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Scoop: 125 Specialty Ice Creams from the Nation's Best Creameries Paperback – May 3, 2011
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Providence Journal, 5/25/11
"Anyone can follow her recipes and make premium ice cream, gelato and even dairy-free sorbets. By mixing fresh fruit with sugar, milk and a few seasonings, you have your own small-batch homemade ice cream…. In fact, the book is rather current, with stories about great ice cream shops, old and new, across the country. In that way, it serves almost as a travel guide…. In fact, there is very little in the world of ice cream, gelato, sorbet and sherbet not discussed within the pages of Brown’s 240-page “Scoop,” and all of it will make you crave a cone or a cup."
Mariani's Virtual Gourmet Newsletter, Vol IX
"I'll sit down for hours with any cookbook Ellen Brown writes--and there are a slew of them--so I pay attention when she turns her focus on what is, let's face it, the world's favorite food. Had this book only been a collection of Brown's recipes it would be well worth the modest price, but this is much more, for Brown has always been an astute culinary historian, and she lovingly describes the background and special qualities of wonderfully ice cream stores all over the USA, from Bassetts in Philadelphia and Herrell's in Northampton, MA (she rightly credits Steve Herrell for creating the artisanal ice cream movement) to Graeter's in Cincinnati and Sweet Republic in Scottsdale, AZ. The recipes are culled from these icons, and Brown makes sure they work for use in the home kitchen."
"What makes Brown's book so great (is) making ice cream isn't difficult, it simply requires more focused attention than we think to make that revelatory every night scoop.
Jenn Garbee, LA Weekly, May 13
Brown's recipes (Campari grapefruit sorbet, cashew caramel swirl ice cream) aren't exactly complicated, they're more the highly focused types. What's interesting here is that Brown lassoed in and adapted recipes from some pretty stellar ice cream shops around the country, along with plenty of just plain old "good" affairs -- the sort of rare balance that makes us want to actually make that chocolate Cabernet ice cream (Moomers in Michigan) and its black licorice ice cream cousin from Wisconsin's Door County Ice Cream Factory."
Bar Harbor Times, 6/22/11
"Ellen has a highly developed palate, the ability to recreate the dishes she samples, and razor-sharp writing skills. She brings all of these skills, plus her encyclopedic knowledge of the chemistry of cooking, to “SCOOP,” a collection of recipes for ice cream, gelato, sherbet, and sorbet from the best artisanal purveyors of frozen delights across the country… If you only have room for one ice cream cookbook on your shelf, this is the one."
"Brown breaks the myriad of fanciful flavors into clear-cut, reader-friendly chapters: for instance, classic vanilla, chocolate and coffee are allotted their own sections, as are fruits, nuts and seeds and even liquor-infused ice cream. Furthermore, among the many ice cream selections you'll find creative standouts like the Grapefruit Campari Sorbet, the Mojito Ice, the Fig Gelato, the Chocolate Peanut Butter, the Sesame Brittle Cinnamon and the Apple Pie Ice Cream. There are also instructions for homemade hot-fudge, marshmallow and butterscotch sauces."
“Brown makes it simple in ‘Scoop: 125 Specialty Ice Creams.’ Her first chapter ‘The anatomy of ice cream,’ breaks it down into basic science. ..To create the soft creamy texture of ice cream, the key is aeration. Brown describes it as ‘solids, liquids and gasses all happily and deliciously mixed up.’ …Thankfully, Brown adds techniques for avoiding common pitfalls, like scrambling the eggs in your custard-style ice cream by overheating them. …This is a lovely cookbook. …It offers a kaleidoscope of flavors gathered from mom-and-pop ice cream shops across the country.”
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These are some of the best ice cream and sorbet recipes ever! This book cracks the code of why Italian sorbets always taste better than ones here. The sugar syrup is reduced and thickened with cornstarch so the sorbets have a creamy quality, although there's no dairy in them. The Blood Orange Sorbet is so delicious I made a second batch before I even finished the first one, and I made the Peach Sorbet with frozen peaches because fresh ones aren't in season, and it's great too. This is a book that every ice cream lover will love, and the photographs make it beautiful too.
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I love love love this ice cream cookbook!! Every ice cream I have made from this cookbook is exceptional! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
An excellent book.The history of the creameries is inspiringPublished on July 8, 2014 by KOLEOLA ADENUGA
I was going to get rid of my ice cream maker until I stumbled across this book. I can finally make Ice Cream that doesn't just taste like frozen creamy egg! Read morePublished on December 8, 2013 by Robert
It is apparent that the recipes in the book are not the original recipes but are the authors version of the originals since most have the same fouindation for the ice cream base.Published on October 5, 2013 by M. Earle
The same recipes all over again. Please don't buy this book. What a disappointment!
I really don't want to say anything else about the book.
I like the book. I just checked all the recepies and they are good but surprisingly no matter where all this recepies are from the Nation's Best Creameries, as it advertise in... Read morePublished on May 30, 2013 by Lulu
I received this book for Christmas from my son (and main consumer of my homemade ice cream) and have not used any other book since! Read morePublished on February 10, 2013 by Janice Cameron