams) on May 3 2004
Format: Paperback
Very few commercial ice creams can stand up to homemade. Oh, I know. I have my commercial favorites too. When you make your own, however, you're in control of everything. Too sweet? Cut down the sugar a little. Too rich? Substitute half and half or milk for some of the cream. You want a flavor that doesn't come in the stores? Then it's time to bite the bullet and make your own.

You'll find details on ice cream machines in this book, as well as the differences between (and pros and cons of) ice cream made with and without eggs, details on flavoring ice creams, and tips for making "mix-ins" (cookies, crackers, etc.) that'll stay crunchy longer. You'll even find three recipes for ice cream cones in here!
This cookbook packs a lot of punch into a surprisingly small amount of space. Let's use Pumpkin Ice Cream as an example. Below it you have four variations listed: Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream, Pumpkin Raisin Ice Cream, Pumpkin Rum Ice Cream, and Pumpkin Seed Ice Cream. Mr. Weinstein could have done this a number of ways. He could have printed up a new recipe for each variation. He could have left them out entirely. Or he could have put the traditional paragraph of "oh, and you could try adding this, and this, or this." In the first case you pay more for a cookbook that could have been smaller. In the middle case, we would have been bereft of many extra fantastic recipes. In the last case, when we sat down to pick a recipe and make out our grocery list, we would have failed to read the last paragraph, and we'd eternally find ourselves saying "Oh, next time," without ever making the variations. So this is PERFECT. I wish more cookbooks did this. The variations are 1-3 sentence quick directions, but easy to pick out and implement.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "jlincolnwhite" on Dec 21 2003
Format: Paperback
The first thing I noticed about this book is the use of a basic ice cream formula: mix sugar with eggs, heat milk and cream, mix heated milk and cream with sugar and eggs, return to heat, and so on. This formula, repeated for nearly every ice cream recipe with different amounts and ingredients, has never failed me, and every recipe I've made from this book has turned out perfectly. This use of this formula makes ice cream very easy to make, since you become acquainted with the recipes very quickly.
The second thing I noticed about this book is that the recipes range from the very simple (Vanilla, Chocolate) to the unusual (Oatmeal). There are also several recipes for ice creams made with spices, which I highly recommend. Weinstein also gives numerous suggestions for additional things to put in the ice cream, leaving much room for experimentation. For unusual and hard to find ingredients, Weinstein provides sources for buying the ingredients by mail.
Ice cream making has never been easier; ice cream has never tasted so good!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maggie N. on Aug. 15 2003
Format: Paperback
An ice-cream maker is an excellent tool to have in your kitchen. You can make such weird ice cream as black pepper vanilla ice cream, peach frozen yogurt, or even spinach sorbet. However, as neat as these choices sound and as entertaining they may be, "weird" just doesn't do for ice cream if the ice cream is not flavorful.

Here's where The Ultimate Ice Cream Book is more than helpful. From the simple recipes for ice cream cones to the explanations how ice cream should be made, what is Philadelphia style ice cream, and how to keep your eggs from clouding for regular ice cream, the book is a must if you have an ice cream maker. It provides hundreds of recipes with a lot of flavor and imagination. One of my favorite parts of the book is that each recipes has variations, so if you are concerned about certain ingredients because of a diet, allergies, or just personal choice, it is more than easy to still make excellent ice cream while avoiding what you don't like. Almost every recipe is accompanied by the egg-less Philadelphia style ice cream (which are faster to make), and every recipe has basic explanations what to do, so you don't have to keep flipping through the book while you're cooking.

Every single recipe I have used from this book yielded delicious ice cream. I highly recommend it.
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