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  • Series: Reaktion Books - Edible
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books; 1st edition (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861897928
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861897923
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 4.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #751,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ice Cream: A Global History [looks] back at ice cream's enduring appeal to people around the globe - It's a MUST read this summer...with ice-cream in-hand of course! (Food Network Magazine)

In Ice Cream: A Global History, food writer Laura B. Weiss tells the fascinating story of a popular...frozen treat....Embellished with clever illustrations and a nice selection of historical and contemporary recipes. (The Wall Street Journal)

Ice Cream: A Global History is the place to turn if you want to know the backstory of everyone’s favorite frozen treat!” (David Lebovitz, author of The Perfect Scoop )

“In Ice Cream: A Global History, food writer Laura B. Weiss tells the ­fascinating story of a popular, mass-produced frozen treat that began life thousands of years ago as the dessert of kings. Ice, hauled down from the mountains and stored in ice houses, formed the base of sweetened ­‘sherbets’ for ancient Persian rulers.” (Wall Street Journal )

“The subject is captivating enough to keep the interest of students of cultural history as well as ice cream fanatics or foodie historians.” (Library Journal )

“In Ice Cream: A Global History, the author traces the cold treat’s long journey from an Italian delicacy for the privileged in the 17th century to a mainstream staple whose popularity boomed in America in the mid-1900s. Weiss, a food and travel journalist who attended Simmons College, chose the subject despite having an ice cream allergy for much of her childhood. ‘Sometimes you are attracted to the things you were denied as a child,’ she says. ‘The day the doctor told me I could finally eat ice cream was a red letter day for me. My mother gave me a spoonful of vanilla, which I can taste to this day.’” (Boston Globe )

“In her fascinating new book, Ice Cream: A Global History, author Laura B. Weiss takes us on a journey from ice cream’s beginnings in ancient China to its present day evolution into an artisanal offering. Nestled throughout the book are fun factoids. . . . Weiss even discovers that there is one thing the Arabs and Israelis agree on: their love for ice cream.” (Dessert Professional )

 “We are quite taken with the short but engagingly readable Edibles series of handsome little books on basic, well, edibles, as in the cultural and global history of one type of food or beverage. Originating in England from Reaktion Books but written by foodie journalists or food science academics on both sides of the Atlantic, these spritely, much-illustrated books are a peruser’s delight.” (Toronto Star )

“A fun, smartly written series appropriate for a popular audience that likes to eat . . . the Edible series books provide level-headed and enjoyable overviews of food culture . . . These will create a little library that any foodie will be proud to show off . . . aesthetically pleasing volumes with decent content that would make good presents.”  (Winterthur Portfolio on the Edible series )

“The book is perfect read for professional chefs, informed foodies, and culinary historians — as well as curious ice cream lovers. Laura deftly tells the sweet story of one of the world’s favorite foods.” (Virginia Willis )

“Laura Weiss paints a compelling portrait of everyone s favorite dessert. She traces the transition of ice cream from a luxury reserved for the wealthy to an everyday treat accessible to the masses, while never allowing history to obscure a sense of pure pleasure.” (Palm Beach Illustrated )

“An informative and lighthearted book about ice cream of all varieties. The book is slender to the hand, but packed with history, facts, and stories.” (In Mama's Kitchen )

About the Author

Laura Weiss is a professor of journalism at New York University and a freelance author, specializing in food, travel, and lifestyle. Her writings have appeared in the New York Times, New York Daily News, Travel + Leisure, Edible Brooklyn, and on Foodnetwork.com. She blogs about food and society for the Huffington Post and is editor of  foodandthings.com. She was a reporter for Congressional Quarterly, a writer for Time’s school edition, and a director at AOL.


More About the Author

Why did I write about ice cream? Well, for starters, it tastes great! And its history is fun and fascinating. Did you know that the Chinese were the first to make a frozen dessert? Or that a fight is still raging about which US town created the ice cream sundae? You can learn about these ice cream moments and more in Ice Cream: A Global History.

When not writing about ice cream, I'm a journalist covering food, travel and other lifestyle topics. You can find my articles in The New York Times, on FoodNetwork.com, in Travel + Leisure, and on Interior Design magazine's web site.

