Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice cream

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That was all it took. The next year, Ten Speed Press published Lebovitz's The Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments and it landed with a bang on the best-seller lists. A paperback version is still in print; the book remains a hit more than a decade later.

An ice cream cookbook is a very specific thing. Unlike most other cookbooks, it assumes — and often requires — that you own an appliance that most people don't consider necessary. For most recipes, a knife and fire suffice; for traditional French, Italian, and American-style ice cream, a cook needs either a machine, or a lot of elbow grease.

There's also the matter of the ingredients: milk and sugar, sure, but no one keeps quarts of heavy cream and dozens of egg yolks lying around. You have to want to make ice cream, and if you invest in both an ice cream maker and an ice cream cookbook, you have to want to — or you have to convince yourself that one day you will want to — make it on some sort of regular basis. All this despite the availability, low cost, and convenience of high-quality ice cream on almost every corner, at markets, gas stations, carts, trucks, and grocery stores.

You have to want to make ice cream, and you have to want to make it on some sort of regular basis

Churning ice cream at home is a hassle. Even the fanciest machines rarely spin more than a couple of quarts at once, and the standard home machine will churn just a quart at a time, and that's only after you freeze the insert for 24 hours. Two new books dedicated to the frozen confection aim to make the case that all of this — even with the ease of getting pre-made ice cream, even in the Lebovitz's bible and others that have come after it — is a worthy use of time and effort. In the name of this summer's two major new ice cream cookbooks, and, I churned up 16 quarts of the stuff. Was it worth it?

The oldest ice cream cookbook on file at the Library of Congress, a French book titled Art de bien faire les glaces d'office, dates back to 1786. The first recipe for ice cream in an American cookbook was published in The New Art of Cookery in 1792. And until the 1990s, ice cream cookbooks were mostly written by home cooks or non-specialized chefs. They were general instructional manuals, not too different from the paperback booklet that comes with every countertop ice cream machine.

Then the trend in ice cream books shifted. Though Ben & Jerry's — trailblazers in all things sweet and frozen — published their namesake cookbook all the way back in 1987, the ice cream cookbook as monograph arguably didn't begin to become a genre until 1999 when New York Times columnist Melissa Clark published the . In the early aughts, mirroring the rapid rise of the celebrity chef, the ice cream-only volume became an exciting niche among dessert cookbooks. Over the course of that decade, the ice cream cookbook evolved from instruction manual into an anthology of an author's unique theories about how to make the frozen treat. Call it the celebrity ice cream chef cookbook — or at least, the celebrity ice cream shop cookbook.

The ice cream cookbook evolved from instruc­tion manual into an anth­ology of an author's unique theories about how to make the frozen treat

2011 was a big year for ice cream cookbooks, New York City-based pastry chef Christina Tosi published the long-awaited cookbook, containing recipes for all sorts of sweets, but notably spilling the secrets of her famous soft-serve. That same year, Ohio-based ice cream obsessive Jeni Britton Bauer published, providing recipes for the best-loved ice creams from her eponymous shops and retail line.

The next several years saw an explosion in volumes from high-profile, media-darling ice cream shops: LA's Cool Haus, San Francisco's Humphrey Slocombe and Bi-Rite Creamery, and Brooklyn's Ample Hills Creamery all came out with gorgeous, full-color hardcover books filled with recipes for signature flavors, toppings, and combinations. Taken together, these books are as much an exercise in small-business theory, branding, and lifestyle as they are recipe books, and they sold well both because their namesake shops had legions of fans, and because their ice cream chef-authors are beloved local celebrities. But it's hard to say whether the books sold people on actually making ice cream at home.

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