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The Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  6,351 Ratings  ·  128 Reviews
Ripe seasonal fruits, fragrant vanilla, toasted nuts, and spices, heavy cream and bright liqueurs, chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate - this is a generous collection of classic and contemporary recipes for ice creams, sorbets, granitas, and sweet accessories.
Hardcover, 246 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Jacqui Small (first published May 1st 2007)
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May 26, 2016 Gwen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food
Now that it's summertime again, it's time to break out my trusty manual ice cream maker (one of the best thrift store finds of my life!) and make all sorts of frozen treats. This is the second time I've checked it out of the library, and instead of doing what I usually do with cookbooks and just copy down the handful of recipes I'm interested in, I finally broke down and bought the book. And I rarely buy books...this will be just the second book purchased all year.

Lebovitz just has too many rec
Aug 05, 2007 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people with ice cream makers
Shelves: cookbooks
This book has a ton of delicious & unusual ice cream recipes (as well as granitas, sorbets and sherbets). They are, almost exclusively, French/custard-style - this means that you have to cook a custard, chill it, and then freeze your ice cream. This is not as difficult as you may initially think while reading the instructions, it simply requires you to be on top of things and able to multitask well in the kitchen (or otherwise get everything set up before you start). A handful of flavors are ...more
Aug 11, 2011 Aleeda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-shelf-food
I have a bunch of ice cream cookbooks already. Perfect Scoop has quickly earned it's promotion from the ice cream shelf to the favorites shelf. To start with the book has more than 100 recipes, and drop-dead gorgeous pictures of ice cream, aka, food porn. Add to that a wonderful assortment of interesting flavors, a top notch review of ingredients and their function in an ice cream recipe, plus tips and resources for hard-to-find ingredients, this book has delivered ultra-high quality frozen dess ...more
Maze Branch Oak Park Public Library
Aug 05, 2015 Maze Branch Oak Park Public Library rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ice Cream Lovers
Each month we'll ask you to make two recipes from a designated cookbook: we'll choose the first recipe and ask you to make it at home; you'll choose the second and bring it to our discussion to share. We'll meet to discuss both recipes and to sample the one you chose. We'll have a potluck of tasty treats! This month's selections are People's Pops by Nathalie Jordi, David Carrell, and Joel Horowitz and Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz, and our recipe choices are Strawberries & Cream from Peopl ...more
Feb 10, 2015 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first reviewed this book, I gave it five stars based on its comprehensiveness and the unusual flavors I was excited to try. And after having this book for two years, I'd have to say that it still deserves five stars.

This is the ultimate ice cream recipe book, the Holy Grail of ice cream if you will. Not only does it have tried and true favorites like vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and shows you different approaches to making them (e.g. Philadelphia style which is with no eggs, and custar
adri patamoma
Sep 24, 2011 adri patamoma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
este livro é incrível -- ele tem muitas receitas super facinhas, e outras pro confeiteiro mais experiente; tem sorvetes, frozen yogurts, gelados, sorbets, e não só isso, mas também acompanhamentos deliciosos, como pralinés, brownies, cookies, caldas de chocolate, de frutas, marshmallow, casquinhas de sorvete... tudo pra deixar o seu sorvete maravilhosamente divino! as fotos são poucas, mas lindíssimas, e as receitas são muitas e todas parecem ótimas. agora só me falta fazer muitos docinhos gosto ...more
Sarah Payne
Nov 19, 2013 Sarah Payne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
I've looked at a lot of ice cream cookbooks, and none of them even comes close to this one. I've tried many recipes from this book and every single one reaches the-best-ice-cream-I've-ever-eaten status. David gives two main types of ice cream: French (with eggs) and Philadelphia (no eggs, just cream), along with many mix-ins, flavor combinations and serving vessels. He covers the classics and has enough wacky flavors that you will never get bored. Ice cream ingredients are kind of expensive, mak ...more
Jul 29, 2009 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
This is the book Steph refers to as "The Ice Cream Bible" and I have to say it's pretty informative and has some top-rate recipes and techniques. I've already found one recipe that I would modify the next time though, that being the basic Philly-style Vanilla (which turned out like cold fluffy whipped cream, even though I used the 2 c. cream and 1 c. milk variation instead of the 3 c. cream). Does that mean I'll be taking my own interpretation on ice cream scripture? (kidding)
Feb 15, 2009 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Just about anyone willing to go the extra mile for good food
A bit beyond the typical Goodreads scope, but oh my oh my, this book has led me to make the best ice cream. I mean the BEST ice cream I've had in my life--the Aztec "Hot" Chocolate Ice Cream--and I even omitted the brandy. I am eager to try the many traditional flavors and the likes of Olive Oil Ice Cream or Pear Pecorino Ice Cream or Fresh Fig Ice Cream. I can also vouch for the superiority of their granitas--my favorite--Pink Grapefruit!
Aug 14, 2013 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food
For any homemade ice cream fans out there, this is THE best book, sort of the bible when it comes to making your own. I HIGHLY recommend it!
This counts! I read it AND I am trying some of the recipes. :P
Dec 27, 2016 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So many inventive and delicious ideas for ice cream. Instructions are detailed and precise.
Jan 01, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, readin2010
I feel a bit weird including this on my shelf, as it's not the type of book that one would read cover-to-cover. However, I got an ice cream maker for my birthday last summer (the ice cream maker attachment for the KitchenAid stand mixer—totally recommended), and I checked this book from the library. And rechecked it. And rechecked it. And finally got my own copy for Christmas.

