Of Sugar and Snow: A History of Ice Cream Making

Of Sugar and Snow: A History of Ice Cream Making

by Jeri Quinzio
     
 

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"Was ice cream invented in Philadelphia? How about by Emperor Nero, when he poured honey over snow? Did Marco Polo taste the first ices in China and bring recipes back to Italy? In this lively and entertaining book, the first to tell ice cream's full story, Jeri Quinzio traces the beloved confection from its earliest appearances in sixteenth-century Europe to the…  See more details below

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"Was ice cream invented in Philadelphia? How about by Emperor Nero, when he poured honey over snow? Did Marco Polo taste the first ices in China and bring recipes back to Italy? In this lively and entertaining book, the first to tell ice cream's full story, Jeri Quinzio traces the beloved confection from its earliest appearances in sixteenth-century Europe to the small towns of America - from kings' tables to kids' cones and debunks some colorful myths along the way. She explains how ice cream is made, describes its social role, and connects historical events to its business and consumption." Of Sugar and Snow describes the origins of the ice cream sandwich, soda fountains, the ice cream soda, and ice cream sundaes and provides a fascinating array of recipes, from a seventeenth-century Italian lemon sorbet to a twentieth-century American strawberry mallobet. Included are such delicious milestones as the invention of Eskimo Pies, Popsicles, Dixie cups, and the Good Humor man. A diverting yet serious work of history, Of Sugar and Snow traces how this once elite status symbol became today's universally available and wildly popular treat.

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“Masterfully documents ice cream’s modern evolution from junket tablets for the home icebox through the. . . industrial ice-cream production.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520265912
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Series:
California Studies in Food and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.80(d)

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"Masterfully documents ice cream's modern evolution from junket tablets for the home icebox through the. . . industrial ice-cream production."—Booklist

Meet the Author

Jeri Quinzio is the author of Ice Cream: The Ultimate Cold Comfort and a contributor to the ice cream entry in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America. She has written on articles on a variety of food history topics for numerous periodicals and newspapers.

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