Saturday, August 27, 2011

For Neha

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

By giving me this beautiful new book, Neha gave me ice cream for a lifetime. She knows how obsessed I am over Jeni's ice cream. Thank you, Neha!

If you have an interest in making ice cream, buy this book. I love reading cookbooks, and this one is an extremely good read with stunning pictures and detailed instructions. The flavors are real ones from Jeni's stores, each more intriguing than the last. Flipping page after page of ice cream porn leaves your hands itching for an ice cream maker.

Since I received the cookbook just a couple weeks ago, I have made basil ice cream with honeyed pine nuts, peanut butter ice cream with dark chocolate flakes, spicy curry chocolate ice cream with raisins and coconut, watermelon lemonade sorbet, and beet ice cream with marsapone, orange, and poppy seeds. Our ice cream machine has been spinning wildly and I've eaten more ice cream than I care to admit.

The fact that our kitchen has produced five flavors should by no means suggest that making this ice cream at home is easy. Most ice cream recipes require very few ingredients, just cream and sugar to make the basic recipe, but Jeni's is not that simple. Her easiest flavors involve cream, cream cheese, whole milk, cornstarch, corn syrup, and sugar. I'm usually extremely comfortable in the kitchen, but making Jeni's I find myself in all sorts of disasters, like pouring a bubbling black mess of pine nuts down the drain or straining white globs of cornstarch out of my liquid ice cream. It's fair to say these recipes are a challenge. I now totally understand why they're sold for $12 a pint. Jeni's is worth every penny.

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