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Of Sugar and Snow: A History of Ice Cream Making ( California Studies in Food and Culture #25)
by Jeri Quinzio
Was ice cream invented in Philadelphia? How about by the Emperor Nero, when he poured honey over snow? Did Marco Polo first taste it in China and bring recipes back? In this first book to tell ice cream's full story, Jeri Quinzio traces the beloved confection from its earliest appearances in sixteenth-century Europe to the small towns of America and debunks some colorful m ...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published May 5th 2009 by University of California Press
(first published January 1st 2009)
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Jul 22, 2010 Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I liked the first several chapters of this. It was a wonderfully interesting food history that drew from a diverse array of sources. But once it got to the 20th century, it started to become less interesting. Probably because it was more about large companies and less about individual cooks, entrepreneurs, and housewives.
Jun 29, 2010 Audrey rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
A fun microhistory on the evolution of ice cream and its industry. Can be quite technical at times, but is pretty interesting throughout. Chapters can be read out of order if you're only interested in a specific era.