Like the initial spotting of a snowflake in winter, the first lick of ice cream off a cone eaten in the insect-buzzy twilight of the earliest warm night is a notable transition of the seasons. Here are five new books to inspire—and supply—that rite of passage.
- Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Desserts by Jeni Britton Bauer (Artisan).
Using ice cream as a main ingredient for another dessert? Brilliant! Bauer (of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home fame) extends her array of irresistible offerings to include cobblers, cakes, empanadas, and fritters, not to mention sundaes (and sundae toppings). Recipes abound, as does Bauer’s trademark sense of style and fun.
- Coolhaus Ice Cream Book: Custom-Built Sandwiches with Crazy-Good Combos of Cookies, Ice Creams, Gelatos, and Sorbets by Natasha Case & others (Rux Martin: Houghton Harcourt).
As delicious as a waffle cone can be, there is something particularly delightful about an ice cream sandwich. Growing from a food truck to a three-state phenomena plus an online store, the Coolhaus company’s inventive treats (with their nods to architecture) are both fun and educational. This guide to their style, recipes, and inspiration provides a summerful of goodies.
- Scoop Adventures: The Best Ice Cream of the 50 States: Make the Real Recipes from the Greatest Ice Cream Parlors in the Country by Lindsay Clendaniel (Page St.). Providing a tour of the nation’s best spots for ice cream, Clendaniel surveys the landscape from D.C. to South Dakota and offers samples of the most delicious and unique flavors from beloved shops. There is the honey sunflower seed scoop from Moorenko’s in Silver Spring, MD, and the blueberry kale from the Hop in Asheville, NC, plus dozens more all illustrated and finely detailed.
- Ruby Violet’s Ice Cream Dreams: Ice Cream, Sorbets, Bombes, and More by Julie Fisher (Hardie Grant).
This sophisticated, lavish, and stylish guide to bespoke ice cream is based on the offerings of Fisher’s London shop and food truck. Learn how to jazz up your creamy frozen treats with recipes that extend well past strawberry and chocolate to side offerings such as brittles and sauces as well.
- Ample Hills Creamery: Secrets & Stories from Brooklyn’s Favorite Ice Cream Shop by Brian Smith & others (Stewart, Tabori & Chang).
A destination ice cream shop in New York, Ample Hills Creamery serves up flavors ranging from the nostalgic (bubblegum) to the tipsy (stout and pretzels) to the blissful (strawberries and cream) and more (there is even a section of flavors suitable for the brokenhearted). Discover the creamery’s recipes and methods in this glorious guide, full of stunning photos and charming illustrations.