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Jun 6, 2009 12:19 PM

your favorite ice cream recipe book

Just got a 1-qt. ice cream maker, but am unhappy with the Ben & Jerry's ice cream book (they use egg yolks but don't cook them at all, and none of the flavors I've tried so far do not taste anything like what I can pick off the shelf).
Anyone got any recommendations? (Extra points for including good sorbet recipes).

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  1. I'm a fan of The Perfect Scoop, by David Lebovitz. Lots of great recipes for ice cream, sorbet, frozen yogurt, plus stuff to go with.

    It was a selection for the erstwhile dessert cookbook of the month project, so there are lots of reports. Here's the master thread (leading to other threads):

    Here are two other threads with lots of discussion:

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    1. re: Caitlin McGrath

      I bought the Perfect Scoop after purchasing my Ice Cream Maker and it hasn't let me down since! Lebovitz includes a huge number of recipes for ice creams, sorbets and more. Really delicious and Lebovitz is always fun to read. Highly recommended book.

      1. re: newfoodie

        Me three! Great book. Although you may find that he does not cook his egg yolks either. I think he does suggest using pasteurized eggs, if you are leery of ... what is it? salmonella?

        1. re: linengirl

          A little. While my husband and I are great eggnog fans, I'd rather not serve uncooked egg to any of my 10-yr-old's friends in case they are overly sensitive.
          That's all I'd need; someone getting sick from something I made.

          1. re: Michelly

            I don't think this an issue at all with The Perfect Scoop. It's full of both eggless (Philadelphia-style) and cooked custard-style ice cream recipes. The few that might contain raw egg whites would be easy to skip.

    2. I don't own it, but have borrowed it from the library after someone paraphrased a recipe from it for me here: THE ULTIMATE FROZEN DESSERT BOOK by BRUCE WEINSTEIN

      Recently made orange julius sherbet from it, which was fantastic. Earlier this year, I made peanut butter gelato--divine! I need to get my own copy of this one.

      Edit: In fact, you can find both these recipes (paraphrased) here on CH if they're of interest and you can try 'em yourself.

      Peanut Butter Gelato:

      Orange Amaretto Julius Sherbet:

      And here's the book:

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      1. re: kattyeyes

        Complete title of the book is one of the things I like so much about it. Here ya go:

        The Ultimate Frozen Dessert Book: A Complete Guide to Gelato, Sherbert, Granita, and Semmifreddo, Plus Frozen Cakes, Pies, Mousses, Chiffon Cakes, and More With Hundreds of Ways to Customize Every Recipe to Your Own Taste

        Howzat? :)

        1. re: kattyeyes

          Thanks, I just ordered a used copy for $1.00!

          1. re: HillJ

            Can't miss! I should do the same! :)

      2. Another vote for The Perfect Scoop. His blog is also pretty great. Nigella Lawson's Forever Summer also has a good ice cream section, though it's a full course cookbook, not exclusively ice cream.

        1. Thanks to all! Will immediately order "The Perfect Scoop" and "Ultimate Frozen Desserts"!