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

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

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

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 sophisticated flavors and a bountiful helping of the author’s expert techniques, this collection of frozen treats ranges from classic (Chocolate Sorbet) to comforting (Tin Roof Ice Cream), contemporary (Mojito Granita) to cutting edge (Pear-Pecorino Ice Cream), and features an arsenal of sauces, toppings, mix-ins, and accompaniments (such as Lemon Caramel Sauce, Peanut Brittle, and Profiteroles) capable of turning simple ice cream into perfect scoops of pure delight.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580082198
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony
Publication date: 05/04/2010
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 150,336
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 10.18(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

DAVID LEBOVITZ has been a professional cook and baker for most of his life; he spent nearly thirteen years at Chez Panisse until he left the restaurant business in 1999 to write books. He moved to Paris in 2004 and turned into a phenomenally popular blog. He is the author of six books, including The Perfect ScoopReady for DessertThe Great Book of Chocolate, and a memoir called The Sweet Life in Paris, and he was named one of the Top Five Pastry Chefs in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Chronicle. David has also been featured inBon Appétit, Food & Wine, Cook’s Illustrated, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Saveur, Travel + Leisure, and more.

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Perfect Scoop 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Kendra_in_CA More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended to me by several friends when I got an ice cream maker, and I've been very happy with it. The basic instructions for different kinds of delicacies are very helpful, and the recipes themselves are great. My favorite recipe is the Fresh Fig, and I am eagerly awaiting fig season so I can make it again! I've also made the Fresh Mint and Coffee ice creams several times each. I appreciate the variety of recipes for ice creams and sorbets, as well as for all the add-ons, vessels, and toppings. I highly recommend it!
Isfahan More than 1 year ago
Last summer my family decided to start making icecream. I picked up an icecream maker at a yard sale and started with the recipes in the book. At that point, a friend bought me The Perfect Scoop. She said it was not worth making icecream without it. I had never made icecream and since we have this book we have become (in)famous for our icecream variations. What is wonderful about the book is that it provides clear, simple recipes for all the icecream toppings and additives. Chocolate coated peanuts? Got it. Simple chocolate sauce? In there. And my favorite - an egg free choc chip cookie dough which can be thrown into a batch of vanilla for my son's favorite. The information is simple enough for beginners. The custards are tricky (but surprisingly forgiving) and after a while you can innovate a bit with the information provided. We have developed our own salted caramel which is as delicious than the one we had to wait in line for at Molly Moon. The author has a website which includes some of his recipes but the book itself is a pleasure and inspiration with many lovely illustrations and rich commentary. Enjoy!
mkc388806 More than 1 year ago
This book has many recipes other than ice cream. It also has recipes for sherbert sorbet and gritanas. Along with those ther are also recipes for candies to mix into the ice cream. He also gives recommendations on what goes well together and recipes for sauces as well. The only bad thing I can say is you MUST have self control, these are very delicious!
MNChick More than 1 year ago
Great book with recipes for every kind of frozen treat; gelato, sorbet, ice cream, sherbet and many toppings and add ins.
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Charlene_Eze More than 1 year ago
I added this book to my wish list and got it for Christmas. I just love it. I was happily surprised to find recipes for mix-ins like brownies, peanut butter, red beans, etc. at the end of the book. I can't wait to make ice cream...the first one that I will try will be the Vietnamese Coffee Ice cream recipe and use crushed dark chocolate espresso beans as the topping. The author is a great pastry chef too. I love the little stories he adds to introduce a recipe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ice cream is delicious my fave is vanilla or cookies and cream!