Ice Cream: A Global History (Edible)

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Be it soft-serve, gelato, frozen custard, Indian kulfi or Israeli glida, some form of cold, sweet ice cream treat can found throughout the world in restaurants and home freezers. Though ice cream was once considered a food for the elite, it has evolved into one of the most successful mass-market products ever developed.

In Ice Cream, food writer Laura B. Weiss takes the reader on a vibrant trip through the history of ice cream from ancient China to modern-day Tokyo in order to tell the lively story of how this delicious indulgence became a global sensation. Weiss tells of donkeys wooed with ice cream cones, Good Humor-loving World War II-era German diplomats, and sundaes with names such as “Over the Top” and “George Washington.” Her account is populated with 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 dessert cultures like Italy’s continue to thrive, and new ones, like Japan’s, flourish through unique variations.

Weiss connects this much-loved food with its place in history, making this a book sure to be enjoyed by all who are beckoned by the siren song of the ice cream truck.

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About 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 TimesNew York Daily NewsTravel + LeisureEdible 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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Ice Cream: A Global History [looks] back at ice cream's enduring appeal to people around the globe - It's a MUST read this summer...with ice-cream in-hand of course! (Food Network Magazine)

In Ice Cream: A Global History, food writer Laura B. Weiss tells the fascinating story of a popular...frozen treat....Embellished with clever illustrations and a nice selection of historical and contemporary recipes. (The Wall Street Journal)

Ice Cream: A Global History is the place to turn if you want to know the backstory of everyone’s favorite frozen treat!” (David Lebovitz, author of The Perfect Scoop )

“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 )

“The subject is captivating enough to keep the interest of students of cultural history as well as ice cream fanatics or foodie historians.” (Library Journal )

“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 )

“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 )

 “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 )

“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 )

“The book is perfect read for professional chefs, informed foodies, and culinary historians — as well as curious ice cream lovers. Laura deftly tells the sweet story of one of the world’s favorite foods.” (Virginia Willis )

“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 )

“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 )

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