Ice Cream: A Global History
Cookbooks continue to be my reading material of choice these days, and I now have a new one to add to the list. Written by my friend Laura Weiss, Ice Cream: A Global History explores the enduring appeal of a frozen treat that's adored all around the world. A fun-filled guide, it's full of sweet facts (did you know ice cream in Turkey is so thick you need a knife to cut it?), striking photos, and 26 vintage and modern recipes, including one for sweet corn ice cream from pastry chef Claudia Fleming. Laura's book is one of three that was released this month as a part of Reaktion's Edible Series (the other two focus on potatoes and dates) and The Wall Street Journal said they're all an unpretentious and welcome relief in this age of culinary excess.