I've tried at least half a dozen recipes from The Perfect Scoop, and I've yet to experience a single fail—everything fro
Feb 17, 2016 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has a good explanation of why ice cream preparation needs to be done in a certain way, and gives pointers on how to make creamy smooth ice cream and sorbet

Worth picking up even if you only ever make the chocolate and vanilla ice cream. These are the best recipes I've ever tried. Creamier than Ben and Jerry's. I use a kitchen aid ice cream bowl on my mixer.

Some recipes I want to try:

Ice Cream
25 Philadelphia style Vanilla
26 Chocolate- most awesome ice cream recipe!!!
30 Chocolate-peanut
Apr 04, 2012 Ina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, cooking
"Holy crap, I already gain weight by looking at the pictures!" was the first thoght that came into my mind when I hold this book into my hands. This is the ultimate ice cream bible. I had a look into many other books about making ice cream, and this one was just perfect. You'll get the basics and advanced tips so (if you want) could even create your very own recipe. You really don't need though - the book does not only contain all kinds of ice creams (like sorbets, semifredo, frozen yoghurt) but ...more
Sep 10, 2016 Rlsalvati rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library, cooking
The perfect ice cream handbook. I checked this out from the library and used it enough that I purchased a copy.
Jul 13, 2013 Janis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, cookbooks
I had just bought an ice cream maker attachment for my Kitchen Aid stand mixer, and wanted to make my absolute favorite ice cream flavor--peanut butter and chocolate. Searching online for recipes, this cookbook was continually referenced in the blogs I found. I decided I had to get it. The pb & chocolate came out DIVINE. The recipes are written clearly and succinctly. The anecdotes sprinkled throughout are enjoyable and not overwhelming. The photos are incredible.

4 stars instead of 5 for 2 r
Dec 31, 2015 Caroline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While this is my first ice-cream book that I've read and made things from, it's kind of already my favorite. I looked at a lot of different ice-cream books before settling on this one to use first. Other ice-cream books are a bit more adventurous with their flavors, but I wanted something classic and straightforward. I am so glad that this one fits that requirement. Even the more wacky flavors of ice-cream, such as basil or roguefort & honey, have a basis in real desserts and/or flavor pairi ...more
Jul 04, 2011 Iris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cuisine
Smirk, nay, chortle in the direction of the gourmet pints of ice cream in your local grocer's freezer case. You'll never be tempted by their syrupy-sweetness again once you've taken on the elegant, easily-followed recipes in this book, yielding the familiar flavors elevated to a sublime level, or wild novelties soon to be essential to your dessert repertoire. Lebovitz is my favorite dessert writer, and as a bonus, he's a born writer, charming and wry in his introductions and serving recommendati ...more
Nov 08, 2008 Katy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
The one thing I have never done in the kitchen is make ice cream. My mom made homemade Snickers ice cream every summer at our rented beach house. I always thought that ice cream was a mixture of frozen, churned, milk and cream. Not so! What my mother always made was actually Philadelphia style ice cream, not the custard based mixture that everyone else seems to like. I didn't know that there was a different name. The Philadelphia style is my favorite. If you've never made it, try it!