I feel very lucky to live in New York City and in my spare time, I'm an avid museum- and theater-goer. Plus, there's no end of great eats in New York. I love going to Brooklyn and Queens and discovering a new ethnic markets and eateries. Travel's another one of my passions. I've been to China, India, SE Asia and all over Europe. Needles to say, I've sampled ice cream from one end of the globe to the other!

You can follow me on Twitter at @foodandthings. Please like my Facebook page, Ice Cream: A Global History http://goo.gl/uarXP

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Reading it made me very happy -- and not a single calorie!
Van Harriman
Its photos, artwork and illustrations make it beautiful to look at, and the writing makes it a fun and fascinating read.
Lillith
Laura B. Weiss' charming book, Ice Cream : A Global History is a delicious confection for a hot weather read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lillith on July 5, 2011
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I bought 2 copies and will probably buy more, because Ice Cream is a perfect gift of a book. Its photos, artwork and illustrations make it beautiful to look at, and the writing makes it a fun and fascinating read. Full of interesting quotes, cultural references, and well-researched facts, Ice Cream tells the rather surprising story of the frozen confection's beginnings and forever appeal, covering continents, recipes, and anecdotes in its wide sweep.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SL Clooney on July 24, 2011
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Ice cream is evocative. Everyone has a story about it, a cherished family memory, a personal experience or an ongoing search to find the perfect frozen confection. If you've never known who to thank for inventing, marketing or improving this wonderful treat you have to read this book. From Marco Polo to HoJos; Jefferson Thomas to Ben & Jerry's this book draws you in from beginning to end. I lapped it up with a spoon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mitch Arnowitz on July 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
What an easy read this book was. Takes you through the history of ice cream through fun writing, pictures and illustrations. Timing for me to read couldn't have been better with current heat wave the US is facing!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gary Allen on May 30, 2012
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Like all the books in The Edible Series, Ice Cream, is fun to read, well-researched, and lavishly illustrated -- but really, can there be anything more irresistible than ice cream? All of the Edible books contain recipes, and Ice Cream is true to form. It is filled with historic and modern treats that will keep me busy ( and cool) all summer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Van Harriman on May 24, 2012
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Delicious! (I couldn't help it!) What's more fun than learning about the world's favorite dessert, savoring the history of the cold concoction, indulging in bite-size facts about the frozen, creamy wonder? Catherine the Great an ice cream devotee? I should have guessed. Howard Johnson, despite the breadth of his motel/restaurant empire, always considered himself an ice cream man? Of course. The range of cultural, historical references in 'Ice Cream' is truly impressive. Reading it made me very happy -- and not a single calorie!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lindapanzo on November 16, 2013
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This enjoyable little book from the Edible series offers an interesting, worldwide look at ice cream, from its early days through its development in the U.S.

From the soda fountain and soda jerks through the popularization of the ice cream cone at the 1904 St Louis World's Fair through Good Humor ice cream trucks, Eskimo pies, Howard Johnson's, Baskin Robbins, and super premium brands such as Ben & Jerry's, probably anything anyone would want to know about ice cream history, along with information about mechanical advances, is in here. Also of interest are the variants on ice cream that people outside the U.S. enjoy.

An interesting book that left me craving ice cream. Yum!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SCStrong on August 17, 2012
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Laura B. Weiss' charming book, Ice Cream : A Global History is a delicious confection for a hot weather read. Intriguing facts and historical background tell the story of frozen delights. This book is comfort food reading with no calories!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ann Miller on May 7, 2012
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I loved reading Ice Cream: A Global History! It was as fast-paced as a "whodunit", filled with fascinating stories and facts (the invention of Eskimo Pies, why there are 31 Baskin and Robbin flavors, how the US Navy built a floating ice cream parlour during WWII, to name a few) -- and it brought back fond memories of summer evenings with all of us kids lined up at the Good Humour truck. I might even be inspired to try one of the recipes -- since I don't own an ice cream maker, it won't be the Roquefort and Honey Ice Cream (sounds so intriguing), so maybe a Purple Cow!!!
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