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Ice Carving Made Easy (Hospitality, Travel & Tourism) 2nd Edition

2.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0442015077
ISBN-10: 0442015070
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"With this new edition of Ice Carving Made Easy, Second Edition, Joe Amendola shares with all present and future ice carvers the resurgence of this historic art form. This book will guide and inspire thousands of chefs and artists to enjoy the artistic fulfillment, professionalism, and camaraderie of the exciting art of ice carving." —Larry Malchick, President, National Ice Carving Association "The information on the history, tools and accessories, different methods, types of ice blocks, and the safety and precautionary measures in ice carving will be of tremendous help to many young enthusiasts in their goal to become professional ice sculptors." —Hiroshi Noguchi, C.E.C., A.A.C., Executive Chef, Stouffer Orlando Resort Here is the first new American ice carving manual to be released in ten years! Written by a culinary master, Joe Amendola, it addresses current developments in the field of ice carving. It emphasizes American and European subjects and designs in an attempt to offset the exclusivity of oriental designs in available Japanese books. The organization of Ice Carving Made Easy, Second Edition allows for carvers of every proficiency to use the book with success—each stage of creating a carving is discussed, from manufacturing of ice to the final presentation. Such introductory topics as the handling of ice, hand and power tools, and templates are described in as much detail and given as much attention as the more complex sections about carving faces, fusing, and developing multiple block sculptures. Each of the 34 ice sculptures that Amendola presents is supported by step-by-step instructions that allow the novice and expert alike to create show-pieces that will add a special touch to banquets, buffets, and special events. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Hospitality, Travel & Tourism
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Van Nostrand Reinhold; 2nd edition (May 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0442015070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0442015077
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,262,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on December 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
From a realistic point of view, the book doesn't help a whole lot. Unless you are a japanese master, you will struggle with the vague instructions. The pictures are very nice, but that's about it.
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I am just thankfull that I personally didn't have to cough up the forty someodd bucks paid for this. The title should read "Money from an Ice Carving Book - Made Easy". Some nice pictures, but zero substance. Most of the template drawings are not even in the proper ratio for a 300lb carving block. And how about this for step by step instruction: 1. Prepare your graph 2. Lay the ice on a piece of Styrofoam. 3. With a saw, remove any ice not required. 4. Shape out the tail and wings. 5. Smooth out the detail. 6. Finish the base. That's it! No kidding! Real helpful eh?! I guess the best way to learn to carve ice is to just get ice and practice. This book certainly isn't going to give you any help, tips or secrets - that's for sure!
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The author makes good use of templates and photographs, however the written instructions are very vague and not very helpful.(i.e. carve the head, shape the wing, etc.)
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There is no way you can get all those feathers carved into the cube before the ice melts even if you put it back in your drink from time to time. None of the other reviewers liked the book either. And they probably read it, which would give their reviews more validity. So save your money and instead invest in a Fred & Friends Tintonic Ice Cube tray...the cubes are shaped like the Titanic! Just tell everybody you carved the little boats yourself. Give 'em enough gin, they'll believe anything. Certainly works for me.
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