Beyond that
Jul 05, 2011 Punk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbook
Cookbook. Everything frozen and frosty, plus sauces, cones, toppings, and mix-ins. A comprehensive guide to frozen desserts, plus a neat tutorial on how to make custards, v. important. Goes through the basic ingredients and the work each one does in the final product, still won't tell me exactly how to substitute corn syrup for sugar. Why is this a gigantic secret?! Lots and lots of beautiful photographs. The recipes include traditional favorites, and non-traditional surprises like green tea ice ...more
Jan 19, 2010 Stacy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My son gave this to me for Christmas, smart boy. The Perfect Scoop is the perfect mix of classic, nouveau, and sentimental favorite ice cream recipes. I can't wait to try the vietnamese coffee, aztec hot chocolate, malted milk, peach, raspberry swirl, cheesecake, white chocolate, basil, and avocado ice creams, the gianduja gelato, green apple & sparkling cider sorbet, and champagne-cassis granita, um, I might as well just list the index, they all sound so good. I love the toppings, mix ins, ...more
Jennifer Worrell
Try to get this book and not make everything in it. Go ahead. I copied a few recipes that I did not already have in the two books I own, and already made the chocolate (great), fresh fig (very nice, tastes exactly like figs with a lemony finish), malted milk and a variant on pear-caramel (both made but not churned). If I had any more room on my bookshelf I might buy it (I ordered it from the library). And there are still another dozen or so that are on my to-make list, just as soon as I empty ou ...more
Rebecca Newman
Aug 11, 2013 Rebecca Newman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I decided a few weeks ago to make a new homemade frozen dessert each week. Why? Because I have a SERIOUS sweet tooth- that's why.

I borrowed this book from the library and it is absolutely GREAT. It has frozen yogurt, ice creams, sorbets, and even, at the end of the book- has delicious accompaniments like candied pecans and homemade peppermint patties.

I will forgive him the slightly 'artsy' recipes (black pepper ice cream? I think not.) because there are plenty of true-blue recipes to make up f
Donna B
Jun 15, 2013 Donna B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: great-cookbooks
The recipes in this book are innovative, and frankly, delicious (the ones I've already tried). But the best part of this book are the humorous commentary prefacing each recipe! David Lebovitz is one of my favourite cookbook authors, for this reason. His recipes are distinctly different, lavishly presented, and are seasoned with good cooking/baking tips for both the seasoned and novice chef. It is always nice to get a chuckle, too!
Apr 04, 2010 Kelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up because while searching ice cream recipes on the internet, both the chocolate and vanilla I picked came from this book and they were wonderful! Lots of varieties to choose from, including plenty of Philadelphia style ice cream, which is my favorite. Plus, little witty anecdotes at the top of every recipe, which makes it that much more enjoyable to flip through. Nice pictures and several yummy sound ice creams. I'm thinking I need to buy this one. Yes, it's that good.
Dec 14, 2015 Pamela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked that there are recipes using different techniques, so that you can choose a recipe according to your level of commitment for that day.

Lebovitz also has a voice that shines through the recipes so that the book even though it is a single-subject (mostly) cookbook is still interesting through the end.

The cheesecake flavor was to die for. The baked banana was also really good. And both were terribly easy, great value for your effort!

Dec 05, 2007 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It feels somehow a little inappropriate to review a cookbook alongside these novels and things, and it's not like I've read this thing from cover to cover, but - I love this book. The four recipes I've made from it have turned out beautifully, the writing is friendly and fun, and it's reliably inspirational to flip through. Also, the author has a blog I recommend checking out:, on cooking generally and the culinary life in Paris specifically.
Sheena Davis
May 14, 2013 Sheena Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Great tips at the beginning; list of ingredients and why they are used, difference between French and American style, help choosing a machine if you don't already have one.

Awesome recipes; great variety of recipes from standard vanilla to unique black pepper, includes many kind of frozen treats (ice cream, sorbet, granita, sorbet) as well as mix-ins, sauces and vessels. Many recipes have 'perfect pairings' with suggestions for add-ins and sauces.
Melissa Massello
Featured in Hints for Homemade Ice Cream on

"In his latest book, The Perfect Scoop, Lebovitz shares plenty of both age-old and affordable advice, tips, tricks, and gourmet recipes for recessionistas and frugal foodies interested in going DIY with their ice cream and its frozen cousins: gelato, granita, custard, sherbet and sorbet."
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American pastry chef living the sweet life in Paris! Author of several cookbooks, including The Perfect Scoop, the complete guide to making the best ice cream and frozen desserts at home, The Great Book of Chocolate, a guide - with recipes - for everything about everyone's favorite ingredient, and Ready for Dessert, a compilation of baking favorites, from an extra-moist Fresh Ginger Cake, to crunc ...more
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