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A Passion for Ice Cream: 95 Recipes for Fabulous Desserts Hardcover – April 20, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Edition edition (April 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811846024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811846028
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 9.1 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #974,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bravo Ms. Luchetti!
K. Montgomery
This is the first cook book that I've seen that is ice cream, ice cream and only ice cream.
John Matlock
The book had so much promise, but I find it to be disappointing in several ways, alas.
S. Tolleson-Rinehart

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By S. Tolleson-Rinehart on November 2, 2006
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The book had so much promise, but I find it to be disappointing in several ways, alas. The recipes I've tried have been delicious, and the instructions accompanying those recipes are fairly clear and authoritative, although the discussions and instructions don't rise to the level of a cooking teaching tool, as would, for example, anything by Julia Child, Marcella Hazan, Jacques Pepin, or any of the King Arthur Flour baking cookbooks, all of which really teach one new skills while providing wonderful recipes. In this case, I was already pretty experienced at making ice cream before I bought the book. Were I a tyro, I don't think this book would be the best introduction, although of course there is nothing like plunging in and trying.

My biggest disappointment, though, is the organization of the book: ice cream recipes are "bundled" with their accompanying cookies, garnishes, and the like; instead of a group of recipes for chocolate ice cream, for example, we have a group of recipes for ice cream sandwiches, with ice cream of any of several different flavor families. One has to dig around in the index at the back of the book to find, say, recipes for chocolate ice cream. I would much prefer to have an index or table of ice cream recipes, by flavor and page number, right up front -- I don't want to spend so much time looking for the flavor I want.

My next disappointment is that the text is printed in a graphically attractive and most stylish but virtually illegible size and color. My middle-aged eyes struggle desperately to read the book, even with my reading glasses on, and I surely can't prop the book 18-20" back from my utensils, to read as I work without changing position, as I like to do with my cookbooks.
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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Jame B. Droste on June 16, 2006
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Early on in the introduction pages the author blows off Gelato, "I'll leave it to the Italians". She mostly ignores custdard based ice creams to concentrate on "American Ice Cream", spell that Philadelphia style ice cream. Well, okay. to each their own. Then she includes recipies for cookies, cakes, etc., which have nothing to do with my ice cream maker.

I think ice cream lovers are better off buying the Williams-Sonoma book. If you want a reprise on the old Cooks Ilustrated ice cream book look into the latest Cooks Illustrated Best Recipies book. It has a great synopsis of their original book, it is far less expensive than the $99 used book sellers are asking for the original on Amazon and offers some great food recipies as well.

James Droste

Texas
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By H. Grove (errantdreams) TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 9, 2007
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"A Passion for Ice Cream" is not simply a book of recipes for ice cream itself, although it might be easy to mistake it for that from the title alone. Instead it's book of ice cream desserts (and other frozen desserts). For instance, you'll find caramelized apple and butter pecan ice cream sundaes, chocolate-covered-pretzel ice cream ball fondue, chocolate-coated cocoa nib florentines and orange ice-cream sandwiches, black mission fig and raspberry parfaits, chocolate banana baked Alaskas, mango soup with coconut sherbet and strawberry sorbet, and warm blueberry filo stacks with Grand Marnier ice cream. As you can see, these aren't simple "mix, put it in the ice cream maker, and forget it" recipes. This is not a negative--sometimes it's a ton of fun to make such elaborate and beautiful desserts--but you should know what you're getting yourself into before you decide to buy this book.

When it comes to actual performance, the recipes exhibited the quality of testing I'm accustomed to from Chronicle Books. I never found a confusing set of directions or obvious error. Two of the recipes from this book found immediate places in our stable of favorites--the brown sugar ice cream in its chocolate cake roulade (with warm coffee caramel sauce!) is a bit messy, but so incredibly delicious that no one will care. The white chocolate ice cream (destined to float in espresso according to the recipe, but I enjoy it plain, or in coffee or hot chocolate...) is one of the best white chocolate ice creams I've ever had. The only sour note was a Cafe Viennese frozen yogurt shake; it was so tart we had to add sweetened cocoa powder in noticeable quantities to make it enjoyable. And while it's good enough that we finished it, I don't think we'd make it again.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Montgomery on June 7, 2006
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Yes, I am a cookbook junkie, I own over 250+ cookbooks. Passion for Ice Cream ranks right up there among the best cookbooks I have purchased. I commend Ms. Luchetti for realizing how important pictures of the final product are for those of us who like to see the end results. The pictures in this book are absolutely beautiful! I'm having a difficult time figuring out which recipe I want to try next! This cookbook has really grabbed my attention and I really can't put it down (except for sleep). I'm sure I'm going to be day-dreaming at work on which recipe to try next. I also like the combinations in the book on ice creams and cookies, crepes, chocolate, & toppings. Ms. Luchetti is very creative with flavors however, the cookbook inspires you to create your own as well! I also have to say I originally purchased this book for its sorbets and now it appears my favorites are the ice creams. The quality of this book made me purchase A Passion for Desserts and 4-Star Desserts... I can't wait for them to arrive. Bravo Ms. Luchetti! Simply perfect!
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