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The Ciao Bella Book of Gelato and Sorbetto: Bold, Fresh Flavors to Make at Home

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When you think of the most delicious and fresh gelato and sorbetto in America, you are craving Ciao Bella. The premier gelato and sorbetto maker in the country may be known for using the world’s finest ingredients—Sicilian lemons, Valrhona chocolate, Louisiana pralines—but you don’t need
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Clarkson Potter (first published 2010)
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Jul 08, 2010 Deb rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: cooking
For the past two years, I've been educating myself in cooking by reading cookbooks. I look for recipes that include fresh ingredients and try to keep it simple. It's not that I don't want to be a great cook who can make elaborate recipes, but I've found that a lot of cookbooks add unnecessary or expensive ingredients to make their recipes more "gourmet" and appealing to the foodie uprising.

Ciao Bella has made a lovely cookbook. The recipes:
- are easy to follow (most gelato concoctions are based
Cookbook. Ciao Bella Gelato is a thing apparently and they're certainly patting themselves on the back for it here. The basics section is incredibly runty, mostly Ciao Bella talking about how great Ciao Bella is. I do like that all the gelati are made from one of two bases, chocolate and "plain" (seriously, they couldn't have come up with a better name than plain? Like, say, panna, which is Italian for cream?). The recipes for both are in the beginning of the book and then you add fruit or flavo ...more
The recipes we tried were good: basic chocolate with a few variations, peanut butter, and peach gelato & sorbetto. The chocolate was crazy rich, even for me. The peach seemed a little anemic, though that might be my own fault. I tried to double the recipe and it may not have come out the way I'd planned. The peanut butter was delicious! The one thing I will say is that, even though it's good ice cream, it's not like the gelato I remember from Italy. Part of that is my equipment. It's near im ...more
I've tried my hand at ice cream making more times than I can count, and even using the Ben & Jerry's recipes, the result has never been as creamy and perfect and delicious as my first try at one of the Ciao Bella gelato recipes. It was, quite simply, sublime. The process is a little time consuming (you do have to make a custard on the stove and chill it for four hours/overnight before you put it in the ice cream maker), but it's worth it. If you want to wow dinner party guests with your home ...more
O mio dio I don't think I can accurately describe how much I love this book. Received it May 2011 as a graduation present, coupled with a Cuisinart gelato/sorbetto machine (actually marketed as an ice cream/frozen yogurt machine, but I don't think I'll ever be making that). Favorite recipes so far are: bourbon butter pecan, blackberry cabernet (though all of them are fantastic).
This is a delightful and vibrant cookbook with loads of delicious recipes and color photos to savor. Anyone who enjoys frozen treats may feel the urge to purchase or get out their ice cream maker and start making a batch up right away, no matter the season. I'm especially looking forward to trying the pumpkin spice, chai, green tea, and pistachio gelato flavors.

I got a lot of great ideas from this and made my dad coffee-flavored gelato for Christmas which, of course, I tasted & of course it was wonderful!!
I actually made gelato out of this and it worked. It's also beautiful and full of crazy (but not too crazy) ideas for flavors.
Can't wait to try some of these recipes---like the Blackberry Cabernet Sorbetto and the Chocolate Stout Gelato.
I'm thinking this book and an icecream maker would be a great gift!
I want to make every recipe in this book!
Great recipes. Yum!
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