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Ice Cream: A Global History

(The Edible Series)

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Be it soft-serve, gelato, frozen custard, Indian kulfi or Israeli glida, some form of cold, sweet ice cream treat can found throughout the world in restaurants and home freezers. Though ice cream was once considered a food for the elite, it has evolved into one of the most successful mass-market products ever developed.

In Ice Cream, food writer Laura B. Weiss takes the rea
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Reaktion Books
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Vanessa Wolf
Nov 22, 2012 rated it liked it
A short, but handy text on the history of ice-cream. I am unfamiliar with the Edible Series this was published under (nor am I likely to become familiar as I'm not a 'foodie'), but I enjoyed this volume. I've always wondered where the cone part came from. Weiss gives a brief, but thorough history not only of ice-cream and its origin in various countries, but also the role ice-cream played in global and national history, and the history of a few major ice-cream companies. This isn't a blow by bl ...more
Jan 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Nonfiction. This was much less of a 'global' history than the title promised, focusing mostly on the US, the UK, and France. Also, most of the book was far more concerned with particular companies (though my one true love, Jeni's Ice Cream, did not get mentioned) or inventions of new machines to make ice cream, instead of focusing on the delicious food porn that any ice cream book should embrace. Ah, well. There were some interesting facts: that the triumvirate of vanilla, chocolate, and strawbe ...more
Tara Brabazon
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another volume in Reaktion Book's Edible Series, this book is a triumph. It is incredibly difficult to write a 'global' history. The nature of colonization - and colonizing food production and consumption - is that European nations and the United States tend to dominate the discussion. This would seem inevitable in the discussion of ice cream. However Weiss manages to balance a diversity of 'locals' into her study, with some fascinating attention on Japanese ice cream culture in particular.

Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you love ice cream or even remotely like it this book answers all your questions and some you never thought of. Fun and entertaining as well as surprising in its facts it makes a fun food a fact food.
Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I received this book from a First Reads Giveaway...

This book will find itself on my coffee table for the summer! It was a fun read, fairly quick, but a comprehensive (whoa, details!) look at the global and historical world of ice cream.

I enjoyed the historical background sections the most. I hadn't even heard of the "ice boom", or of people making millions from it. Or the story of how "Haagen-dazs" came to be...

The recipes at the end were a bit of a surprise! Humorous and informative, but not as
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I very much enjoyed this book. I never really thought about the history of ice cream before, but it certainly does have a very interesting one.

I liked that the book was not too long and did not go too much into all the other countries, but I have to say that if I was interested in a truly Global History, it fell a bit short.

I used this book as part of my research for an ice cream program I volunteered for. This book was perfect because it included a lot of useful information, focused primarily
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I won this book, Ice Cream: A Global History, via Goodreads Giveaways. This is an excellent and thorough book on just about everything you could think to ask about the facts and history of ice cream and its delightful and widespread appeal. Full of interesting facts, forms, and worldly applications this book would be excellent for anyone interested in making, studying, or exploring ice cream or any of its variations. This is a shorty but a goodie and couldn't be on a more appealing topic! I can ...more
Jun 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food, history, nonfiction
Like all of the Edible books, this one is interesting, well-written, nicely illustrated, but very brief. I quite enjoyed it, and I felt like I learned something about ice cream. I didn't realize that it had been around for so long, for one. But it is a very brief overview. Are there other, more in depth books on the history of ice cream. I don't know, I've only ever seen cookbooks. There are a few recipes at the end of this book, though, but nothing really exciting. Unless the idea of sweet corn ...more
Rachel Nazareth
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food
I thought this book was really excellent. When I noticed I was overindulging in ice cream at the beginning of the summer I stumbled onto this book at the library and thought it would help me curb my ice cream cravings.

It did the trick and I learned so many interesting things about ice cream along the way.

Also when things were getting too intense with my job it was nice to come home and at the end of the day switch gears mentally to pondering the history of ice cream. A great easy read.... Wish
Dec 23, 2013 rated it liked it
This is my first book in the Edible Series, and I have enjoyed it. Now I know what to expect in the next books (more history, less recipes).
Ice Cream: A Global History provides a good history coverage of the subject, and interesting yet "old" recipes; I just wish there were more ice creams provided as I expected more.
Recommended reading for those interested in reading about a specific food topic.
Gary   Allen
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Like all the books in The Edible Series, Ice Cream, is fun to read, well-researched, and lavishly illustrated -- but really, can there be anything more irresistible than ice cream? All of the Edible books contain recipes, and Ice Cream is true to form. It is filled with historic and modern treats that will keep me busy ( and cool) all summer. Thank you, Laura Weiss!
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I entered to win this giveaway, and didn't. So I requested that my local library get it and I'm glad they did. It's an easy read with a lot of fun facts that you probably didn't know about ice cream. This was also the first book I've read out of the Edible series, and if they are all as interesting as this one I will be reading more of them.
Katelyn Kesterton
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was an interesting book about Ice Cream. It tells you about the whole complete history and even throws in some cool recipes.
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I love ice cream so I decided to write a history of this fabulous dessert. When not eating ice cream, I'm a journalist and blogger. Credits include: The New York Times, Travel + Leisure, the NY Daily News, I was a reporter for Congressional Quarterly and a writer for TIME's school edition. I've also taught journalism at New York University. Follow me at Check o ...more

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