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

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Ripe seasonal fruits. Fragrant vanilla, toasted nuts, and spices. Heavy cream and bright liqueurs. Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Every luscious flavor imaginable is grist for the chill in The Perfect Scoop, pastry chef David Lebovitz’s gorgeous guide to the pleasures of homemade ice creams, sorbets, granitas, and more.

With an emphasis on intense and sophistica
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Ten Speed Press
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Gwen
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food
5.10.2018 update:
Since Lebovitz updated his classic ice cream cookbook, I wanted to see how much had changed--and if I needed to swap my older edition for the new one.

Thankfully for me, the changes are minimal enough that I don't feel the need to buy the newer edition. But thankfully for you (if you don't already own a copy), both editions are excellent, so whichever version you find will work great for your ice cream making adventures. As Lebovitz points out in his blog post/book announcement,
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Deanna
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read plenty of cookbooks intro to index, but only a few will I take on as project books. I think I’ve found my next project. Everywhere I can adjust the ingredients to work for me, I’ll give it a test.

If it’s going to be forever summer where I live, I may as well make something of it.
Ivonne Rovira
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
I first encountered David Lebovitz online, and I absolutely adored his cookbook/memoir My Paris Kitchen. So my expectations for The Perfect Scoop were pretty high. Even so, Lebovitz completely met them. The Perfect Scoop provides an exhaustive how-to guide to making every type of frozen confection, just as the title promises. Lebovitz even provides recipes for mix-ins and sauces and suggests sources for ice cream makers and receptacles! It doesn’t get better — or more delicious — than this!
Aleeda
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Alison
Aug 05, 2007 rated it really liked it
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 pre ...more
Jody
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Ice cream is my weakness. I love cooking, baking, anything food related, and after getting an ice cream maker for Christmas, I'm on the hunt for great ice cream recipes. After trying one of David Lebovitz's ice cream recipes from his website (Ginger and White Chocolate - heaven), I decided to hunt down his cookbook.

So now I want to make every single recipe in here. I think I've finally found my cookbook that I'm going to make every recipe in. YUM.
Sarah Payne
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Connie
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. Well-researched and well-written recipes, with lots of classics and lots of fun new flavors to try. Good explanations of techniques for various types of appliances for freezing ice cream. Also an excellent section on cones, treats to use as mixins or toppings, etc. Stays nicely focused on its subject, which is one that isn't covered in most other cookbooks, so it's quite unique. This is one I got at the library but I'll be purchasing to add to my collection.
Bruno Espadana
A beautiful revised edition of David Lebovitz's classic ice cream book, with 200 recipes for many different types of ice creams, toppings and other accompaniments. I learned how to make homemade ice creams from the original book, which became my bible and main source of inspiration. This edition is a wonderful update and I can't wait to try out new recipes like the Negroni Slush and the Spritz Sorbet!
Stella
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ice-cream
Very informative and occasionally humorous (though sometimes the author's sarcasm is a bit off-putting). Has a variety of recipes and some very nice photographs.
Nic
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
These recipes look great, and they come with fun little commentaries. Plus, I'm happy to have the author explain techniques like the best way to layer a "ripple" into your ice cream. Can't wait to try some of these out!
Elizabeth
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
So excited to try these recipes!
Haley S
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
I want to make so many recipes from this book!!! The pictures look so good. Plus, I'm an ice cream addict. :)
Dawnie
Beautiful book with fantastic recipes that gives you everything you might wish for in regards of icecream and what you want to it with!

Who doesn't love icecream?
And who doesn't love making it at home?
If your answer is not ME to both of those, get this book and fall in love with both!

This book has a huge selection of a lot of different ice-creams, a lot of different flavours and ideas that really everyone can find their personal favourites.

I love that it does not only include milk-based ice crea
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Maze Branch Oak Park Public Library
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 People's ...more
Beth
Jun 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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adri patamoma
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
J Crossley
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There is a huge selection of frozen desert recipes contained in this book. I really appreciated the introduction because the basics of making the ice cream recipes were given. Breaking down how to make the "batter" helped me because I did not previously know how to make ice cream.

The following types of recipes are included : ice cream, sorbet/sherbet, granitas, sauces/toppings, and mix-ins. This book will take care of my needs since it is so comprehensive.
Beth
Nov 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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!
Paula
Jun 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
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)
Kim
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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!
gail
Aug 09, 2012 added it
Shelves: read-in-2012
This counts! I read it AND I am trying some of the recipes. :P
Yaaresse
This is an update of Lebovitz' ice cream book from about ten years ago, a book I've checked out of the library nearly every summer since it was published. Figured it was about time to get my own copy. I'm happy it is now available as an ebook.

Some of the author's more recent books have become more memoir and blog than cookbooks. Some people like that, but then a lot of people who read cookbooks don't every really cook. It doesn't bother then to wade through pages and pages of "let me tell you a
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Elizabeth
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even in the dead of a midwestern winter, it's never too cold for ice cream and it's always the right time for a new or newly revised David Lebovitz cookbook.

I own the previous version of this book - along with all of his other books. The revisions only enhance a book that was already spot on. With one omission: there's nothing quince in this book. A quince sorbet would have been a wonderful addition. Oh well. Will be happy serving the labne ice cream flavored with rosewater.

All of Lebovitz's boo
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Mari
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My family loves homemade ice cream, and it's the only ice cream that I can eat without coughing and sneezing immediately afterward. There must be some preservative in store-bought ice cream to which I am allergic, so if I want to enjoy the creamy heavenly dessert, I have to make it at home. Here comes David Lebovitz to the rescue! This book has the toppings you can only dream about, from cooky dough to dulce de leche, granolas to blondies. Also appealing are the chef's notes on how he encountere ...more
Pamela
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Title: The Perfect Scoop, Revised and Updated - 200 Recipes for Ice Creams, Sorbets, Gelatos, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments
Author: David Lebovitz
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Date of Publishing: March 27, 2018

This book given to me by NetGalley and Ten Speed Press in exchange for my honest review.


From the basics of the perfect Ice Cream Custard to the additives to make the perfect scoop all the way to the toppings to place on top. I will admit that I have a fondness for the hard chocolate toppin
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Amanda Bright
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading the updated version of this book. Read every word and it is now on my to-buy list as soon as I get to the bookstore. I have made ice cream in the past but stopped because my ice cream maker developed a problem. Just got a new one from Cuisinart and can't wait to start making some of the things in this book along with others documented in Payard Desserts. We just use the freezer part of our fridge but I know if we had a bigger freezer we would fill it with many varieties of ...more
Fiorella
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it
*Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review*

3 stars. Why? Well, I liked this book but I prefer the ones that have more pictures about the results of each recipe. It was difficult to understand some steps to prepare the recipes since I am a beginner, there are some concepts I still can't understand. Although, this book gave me a lot of information(it was a really complete book) because I was really ignorant about how to make an ice
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Nicole
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking
The Perfect Scoop, Revised and Updated by David Lebovitz is a nice collection of classic ice-cream recipes with plenty of photographs. The forward by the author explaining the research he put into the original book, and also the revision, is well-written. I make ice-cream quite often during the spring and summer months, and these recipes are easy to follow, with a nice variety of flavors and styles to suit every palate - toppings and baked goods are also included! It's a little too cold to try a ...more
Janet Savill
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
I love reading David Lebovitz's blog. This book offers more of his anecdotes and helpful cooking tips along with recipes for delicious ice cream. The recipes are flexible, I've successfully changed out mix-in ingredients and toppings. I found the information on equipment very helpful and I had a lot of fun making and devouring my ice cream.
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