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Delicious, divisive and a little demented,
This review is from: Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream Book (Paperback)I live in San Francisco and I know Humphry Slocombe well. To be above board, you should also know that I adore Jake and Sean, proprietors of HS, and authors of this book. So, having only just finished reading the book, but not yet cooking from it, this review is the opinion of someone who a) loves the ice cream when they make it, b) hasn't yet tried the recipes (though I'm sure they're perfect! fabulous!) c) thinks just about everything that jake/sean/humphry slocombe makes is genius. Genius in a way that sometimes scares me. And sometimes makes my tummy feel nervous. But is always brilliantly inventive, clever and usually more audacious than I could ever imagine.
So, my first impression (again, not having yet made the recipes) is that I almost wish there weren't recipes. I just want them to keep telling me their glamorous stories of trannies, homeless ladies, cranky customers and the brilliant anecdotes of life in the tiny little ice cream shop that has caused so much fuss around the internet. Their voices ring true - I can hear Sean's gossipy tone, revealing the secrets of their life, and I can feel Jake's awkward way of hiding his crazy secret genius. I found myself devouring their writing in the same way I devour their tin roof sunday (with malted milk chocolate, v*nilla, and pepper and mint chip ice creams, please!).
And, honestly, if I never make a recipe from this book, it doesn't actually matter. I've been inspired by how well their voices have emerged on paper, their candor in telling their stories and their lack of boundaries. And, certainly, by their relentless pursuit in challenging the notions of what an ice cream shop should be. And, besides, where else are you going to see an ice cream book with a 4:1 tranny to cute-kid-eating-an-ice-cream photo ratio? (I would wager that one kid photo was the publisher's decision, not the authors).