- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Edition edition (April 20, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0811846024
- ISBN-13: 978-0811846028
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 1 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #797,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Passion for Ice Cream: 95 Recipes for Fabulous Desserts Hardcover – April 20, 2006
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book several years ago and quite honestly never looked at it until... I recently purchased an Ice cream maker. Read morePublished on June 28, 2011 by ireemystic
The photos are beautiful and the ideas are great, but a lot of the recipes couldn't possibly have been tested. Read morePublished on May 12, 2007 by P. cake
I confess. The first thing that I did after I picked up this book was head for an ice cream shop just to get a fix so that I could get through it. Read morePublished on November 10, 2006 by John Matlock
Author Emily Luchetti combines her passion for ice cream with the vivid photos of Sheri Giblin to create a masterful book that explores the world of gourmet ice cream desserts. Read morePublished on July 7, 2006 by Chocolate Zoom Magazine
FINALLY! An ice cream cookbook that offers more ideas than just scooping ice cream into a bowl and adding some sauce. Read morePublished on June 28, 2006 by E. Sweetland