“In Ice Cream: A Global History, the author traces the cold treat’s long journey from an Italian delicacy for the privileged in the 17th century to a mainstream staple whose popularity boomed in America in the mid-1900s. Weiss, a food and travel journalist who attended Simmons College, chose the subject despite having an ice cream allergy for much of her childhood. ‘Sometimes you are attracted to the things you were denied as a child,’ she says. ‘The day the doctor told me I could finally eat ice cream was a red letter day for me. My mother gave me a spoonful of vanilla, which I can taste to this day.’”—Boston Globe
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?Ice Cream: A Global History takes the reader on a vibrant trip through ice cream history, stretching from ancient China to modern-day Tokyo. As befits a food so strongly identified with celebration, the story of ice cream is a lively one - food and travel journalist Laura B. Weiss examines how this delicious indulgence became a global sensation. Ice Cream tells of chimpanzees wooed with ice cream cones, humour-loving World War ii German diplomats, and sundaes with names such as 'Moonlight on the Ganges' and 'Sweetheart Lovey-Dovey Supreme'. The account is populated by Chinese emperors, English kings, former slaves, women inventors, shrewd entrepreneurs, Italian immigrant hokey-pokey ice cream vendors and gourmand American First Ladies. Today American brands dominate the world ice cream market, but vibrant ice cultures like Italy's continue to thrive, and new ones, like Japan's, flourish through unique homegrown twists to the beloved treat.
“In her fascinating new book, Ice Cream: A Global History, author Laura B. Weiss takes us on a journey from ice cream’s beginnings in ancient China to its present day evolution into an artisanal offering. Nestled throughout the book are fun factoids. . . . Weiss even discovers that there is one thing the Arabs and Israelis agree on: their love for ice cream.”—Dessert Professional
“Ice Cream: A Global History . . . look[s] back at ice cream’s enduring appeal to people around the globe—from George Washington''s ice cream cravings to today''s upwardly mobile Chinese—and celebrates the enormous popularity of a beloved treat that never goes out of style. It’s a MUST read this summer . . . with ice-cream in-hand of course! :)”—Food Network Magazine.com
“An informative and lighthearted book about ice cream of all varieties. The book is slender to the hand, but packed with history, facts, and stories.”—In Mama''s Kitchen
“Laura Weiss paints a compelling portrait of everyone s favorite dessert. She traces the transition of ice cream from a luxury reserved for the wealthy to an everyday treat accessible to the masses, while never allowing history to obscure a sense of pure pleasure.”—Palm Beach Illustrated
“We are quite taken with the short but engagingly readable Edibles series of handsome little books on basic, well, edibles, as in the cultural and global history of one type of food or beverage. Originating in England from Reaktion Books but written by foodie journalists or food science academics on both sides of the Atlantic, these spritely, much-illustrated books are a peruser’s delight.”—Toronto Star
“In Ice Cream: A Global History, food writer Laura B. Weiss tells the fascinating story of a popular, mass-produced frozen treat that began life thousands of years ago as the dessert of kings. Ice, hauled down from the mountains and stored in ice houses, formed the base of sweetened ‘sherbets’ for ancient Persian rulers.”—Wall Street Journal
“A fun, smartly written series appropriate for a popular audience that likes to eat . . . the Edible series books provide level-headed and enjoyable overviews of food culture . . . These will create a little library that any foodie will be proud to show off . . . aesthetically pleasing volumes with decent content that would make good presents.”—Winterthur Portfolio, on the Edible series
Meet the Author
Laura Weiss is a professor of journalism at New York University and a freelance author, specializing in food, travel, and lifestyle. Her writings have appeared in the New York Times, New York Daily News, Travel + Leisure, Edible Brooklyn, and on Foodnetwork.com. She blogs about food and society for the Huffington Post and is editor of foodandthings.com. She was a reporter for Congressional Quarterly, a writer for Time’s school edition, and a director at AOL.
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